Today, President Obama gave a speech at American University in support of his disastrous Iran deal. It was everything Americans have come to expect of him: shallow, angry and rife with straw men and false choices. It was self-contradictory, full of lies, ignored reality and experience, and was ultimately viciously and gratuitously insulting. I could spend ten thousand words fisking the speech, but I’ll focus on only a few of the particularly low points.
In his trademark, ping-pong match style, his head swiveling left/right/left from teleprompter screen to teleprompter screen, he invoked the memory of JFK who once delivered a momentous speech at the same University. Mr. Obama painted himself an apostle of peace, but in such a way that he directly implied that anyone that opposes his deal desires war. Unfortunately, like too many progressives, Mr. Obama doesn’t understand that peace is not merely the absence of a mutually declared shooting war. He studiously ignores the fact that the Iranians, the very people upon whom he relies to cement his foreign policy legacy, have been in a declared war with America since 1979, and that a great many Americans have been killed, directly and through proxies, by that theocratic regime. Our service members continue to die by Iranian weapons and at the hands of their terrorist allies and proxies.
With all of the threats that we face today, it is hard to appreciate how much more dangerous the world was at that time. In light of these mounting threats, a number of strategists here in the United States argued we had to take military action against the Soviets, to hasten what they saw as inevitable confrontation. But the young president offered a different vision.
The Soviet Union could be deterred, and much wiser men than Mr. Obama had the spines to defend freedom until the Cold War was won. Under his leadership from behind, the Russian Bear is again devouring its neighbors and a nuclear arms race is underway in the Middle East, where terrorist factions and rogue nations, Iran foremost among them, cannot be deterred. This almost sounds statesman-like:
Under Democratic and Republican presidents, new agreements were forged: A nonproliferation treaty that prohibited nations from acquiring nuclear weapons, while allowing them to access peaceful nuclear energy, the SALT and START treaties, which bound the United States and the Soviet Union to cooperation on arms control.
All of this was accomplished only through American strength and resolve, not the weakness that is Barack Obama. The treaties worked only because we demanded–and got–verifiable inspections. As Ronald Reagan famously said “trust, but verify.” In the category of blatant lies:
After two years of negotiations, we have achieved a detailed arrangement that permanently prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. It cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb. It contains the most comprehensive inspection and verification regime ever negotiated to monitor a nuclear program.
As was true in previous treaties, it does not resolve all problems. It certainly doesn’t resolve all our problems with Iran. It does not ensure a warming between our two countries. But it achieves one of our most critical security objectives. As such, it is a very good deal.
There are only two possibilities: Mr. Obama is a pathological liar, or really believes, as he once bragged, his own bullshit. It’s possible both are true, and any possibility is a disaster for America.
Even if we believe that Iran will scrupulously honor the agreement, in 15 years, it is free to do whatever it wants. How Mr. Obama can claim his deal permanently prevents Iran from obtaining nucs is absolutely dumbfounding. Ultimately, Iran will be prevented only by the use of military force.
We now know that the “inspection and verification regime” is anything but comprehensive. The IAEA head, yesterday, admitted to secret side deals with Iran and refused to tell the Congress of their contents! Supposedly, even Mr. Obama can’t know their secret contents. Military sites are off limits, no Americans are allowed on inspection teams, and the Iranians are allowed to submit their own samples to the IAEA. This amounts to “trust and do nothing at all to verify.”
Remember, gentle readers, that one of the foundations of Islam, more specifically, Jihad, is that it is not only permissible, but a virtue for Muslims to lie to infidels. There is no possible deal we can trust Iran to honor. Here’s a hint about what is really going on:
Today, I want to speak to you about this deal and the most consequential foreign-policy debate that our country has had since the invasion of Iraq, as Congress decides whether to support this historic diplomatic breakthrough or instead blocks it over the objection of the vast majority of the world.
