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February 10, 2015 8:47 am

Speechless on Iranian Nukes

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A bad deal on Iranian nukes would be so catastrophic to global security that presidential resistance to a related speech – by the leader of an allied democracy, who may be the greatest expert on the issue – should leave everyone speechless.

The Obama Administration’s outraged accusation that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu violated protocol by accepting House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress is preposterous: Bibi’s speech before Congress in 2011 came about in the exact same way with no similar Obama outrage (predictably, given the upcoming 2012 election). And the New York Times advanced this “violated protocol” narrative all too willingly, only to correct itself as inconspicuously as possible, revealing yet again its own anti-Israel agenda. Ironically, Obama’s main, if not only, motivation for visiting Israel in 2008 (and promising policies far from those he eventually adopted) was to gain the support of Jewish voters, back when he needed them to win the presidency.

Now Obama is trying everything in his power to unseat Bibi, including what he accuses Bibi of doing: meddling in another democracy’s domestic politics. Whitehouse Spokesperson Josh Earnest’s inadvertent slip about hoping that Bibi gets voted out in Israel’s next elections was just the appetizer. The Obama Administration will boycott Bibi on his next trip and is boosting the profile of his political opponents, as Obama-linked strategists actively support Israeli campaigns to defeat Bibi (after already slighting the democratically elected leader of America’s top Mideast ally on countless other occasions).

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Worse still, Obama and many commentators upbraid Bibi for trying to influence the very negotiations whose outcome will decide whether military force is needed, creating an absurd catch-22. If Bibi does nothing to prevent Obama from making Iran a threshold nuclear state, then he will be excoriated for any Israeli military attack undertaken to defang that threat; but if he speaks up now while a non-military solution is still possible (with adjustments to Obama’s disastrous negotiating strategy), then he is accused of meddling in U.S. politics and breaching protocol.

But, as the Washington Post pointed out, there are compelling reasons to question Obama’s Iran policy, which has been formulated by relatively inexperienced advisers and roundly critiqued by former secretaries of state and his own former adviser, veteran Mideast expert Dennis Ross, among other heavyweights. Yet Obama appears determined to quell any dissent – whether from Congress, policy experts, or the allied countries most immediately endangered by his inept strategy.

Separation of powers improves governance precisely because overly concentrated power tends to corrupt and no single institution has a monopoly on wisdom. Congress has been involved in Iran-related decisions and sanctions for decades, so how could it be prudent or constitutional for Obama to circumvent Congress on this issue? And yet that is exactly what Obama is trying to do by unilaterally weakening sanctions and vowing to veto any bill requiring Congressional approval of his nuclear deal with Iran.

Obama’s extraordinary fear of different views speaks volumes about his amateurish policymaking approach and his dubious motives. Is he trying to get a deal at any cost just to show an ostensible foreign policy win after so many conspicuous failures (from Ukraine to Syria)? Does he not realize that his legacy would be far more tarnished as the leader who enabled the world’s leading sponsor of terror to acquire nuclear weapons?

The current deal reportedly allows Iranian uranium enrichment to continue with about 7,000 centrifuges, and eventually ends inspections, leaving Iran as a threshold nuclear state. The day Tehran decides to go nuclear, terrorism itself becomes exponentially more lethal, and a wave of nuclear proliferation will spread across the Middle East. Iran’s rivals will seek to deter it with nukes of their own, making the world’s most dangerous and unstable region a nuclear powder keg, with Islamists like ISIS eager to grab whatever nuclear materials they can.

A bad deal also makes it that much harder for any state to take preemptive military action against Iran’s nukes and strengthens the very government that optimists naively think will change once the Iranian economy opens up with the lifting of sanctions. The Iranian regime’s survival will be extended by a double victory: improving the economy and keeping Iran’s nuclear program, which has broad nationalist support. The Ayatollahs will have nukes long before the world has a democratic Iran run by moderates.

Now that Obama is unshackled from reelection pressures, his true face has emerged – with unbridled hostility towards Bibi, and a readiness to sacrifice Israeli security on the single greatest threat facing this New Jersey-sized country. The Iranian regime has repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction; just last month, Mohammad Ali Jafari, a top Iranian military leader, clearly stated that Iran’s goal is Israel’s annihilation. In case there was any doubt left about Iran’s intentions, it released this video simulating an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel. So how can Obama – who deceptively affirmed the Holocaust lesson of “never again” – possibly expect the Jewish State to live with such threats? There is no margin for error on Iranian nukes because tiny Israel would be instantly destroyed after a first nuclear strike, so Obama clearly doesn’t mind rolling the dice with Israel’s survival.

But even if Israel’s survival were not a vital U.S. interest, how could entrusting the world’s leading terror sponsor with nukes possibly make the U.S. safer? Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was involved in Latin America’s bloodiest terror attacks and presumably had some role in Iran’s recent terrorist activity in Uruguay. Iran has tried to assassinate U.S. diplomats in Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington, not to mention countless other attacks from Europe to the Middle East (including the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that killed over 240 Americans).

