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September 10, 2015

Don’t be a media dupe about Iran

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With members of Congress still working to defeat the Iran deal and leading Presidential candidates rallying against it, today’s Action is timely. The editorial, below, was just published as the featured “Highlight” on

We encourage you to go to to read it. Then, use the points made in that article, to send a letter to Congress.

This editorial reports things you wouldn’t know about Iran and the U.S. Government’s history with it. We preview the editorial, below…

Don’t be a media dupe about Iran

6 things the propaganda machine won’t tell you

by Jim Babka

President, Downsize DC

We (the co-founders of Downsize DC) made bold predictions prior to the Iraq war in 2003. You can still see them at We got things right, when nearly everyone else was wrong. We even predicted in advance that Iraq had no nuclear weapons.

How did we do that? Well, we knew politicians lie. We knew too that “War is the health of The State” and good for ratings. We also looked past the politicians and the media, and consulted history instead.

Now I want to do the same thing with the Iran treaty. Here are six things you should know to avoid being a media dupe…

1. U.S. and Israeli intelligence agree Iran is nowhere near having a nuclear weapon.

You wouldn’t know this from following the news, but it’s true.

Neo-conservatives (militarists), like Dick Cheney and Benjamin Netanyahu, have constantly made headlines with their repeated warnings that Iran is only six months away from having a nuclear weapon. But they’ve been crying wolf since 2006! How many times can you be six months away from the same event before you decide the claim is false?

Advice: Remember the false claims about Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction. Learn from that history. Prefer the less sensational intelligence reports over warmongering politicians.

2. It’s wrong to believe that Iran’s government is willing to commit suicide.

Many people think Iran’s leaders seek religious martyrdom through nuclear conflagration. They assert that Iran is eager to nuke Israel to bring this about. They support this claim by quoting anti-Israeli comments made by the Ayatollah Khomeini. But Khomeini has been dead for 26 years. Meanwhile…


There, you’ll discover the other four ways we’ve been duped about Iran and how we should respond.

After reading the editorial, Take Action…

If you find these arguments convincing, please write Congress and tell them to support the Iran treaty. You may find it helpful to copy and paste some or all of the above points as part of your letter to Congress. provides a free tool for you to give your so-called “representatives” their working orders.

Please also take steps to educate the public. Share this message with others.

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Thank you for being a DC Downsizer,

Jim Babka


Downsize DC

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