The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens has aptly summed up Obama’s petulant speech defending his Iran nuclear deal: If you oppose it you are either a fool or a knave, no possibility of a rational alternative point of view.
“And so before the ink was even dry on this deal — before Congress even read it — a majority of Republicans declared their virulent opposition,” Obama said. ” Lobbyists and pundits were suddenly transformed into arm-chair nuclear scientists, disputing the assessments of experts like Secretary (of Energy Ernest) Moniz, challenging his findings, offering multiple — and sometimes contradictory — arguments about why Congress should reject this deal.”
Stephens questions the certitude of someone with Obama’s track record. Al Qaeda is not on the run. Assad’s days are not numbered. You could not keep your doctor or your insurance. There is no reset with Russia. And Yemen was not an anti-terrorism success story.
This was the speech in which Obama compared Republicans to Iranian hardliners, you know, the people he just negotiated the deal with.
“In fact, it’s those hardliners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It’s those hardliners chanting “Death to America” who have been most opposed to the deal,” Obama said. ” They’re making common cause with the Republican caucus.” The White House transcript indicates this was met with laughter and applause. Nice.
But now there are reports that the U.S. secretly agreed to a nuclear Iran back in 2011.
According to Israel Hayom:
The U.S. government began secret nuclear talks with the Iranian regime in 2011, when Holocaust-denying firebrand Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was still president, rather than after supposed “moderate” Hassan Rouhani was elected in 2013, as the Obama administration has claimed. This revelation was made public by Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a speech delivered on June 23.
Reportedly, Secretary of State John Kerry had relayed a letter to the Iranian regime recognizing Iran’s enrichment rights.
Who is comparing whom to hardliners?