The following article was written by Deb Meeker, a military mom, a resident of Newfield, NY (Tompkins County).
Rep. Tom Reed has accelerated his propaganda out of desperation – but disparaging an honored active service member? On Rep. Reed’s “Tom Reed” campaign page (Jan. 13, 2016) he posted this:
“Since President Obama was elected, he pursued a reckless foreign policy regarding Iran. He agreed to the Iran Nuclear Agreement which has already been proven ineffective and he has prioritized the relationship with Iran over our longstanding relationship with Israel. The Middle East has become more and more insecure because of these actions. Last month the Iranians dangerously provoked our Navy by launching a missile in close proximity to an American ship. Last week, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Sudan severed diplomatic ties with Iran. And, yesterday Iran took ten members of the U.S. Navy hostage. I am thankful they have been released, but the bottom line is Iran is dangerous, and President Obama and his foreign policy administration continue to seek to appease the Iranian regime.
My opponent John Plumb, former national security adviser to Obama, worked in the White House with the team that created the Iran Nuclear Agreement. He has stood by the failures of Obama’s foreign policy because he helped create it, and he has criticized me when I have tried to keep American’s safe through visa restrictions. The Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York need a representative who protects their families and stands up for the men and women serving our country.”
Obama’s ‘reckless’ foreign policy?
FACT: “A ship loaded with more than 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium left Iran for Russia Monday as part of a deal aimed to limit Iran’s nuclear program…..International Atomic Energy Agency verifies that Iran has complied with all of the nuclear commitments included in the nuclear deal.”
“I am thankful they have been released, but …”
FACT: Sailors who were taken by Iranian authorities were released within 24 hours. “Their quick release was hailed by the Obama administration as an unintended benefit of the new diplomatic relationship with Iran established by the nuclear accord negotiated between Tehran and the United States and five other nations in July.”
FACT: “(John) Plumb is a former Navy submarine officer who still serves as a commander in the Navy Reserves.” Plumb has earned military honors throughout his career.
“…he has criticized me…”
FACT: Rep. Reed fequently brags and posts about his father’s military career as though it were his own. However, Rep. Reed has never served our country in any military capacity. Reed disparages John Plumb’s continuing service to our country, yet Reed contnues to write that he “honors our military and their families”.
A politician who sees he’s losing ground would resort to contradicting himself in the same paragraph. Rep. Tom Reed certainly has a gift for not letting facts get in his way.