Tuesday, July 28, 2015

President Obama attacks GOP critics of nuclear deal with Iran

During a news conference in Ethiopia, President Barack Obama said the GOP is creating a culture of outrageous attacks that circulate through the internet, talk radio and news outlets. He said the American people deserve better.

“When you get rhetoric like this, maybe it gets attention and maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines, but it’s not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now.

“We’re creating a culture that’s not conducive to good policy or good politics. I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems that the country and the world face,” President Obama said.

Really comic. Obama caves on virtually all the initial negotiating points, goes to the UN rather than Congress with the treaty, plays politics by pre-announcing that the will veto a rejection by Congress, then accuses Republicans of playing politics.

No wonder our enemies appreciate Obama policies.  It's out allies that are consistently thrown under the bus, starting with Israel.

One of the most absurd things John Kerry said at the Senate hearings last week was that there is always a chance that the deal will fail and Iran will get the nuclear weapons it wants.

Is this an area where we can afford to take risks? Israel? If it doesn't work millions can die.

Any and every successful organization periodically goes through a house cleaning process wherein they get rid of old obsolete equipment and materials and readjust their inventory levels. From everything I've heard and read about this deal that's what the Iranians did and convinced our gullible leaders it was a reduction--elimination long ago left the vocabulary--of their nuclear weapons quest.

Of course they didn't do anything of the sort. They just streamlined their program and got us to certify it and lift sanctions and give them back up to $150 billion with which to continue their now much more efficient program. But in their cleverness they managed to do something else, they managed to tie us up in knots trying to figure out what just happened.

The kind of dictatorial regime in place in Iran is unnatural to the way the governing process has worked in that region over the centuries and is embedded in the culture—you have to read the interview to see why. As a consequence the best bet for doing away with the current regime is the people, the internal force that the people represent.

Yet look at the choice Obama made to rid Iran of nuclear weapons. He made a bet that he could reason with religious zealots. The alternative would have been to continue the pressure on the regime and continue bringing the West's case to the people, but we know how Obama wasted that opportunity when he had a chance six years ago during the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests.

Granted regime change driven by the people was a long shot, but changing the mindset of religious zealots is even more unlikely.

Now we are in a pickle because Obama has strengthened the hand of the mullahs not only by certifying for them a path to get nuclear weapons, but as important by strengthening the hand of radical Islamic leaders in the region, most recently Turkey.

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