Exclusive poll: 80% of Americans fear a “Second Holocaust.” I discussed this today on CBN. (See poll details, and video of interview.)

MEME-SecondHolocaust(Virginia Beach, Virginia) — This morning I appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network to discuss The Auschwitz Escape.

I shared the research I did for the book, and talked about the true stories that inspired the novel — specifically, the four heroes who actually did escape from the Nazi death camp 70 years ago this spring.

You can watch the full interview by clicking here.

During the interview, I also shared more of the results of the exclusive new polling we conducted through McLaughlin & Associates, a nationally-respected polling firm. We asked 1,000 likely U.S. voters the following question: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: ‘If the world does not take decisive action, and the Iranian regime is permitted to build nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them, the Iranian regime will one day attempt to annihilate the State of Israel and bring about a Second Holocaust’?”

  • 80.2% of Americans agreed and said they fear a “Second Holocaust.”
  • 16.1% disagreed.
  • 3.7% said they did not know.

To me, this is a stunning number. It indicates that Americans do not see the history of the Nazi Holocaust as some kind of ancient history. Across the board, Americans of all ages, income groups, ethnic groups, religions, political ideologies and regions of the country are deeply concerned that a “Second Holocaust” may be coming if world leaders do not take decisive action to stop Iran before it is too late.

This is the second poll question and answer we have released this week. The first indicated that 72% of Americans now view Vladimir Putin and the Russian government as a “clear and present danger to the U.S. and Israel.”

In the days ahead, we will release more of the polling data.

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Iran nuclear deal: Who gets what? White House releases details.

iran-flag(Washington, D.C.) — “Iran and six world powers — the US, Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China — have reached a technical understanding to begin implementing an agreement to rollback Iran’s nuclear program,” reports the Associated Press and the Times of Israel.

“The deal, coordinated by the European Union, aims to reassure the international community that Iran is not trying to develop a nuclear weapon,” noted the report. “In exchange, Iran will see a six-month suspension in sanctions that have crippled its economy. During that period, negotiators will work to craft a comprehensive, final agreement.”

On Thursday, the White House released details of the deal:

What Iran has committed to do:

—Halt production of near 20 percent enriched uranium and disable the centrifuge process used to produce it.

—Start neutralizing its near 20 percent enriched uranium stockpile.

—Refrain from enriching uranium in nearly half of the installed centrifuges at its Natanz site and three-quarters of installed centrifuges at its Fordow site.

—Limit centrifuge production to what’s needed to replace damaged machines.

—Refrain from building additional enrichment facilities or advancing research and development of enrichment.

—Refrain from commissioning, fueling or adding reactor components to its Arak reactor, and halt the production and additional testing of fuel for the reactor.

—Refrain from building a facility capable of reprocessing, which would allow Iran to separate out plutonium, which could be used to make nuclear bombs.

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If Iran keeps its end of the bargain, the six nations and the EU have committed to:

—Suspend implementation of sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical exports and sanctions on goods imported for use in its automotive industry.

—Suspend sanctions on Iran’s import and export of gold and other precious metals.

—Pause efforts to further curtail Iranian crude oil purchases by six economies.

—Free up Iranian money to help pay the educational costs of young Iranians, many of whom are attending US colleges and universities.

—Raises tenfold the ceilings for money transfers to and from Iran.

—Take actions to ease Iran’s access to $ 4.2 billion in restricted Iranian funds in several installments.


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U.S. now indicates Iran interim deal wasn’t quite finalized: “Technical details have yet to be worked out, State Department says, meaning six-month countdown to permanent deal hasn’t started and Iran isn’t bound by any new terms.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry, center, embraces EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, during a ceremony at the United Nations after an agreement was reached on Iran's nuclear program, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini/Times of Israel)

US Secretary of State John Kerry, center, embraces EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, during a ceremony at the United Nations after an agreement was reached on Iran’s nuclear program, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini/Times of Israel)

(Washington, D.C.) — “Iran is currently enjoying a ‘window’ of time before the six-month deal signed in Geneva early Sunday goes into effect, during which it is not bound to take any credible steps toward disabling its ability to produce a nuclear weapon, the State Department acknowledged Tuesday,” reported the Times of Israel. “State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the six-month interim period, during which Iran would take steps to rein in its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, has not yet begun. Furthermore, there are still a number of details to be worked out, she said, without specifying what points had yet to be finalized.”

“Her comments created confusion as to whether the much-touted interim deal, supposedly reached by P5+1 powers and Iran in Geneva in the early hours of Sunday morning, had actually been completed as claimed,” noted the Times. “Iran on Tuesday accused the US of publishing an inaccurate account of what had been agreed. And its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an address to the Iranian parliament Wednesday that Iran would continue construction on the Arak heavy water plant, in an apparent breach of the ostensibly agreed terms.”

“The next step here is a continuation of technical discussions at a working level so that we can essentially tee up the implementation of the agreement,” Psaki told reporters Tuesday. “Obviously, once that’s — those technical discussions are worked through, I guess the clock would start. Obviously, there’ll also be a reconvening of the political track with the P5+1, which Under Secretary Sherman will continue to be our lead negotiator on.”