Never has a foreign leader’s Congressional address mattered so much to global security. Fortunately, most Americans want to hear Netanyahu’s speech, before it’s too late to avoid much worse scenarios. Obama’s efforts to silence Bibi only exacerbate serious concerns about Obama’s strategy, competence, and intentions. Any time a president tries this hard to suppress an opposing view shared by myriad experts and allies, the public needs to hear that other view.

Noah Beck is the author of The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

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  • Yale

    Anyone who is speechless about the latest Obama expression of hostility toward reality has been sleeping for the last seven years. It was obvious that he would be the disaster he has been even before he was nominated.

  • RobiMac

    Protocol my arse. Obama thinks he’s the only one who can violate that. Hell, I’m still trying to figure out how he was given the authority to release prisoners and close Gitmo when it’s in CUBA!

    G-d is growing more angry by the day. If Obama does manage to unseat Netanyahu, look out America because some serious crap is about to befall us.

  • David DeMello

    I am finding that the “protocols” advanced by the Obama administration is a false argument and that the Obama administration was indeed notified in advanced. If it is indeed true then the “protocols” argument is void.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/01/30/new-york-times-forced-to-correct-netanyahu-timeline/

  • BIBI is making a grave mistake. His talk at the AIPAC confrence would be the same about Iran. The purpose of the invitation by Boehner was clearly a political slap in the face of the President. The House and Senate know very well what Iran is and was. The President is trying to have an agreement to stop Iran from getting a bomb. If Congress does not like the agrement then and only the should Congress press for extended sanctions. Mr President you MUST bring this treaty to the Senate for conformation. Then see where the cookies crumble. BUT Mr President MAKE sure the agreement is favorable to the USA, Israel, and the rest of the world.

  • Bullfrog Europe

    Iran must be stopped. Obama is such a highly ineffective and incompetent President.

    Golds Meir rightly said that Israel has a secret weapon. ‘We have no where else to go’.

    The wholesale riotous waging of war through out the Arab world, backed by Iran, Turley and Saudi is a travesty for so many innocent people, resulting in a refugee crisis of huge proportions.

    Iran with nuclear power is a RED LINE. Iran has changed the face of Lebanon. Iran ‘was’ and ‘may be again’ be the supporter of HAMAS.

    The world can not trust Iran or Obama.

    Long live Israel, the home of the Jews. Israel must defend itself.

  • David Levy

    Obama is an inept lame duck whose foolishness is endangering the entire West. Since he has no influence on his own Congress, let alone Iran, all he can do now is throw childish tantrums. Pathetic. Congress needs to stand up to him before Iran is beyond control.

  • manley kiefer

    There may be people who won’t be present for Netanyahu’s speech in Congress but I’m sure they’ll hear it in secret. For those who reject him, we are the grand multitude that will look forward to hearing his words.

  • Shraga

    Absolutely awesome words. God bless you.

  • tovlogos

    “Now that Obama is unshackled from reelection pressures, his true face has emerged – with unbridled hostility towards Bibi, and a readiness to sacrifice Israeli…” as well as everyone else who dares break away from his toxic rush to destroy everything. The conflict he is creating is the root of the paradox; leaving people with no choice but to separate themselves from every thing he stands for.
    However, he is not the anti-Christ because the world will love the anti-Christ; nevertheless he is most definitely in the spirit of the anti-Christ. What’s the surprise? He has made himself plain, repeatedly. After his recent defenses of Islam, even ISIS there should be nothing left to contemplate.

  • judithg

    we know there’s a fake president in the WH and we can’t seem to get rid of him or his muslim brotherhood claque or his dominatrix, the fanatical muslim, valerie jarrett.

    indeed, with each passing day it becomes more difficult to distinguish between a bad sci fi horror film and this creepy administration. they’re both really scary. we can see mr. obama slithering around the WH on his belly, accompanied by an oily slithery jarrett. in tandem. what if sacky, the state department spokeswoman with the unmoveable lips appears quite suddenly to be a mongoose. what with their concern about optics, this could be bad. and, what if josh earnst apppears as only a disembodied mouth. a large yet oddly squeaky puppetmouth that clacks when it lies. clackclackclackclackclackclackclackclack.

    please someone make it go away.

  • You go Bibi! I hope his speech is live on TV.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    Here is a quote from Mr. Obama on Monday during his press conference with Angela Merkel:

    “And if in fact what they claim is true, which is they have no aspiration to get a nuclear weapon, that in fact, according to their Supreme Leader, it would be contrary to their faith to obtain a nuclear weapon, if that is true, there should be the possibility of getting a deal.”

    The media is in lockstep with Obama’s agenda, mischaracterizing Netanyahu’s motives in every report.

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