Back in 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the body of the United Nations with a piece of poster board and a red marker. During the two weeks prior to that moment, he had been waging a public battle with the Obama Administration over the dangerous progression of Iran’s nuclear program—sound familiar—and made the decision to cut through the rhetoric in hopes that a visual aid might wake up the rest of the world.
So, he picked up his marker and drew a literal red line that served as an ultimatum: “At this late hour there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs, and that is by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”
Yesterday, the Obama paid passive-aggressive homage to Netanyahu’s famous “bomb” with one of their own:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 8, 2015
Rude. And childish. And weird. I’ll call it “frat boy revenge,” because that’s what it feels like. You can tell that someone in the Obama comms shop has been waiting for years to whip this one out.
I laugh because it’s true—and sad. The White House has doubled down on what they claim is a “framework” to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, even though they’ve already been exposed as malicious fraudsters:
There is no Iran nuke “deal,” but whatever there is to the framework, even Obama now admits it paves Iran’s path to the bomb, albeit on a delayed fuse, as AP reports, Obama says Iran could cut nuke time to near zero in 13 years:
Defending an emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama said Iran would be kept a year away from obtaining a nuclear weapon for more than a decade, but conceded Tuesday that the buffer period could shrink to almost nothing after 13 or more years.
Obama, whose top priority at the moment is to sell the framework deal to critics, was pushing back on the charge that the deal fails to eliminate the risk because it allows Iran to keep enriching uranium. He told NPR News that Iran will be capped for a decade at 300 kilograms — not enough to convert to a stockpile of weapons-grade material.
“What is a more relevant fear would be that in Year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point, the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero,” Obama said.
It’s not at all clear that 13 years is the correct number, as opposed to 10. But regardless, the point is that at the end of this process Iran is ready to produce a bomb.
The thing is, we knew this was coming. Netanyahu said it during his address to Congress.
Yet here we are, tucking our tail between our legs and using Twitter as a weapon against the honor of a man who knew better.
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