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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 14 Nov 2011 06:24 pm

Norquist’s Network & Iran: Another Heads-Up for the GOP?

Today Clare M. Lopez and David Reaboi in their American Thinker post “Grover Norquist and the Iran Lobby” reveal that – –

“A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released this week shows that Iran has made considerable progress in its nuclear weapons program.  This alarming move toward a deliverable nuclear capability also demonstrates the dangerous consequences of the efforts-from 2007 through at least 2010-by a group of Washington anti-Israel activists and lobbyists who went to bat for the Islamic Republic through an organization known as the Campaign for a New American Policy for Iran (CNAPI).”

Intelligence expert and author Lopez and Big Peace’s Reaboi go on to explain:

“This report is about the ways that Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) supported CNAPI activities, through support for a second organization, the American Conservative Defense Alliance (ACDA), a founder and leader of the CNAPI campaign.  The policies for which CNAPI lobbied became the do-nothing Iranian policies of the Obama campaign in 2008 and of the Obama administration to the present day: no support for the Iranian Green movement and Iranian democracy activists, few or no economic sanctions, and no military option.  And advocacy for unconditional negotiations, as Obama had advocated during the 2008 campaign. The report first describes all the connections among Norquist’s ATR, and the lobbying groups ACDA and CNAPI — and then why those connections created dangerous consequences for national security.”

Conservatives are encouraged to follow all the dots in the Lopez-Reaboi post themselves.

Mr. Norquist’s non-taxpayer-protection-pledge activities should be of commanding interest to the conservative grass roots of Virginia and Maryland.

And just yesterday World Net Daily chief editor Joseph Farah urged “It’s time to dump Grover Norquist” declaring —

“In the past, I have spent some time explaining that Norquist represents the gravitational center of an effort at Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the conservative movement and politics in America more generally – especially Republican politics. Slowly but surely, more conservatives and Republicans are coming to that recognition. It’s a slow train only because so few with a soapbox are willing and able to explain it. Norquist has spent a lifetime building coalitions, raising money and growing power and influence. He sits on key boards of directors that help shape the agenda of the conservative movement – from the American Conservative Union, which produces the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, to the National Rifle Association.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Ann Corcoran of  Potomac Tea Party Report told us today she shares Joe Farah’s wonderment (below) about Norquist and the Left – –

“For the life of me, I can’t even figure out why the left hates him so. He’s much more of an ally than they know.”

Grass-roots voices who are troubled by these concerns should pass them on to the GOP sachems they usually talk with — and insist they review the lamentable Norquist record.

Even if they are Republican stalwarts before all else, point them to Representative Frank Wolf’s “Grover Norquist’s Relationships Should Give People Pause.”

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