“Historic diplomatic breakthrough.” It’s a breakthrough indeed: for Iran. This is a vanity project for Barack Obama. It’s about his ego, his legacy. He’s so narcissistic, so unable to recognize and deal with reality, that he thinks a thing is so because he says it is. That nuclear war in the Middle East, the deaths of millions, is a highly likely result of this deal is unthinkable, because he’s Barack Obama and he can prevent such things but ignoring even the possibility. It’s even possible that he believes that no one would dare sully his legacy, this “historic diplomatic breakthrough.”
Indeed, the United Nations is on the side of Mr. Obama because the United Nations opposes the very existence of Israel. Even Israel’s traditional regional enemies are now joining in opposition to the deal. No rational man would assert the vast majority of the world is in favor of this debacle. More delusions and lies:
But I have also made clear my preference for a peaceful diplomatic resolution of the issue, not just because of the costs of war, but also because a negotiated agreement offered a more effective, verifiable and durable resolution. And so in 2009, we let the Iranians know that a diplomatic path was available. Iran failed to take that path, and our intelligence community exposed the existence of a covert nuclear facility at Fordo.
Now some have argued that Iran’s intransigence showed the futility of negotiations. In fact, it was our very willingness to negotiate that helped America rally the world to our cause and secured international participation in an unprecedented framework of commercial and financial sanctions.
And when we learned of this covert nuclear facility–which by the way was a surprise to our intelligence community–what did Mr. Obama do? Nothing. He does, however, take credit for sanctions, the very sanctions imposed only by Congress. He ruthlessly and angrily opposed them. More lies:
First, there’re those who say the inspections are not strong enough, because inspectors can’t go anywhere in Iran at any time with no notice.
Well, here’s the truth. Inspectors will be allowed daily access to Iran’s key nuclear sites.
If there is a reason for inspecting a suspicious undeclared site anywhere in Iran, inspectors will get that access even if Iran objects. This access can be with as little as 24 hours notice.
Notice that Mr. Obama implies that inspectors can go anywhere at any time, but a careful examination of his own words reveals far less. We know, from actually reading the deal, that none of this is true, and that’s assuming that the Iranians will scrupulously honor the letter and intent of the deal. Surely, the Iranians will refuse inspections, which starts a lengthy process of diplomatic hand-wringing, and consequences for refusal require a President working on behalf of the United States.
The bottom line is, if Iran cheats, we can catch them, and we will.
We now know, despite John Kerry’s lies, that we have no idea of the full scope of the previous Iranian nuclear program, and will not know its current or future scope. If this deal is approved, we will never know what the criteria for inspections are under the several secret side deals, deals about which John Kerry claims to have no knowledge. The deal about which we do know specifically excludes access to Iranian military sites!
On the other hand, without this deal, the scenarios that critics warn about happening in 15 years could happen six months from now. By killing this deal, Congress would not merely Iran’s pathway to a bomb, it would accelerate it.
In its obtuse ignorance of reality, this is truly stunning. If Congress doesn’t bless the deal, the Iranians are going to build nucs faster. Aren’t these the same Iranians that are going to willingly wait for 15 years–or permanently–to build nuclear weapons? If their designs are so peaceful and benign, why would they build nuclear weapons at all? Why would we need any “deal?” It’s the fault of Congress, not of an apocalyptic, theocratic, jihadist, terrorist state and death cult sworn to a second, comprehensive Holocaust and to world domination.
Remember, gentle readers, it is a President of the United States saying these utterly insane things.
But the notion that this will be a game-changer with all this money funneled into Iran’s pernicious activities misses the reality of Iran’s current situation.
Partly because of our sanctions, the Iranian government has over half a trillion dollars in urgent requirements, from funding pensions and salaries to paying for crumbling infrastructure.
Iran’s leaders have raised expectations of their people, that sanctions relief will improve their lives. Even a repressive regime like Iran’s cannot completely ignore those expectations, and that’s why our best analysts expect the bulk of this revenue to go into spending that improves the economy and benefits the lives of the Iranian people.
