Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Iran

So, the Republicans are screaming their heads off over the deal just reached with Iran.  A little sample, from their Presidential field:

Mike Huckabee:  "Shame on the Obama administration for agreeing to a deal that empowers an evil Iranian regime to carry out its threat to 'wipe Israel off the map' and bring 'death to America.'

Marco Rubio:  "Based on what we know thus far, I believe that this deal undermines our national security. President Obama has consistently negotiated from a position of weakness"

Chris Christie:  "After two years of humiliating concessions by President Obama, he has made his deal with Iran"

And on and on.  Here's one thing about all of this, which no one in the mainstream press seems to have noticed:  for months now, the Republicans have been talking as if this was some sort of deal between Iran and President Obama personally.  They forget that there are six  world powers who have been involved in this negotiation every step of the way.  They don't care to mention that, even if the Republicans manage to totally destroy the United States' participation in this process, the other five countries are going to take this historic deal.  Republicans want to trade away our participation in a major step toward peace in the Middle East, for nothing but a chance to poke Obama in the eye again. 

And let us not forget that it was the United States that overthrew Iran's democratic government, resulting in what they have now, and it is the United States alone that is filled with politicians constantly agitating for war with Iran.  We're lucky they were willing to trust us enough to even include us in the negotiations; and in case this is not clear, it is the personal trust they had in Obama that allowed that.

So, they're off to the races, trying to turn a major foreign policy achievment into a disaster.

And let's not finish without a shoutout to that Republican in Likud clothing, Benjamin Netanyahu, whose intransigent, piggish attitude has apparently succeeded in destroying about eighty percent of the support Israel used to have around the world, just a couple of years ago.  Netanyahu lived in the United States and was a Republican operative before he ever involved himself in Israeli politics; I believe that he is really more of a Republican than an Israeli.  He knows that his bread is going to be buttered by the likes of Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers, so he is deliberately selling the Israeli people down the river to curry favor with these rich psychopaths.  The israeli people are just not prepared to recognize the threat of an American politician using American techniques to manipulate them, but we are.  It's time for us to focus on just who this guy is, and on the fact that he is destroying his country the same way the Republicans are destroying ours.

4 comments:

Jerry Critter said...

The GOP is pissed because they are not going to get their war.

Professor Chaos said...

Hmm, I was wondering whether they would go with the "sacrifices American sovereignty" or "makes Ametica less safe." Because no matter what the deal was, they were gonna trot one of those out.

isaac said...

Well, I guess this scuttles that shiny new war so many right-wingers had on their wish list for so long.

I don't remember where I read this, but I'm reminded of it:
"War is said to be a failure of diplomacy. To the right, diplomacy is a failure to go to war." Or something like that.

Magpie said...

I have a link - which I hope works for you - regarding how the United States apparently sold Iran a research nuclear reactor in 1967. That's how their nuclear program got started, it would appear. And... the usual bad apples - Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Cheney - were all aboard at some point. The presenter of this info works for the University of Southern California.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/how-the-united-states-helped-iran-set-up-its-nuclear-program/6622194