Benjamin Netanyahu aka ‘Bibi’ went before a joint session of Congress and made his case for not trusting Iran in nuclear negotiations.
Before Netanyahu went into his reasons for not trusting Iran, he attempted to quiet the critics of his visit to Congress and the growing rift between him and President Obama. He opened up his speech thanking the US and especially President Obama for standing with Israel and made a special note that there have been times when Obama has supported Israel and it was never publicized.
As Netanyahu continued with his speech, the theme of the speech change from warning the US to more of lecturing the US on Iran.
And with all that lecturing and complaining about the current deal being discussed with Iran, Netanyahu had some memorable quotes to back his case…
“At a time when many hope that Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations.”
“When it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.
“You don’t need intelligence agencies and secret information to know this. You can Google it.” (Iran cannot be trusted)
“[This deal] doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”
“This deal won’t be a farewell to arms—it will be a farewell to arms control.”
“A better deal that Israel and its neighbors may not like, but with which we could live — literally.”
“If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country”
“A racecar driver without a car can’t drive. A pilot without a plan can’t fly. Without thousands of centrifuges, tons of enriched uranium or heavy water facilities, Iran can’t make nuclear weapons.”
Everything that Netanyahu listed above is already known by the P5 + 1 (United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany). In all honesty Netanyahu failed to present any new information for the P5 +1 to chew on. And with Bibi being dead set against the current deal being negotiated, you would think he would have a better solution….
So What Would Bibi Do (WWBD)?
“Negotiate a better deal….”
Thank You Captain Obvious…
Wow, great plan Bibi!
In response to Netanyahu’s great idea, Obama said the following
“On the core issue, which is how do we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, which would make it far more dangerous and give it scope for even greater action in the region, the prime minister didn’t offer any viable alternatives,”
Obama said, adding that he had looked at the transcript and saw “nothing new.”
So while Netanyahu’s speech solidified hawkish Republicans stance on Iran, I believe he fell short of convincing everyone else that we need to change the current course of action. As Obama, John Kerry and Susan Rice have already stated, “A bad deal is worse than no deal”. There’s no rush to make any deal as long as there’s a deal.
It will be interesting to see if Obama will give a direct formal response to Netanyahu. In all honesty Obama should, and show you can’t be a foreign leader, come to the US, and think you can dictate foreign policy to the US.
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!