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Obama: Netanyahu Said 'Nothing New'

Mar. 3, 2015

In a rebuttal to Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, Barack Obama petulantly insisted, “As far as I can tell, there was nothing new. … The prime minister didn’t offer any viable alternatives.” But neither has Obama, which is precisely the reason for Netanyahu’s visit. The problem isn’t that Israel has no strategy for halting Iran’s nuclear program; rather Obama doesn’t agree with the military response it would likely entail. He claimed, “Iran has in fact frozen its program, rolled back some of its most dangerous, highly enriched uranium, and subjected itself to the kinds of verifications and inspections that we had not previously seen.” What delusional absurdity. Iran is doing the complete opposite, much of it underground, but Obama nevertheless says his plan is working and nuked Netanyahu for opposing the deal that prompted negotiations: “When we shaped that interim deal … Netanyahu made almost the precise same speech about how dangerous that deal was going to be.” Well, yeah. Look at where we are now. Amping up the tough-talk even further, Obama promised, “What I can guarantee is that if it’s a deal I sign off on, I will be able to prove that it is the best way for us to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.” And you can also keep your health insurance.

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