By COLlive reporter
U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler thinks the United States and its allies sent a “very bad message” to Iran by assisting in the effort to oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Capital New York reported that “>reported.
“What message were we sending, whether we intended to send it or not?” Nadler asked a crowd at the Second Annual Legislative Breakfast of Agudath Israel of America at the Down Town Association in Lower Manhattan on Monday.
Reid Pillifant reported that Nadler, a liberal on most things who is nevertheless a hawk on Israel, prefaced his comments about Gadhafi by saying, “I’m going to say one thing that may be unpopular here.”
Nadler’s argument about American involvement in Libya was that the lesson for embattled regimes like Iran’s is that Gadhafi’s cooperation with weapons inspectors, in the wake of the Iraq War, ultimately did him no good.
In his speech, Jarrod Bernstein, President Obama’s new liaison to the Jewish community, argued that American economic sanctions on Iran are creating economic instability, something that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acknowledged before his parliament.
“That’s not something you hear every day in Tehran,” said Bernstein, according to a report in The Jewish Star.
In addition to many elected officials, attending from Crown Heights were Eli Slavin, community liaison for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke; Reuven Lipkind, constituent liaison for NYS Senator Eric Adams; and Rabbi Zalman Shneur, Director of the Menachem Education Foundation.