“Psaki said that she did not ‘have a specific timeline’ for how long the window would be in place before the six-month period began, nor did there seem to be any mechanism in place to prevent Iran from stepping up nuclear production before the scale-down went into effect,” reported the Times. “In terms of what the Iranians are or aren’t doing, obviously our hope would be, given we are respecting the spirit of the agreement in pressing for sanctions not to be put in place and beginning the process of figuring out how to deliver on our end of the bargain, that the same would be coming from their end in the spirit of the agreement.”

“Similarly, she did not know what the timetable would be on sanctions relief, saying that there would still ‘be technical discussions,’” noted the Times. “It’s also not a all-at-one-time or a spigot that’s turned all the way on. So it would be a slow process that obviously we control, and some of those details are still being worked out.”

The Times added that “another field in which the deal seems not to be solidified yet is the question of how sanctions relief would be framed in response to nuclear slow-down on the part of the Iranians. Psaki said that the deal would not require Iran to complete all steps before sanctions relief is granted, nor would it grant the entire relief package — valued at between $ 4 and $ 7 billion — before Iran initiates a nuclear slow-down.”

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Here are details on the contours of the nuclear deal the U.S. is offering Iran.

According to The (UK) Telegraph, these are the contours of the “first step” deal the U.S. is offering Iran:

  1. Iran would stop enriching uranium to the 20 per cent level that is close to weapons-grade – and turn its existing stockpile of this material into harmless oxide. 
  2. Iran would continue enrichment to the 3.5 per cent purity needed for nuclear power stations – but agree to limit the number of centrifuges being used for this purpose. There would, however, be no requirement to remove or disable any other centrifuges. 
  3. Iran would agree not to activate its plutonium reactor at Arak, which could provide another route to a nuclear weapons -capability, during the six-month period. Iran may, however, continue working on the facility. 
  4. Iran would agree not to use its more advanced IR-2 centrifuges, which can enrich uranium between three and five times faster than the older model. 
  5. In return, American would ease economic sanctions, possibly by releasing some Iranian foreign exchange reserves currently held in frozen accounts.
  6. In addition, some restrictions affecting Iran’s petrochemical, motor and precious metals industries could be relaxed. 

“However, a [U.S.] senior administration official made clear that only “reversible” sanctions would be eased – and they could be re-imposed if Iran were to break any deal,” reported the Telegraph. “Hopes of reaching a ‘first step’ agreement of some kind were rising yesterday, with one Western diplomat in Geneva describing the talks as ‘lengthy, constructive and substantial.’”

“David Albright, the director of the Institute for Science and International   Security, a think tank which monitors Iran’s nuclear ambitions, cautioned   against an agreement that would not genuinely freeze the programme,” noted the Telegraph. “If Iran stopped enrichment to 20 per cent purity and converted its existing stockpile, this would be ‘nowhere near enough’ he said. Any interim agreement would be also undermined if Iran was still able to manufacture centrifuges, including the old IR-1s and the more advanced IR-2Ms. If so, Iran could then ‘emerge if the deal fell apart with several thousands IR-1s and IR-2Ms to be deployed rapidly in Natanz, and possibly even a third centrifuge plant,’ said Mr Albright. ‘I think it is quite reasonable to ask Iran to stop centrifuge manufacturing, but I’m not sure the US is going to go there.’”


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I’ll be speaking in Kansas this weekend about Syria & “Damascus Countdown.” Here are the details.

damascuscountdown-smallThis weekend, I’m honored to be speaking at several events in Topeka, Kansas.

  • Saturday, September 7th — Kansas Book Festival (see below)
  • Sunday, September 8th — Topeka Bible Church (all three morning services)

If you’re anywhere near Topeka, please join us if you can. I’d love to meet you.

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KANSAS BOOK FESTIVAL

Governor Sam Brownback and his wife, Mary, have invited me to speak about my novel, Damascus Countdownat an event at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, and I am honored to accept.

The event is the 3rd Annual Kansas Book Festival. It is free and open to the public, and will take place on Saturday, September 7th. I am scheduled to speak at 1:30pm in the House Chamber (details here).

I’ll be discussing why I wrote the book, and the latest developments and trend lines in Syria, Iran and the broader Middle East. The event will last about an hour, including Q&A, and will be followed by a book signing.

Governor Brownback and I first met and became friends when he served here in Washington, first as a Congressman, and then as a U.S. Senator. During his tenure, Brownback served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. He is a great friend of Israel and took a serious interest in issues related to Iran, Syria, Sudan, and the threat of Radical Islam.

“The 3rd Annual Kansas Book Festival will feature more than 25 locally and nationally-known authors who will give presentations throughout the day on their most recent books. The festival’s goal is to promote literacy and a love for reading among Kansans of all ages by hosting this day-long festival, awarding grants to libraries across the state and encouraging children to become writers through their annual writing contest. You can find more information, including the 2013 schedule, by visiting their website at www.kansasbookfestival.com.”


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