The Iranian leadership can indeed ignore those expectations. He goes on to mention the Iran/Iraq war, which demonstrates clearly that the Iranians are willing to waste millions of lives to no rational end. He also ignores the Iranian leadership’s claim that a single nuclear weapon could all but destroy Israel, but cause only damage in the Islamic world. In other worlds, Iran can’t be deterred by a second strike, and is more than willing to accept the slaughter of huge numbers of its people to kill Jews. Salaries? Pensions? Infrastructure? Even Barack Obama isn’t willing to do anything about those issues. Remember “shovel ready jobs?” The mullahs are more than willing to allow their people to suffer for their vision of Islam. They’ll use any financial windfall to buy better anti-aircraft defenses and to bolster their world wide terrorist activities. Iranians complaining about the mullahs end up imprisoned, raped, tortured or very dead.
I am, at this point, gentle readers, less than halfway through the speech. My blood pressure is high enough already. If you’re made of sterner stuff, take this link and read the entire thing. Let’s consider one final bit of fundamentally dangerous lunacy:
I recognize that resorting to force may be tempting in the face of the rhetoric and behavior that emanates from parts of Iran. It is offensive. It is incendiary. We do take it seriously.
But superpowers should not act impulsively in response to taunts or even provocations that can be addressed short of war. Just because Iranian hardliners chant “Death to America” does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe. In fact, it’s those…
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. They’re making common cause with the Republican Caucus.
The majority of the Iranian people have powerful incentives to urge their government to move in a different, less provocative direction, incentives that are strengthened by this deal. We should offer them that chance. We should give them the opportunity.
And what is this “rhetoric and behavior that emanates from parts of Iran?” “Death to America? Death to Israel?” And what are these “parts?” It’s the leaders of Iran. It’s the very people with whom Mr. Obama is desperate to make this deal. It’s the same people whose ultimate leader, just last week, published a how-to book for destroying Israel and conquering America.
Rational people know that most Iranians do not support their regime, but that’s not the point. It’s not them with which we must deal; it’s the leaders daily crying “death to America,” and bamboozling Mr. Obama and his credulous minions so they can build nucs.
Those “hardliners are comfortable with the status quo–the deal–because it gives them everything they want: money, power, status and the ability to build nuclear weapons at will.
Remember that Mr. Obama occasionally and piously claims to be willing to work with Republicans. Would that be the same Republicans making “common cause” with the Iranian leadership? This is perhaps the most egregious example of projection I’ve yet seen from Mr. Obama, and perhaps the worst insult to every Republican and every Democrat that opposes this epically bad deal. This kind of rhetoric–directly linking those that oppose the deal with terrorist murderers–is designed to cause those legislators to work with Mr. Obama?
Could Barack Obama be so narcissistic, so simplistic that he truly believes that anyone that does not agree with him, that does not worship his magnificence, is evil? Even compared to the Iranian regime?
The Iranian people, because of this deal, have “powerful incentives, and should “urge their government.” I seem to remember a time not so many years ago–say, 2009–when, without this great diplomatic breakthrough, the Iranian people tried to “urge their government to move in a different, less provocative direction.” Mr. Obama did nothing to support them and said nothing to support them. He couldn’t move himself to offer so much as rhetorical support. They, and their dreams for a “different, less provocative” Iran, died in the streets and prisons of Iran. Rather than choosing peace and liberty, he chose the mullahs, which in hindsight was prelude to the deal.
Of course, in very thinly veiled language, Mr. Obama blamed the Jews, suggesting that it is their money and evil influence that is the primary source of opposition to his goodness, great desire for peace, and stunning diplomacy. He also brought up his usual canard that he hadn’t heard any alternatives to his deal and ridiculed those opposing it for not coming up with a better deal.
It’s not their job to defend America. It’s his. It’s his job to negotiate treaties that protect American national interests, not the interests of virulent, terrorist states bent on the destruction of America and her allies. It’s Barack Obama’s job to come up with a better deal, no one else’s.
According to Mr. Obama, the only alternative to this deal is war. If so, and if fought under an actual American C-I-C, it would be a very brief war that could actually change Iran and the region for all time. War is not, by a long shot, the worst of all options, and it is not the only option other than this horribly flawed deal.
Unfortunately, it is this deal that will almost certainly ensure we will have war, a fact Mr. Obama cannot, will not, recognize or work to prevent.