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Obama: I have met the enemy, and it is Republican

Obama: I have met the enemy, and it is Republican

What don’t you understand about “Death to America?”

“I say this not to be provocative, but to state a fact.”

That was the theme of President Obama’s speech today at American University, in which he offered a spirited, low-blown defense of the Iran nuke deal. The address, however, was indeed provocative, and more often than not devoid of the very facts that have turned what the Administration desperately wanted to be a legacy moment into a full-blown battle on Capitol Hill.

It was evident that Obama fully recognizes that the battle has taken a turn. At one point in his speech, he compared his Republican detractors in Congress with hardliners who chant “Death to America”:

“Just because Iranian hard-liners chant ‘death to America’ does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe,” Obama said to strong applause from the audience.

“In fact, it’s those hard-liners who are most comfortable with the status quo,” Obama said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s those hard-liners chanting “death to America” who have been most opposed to the deal.”

“They’re making common cause with the Republican caucus,” Obama said to laughter and wild applause.

Watch:

This morning, Professor Jacobson penned a takedown on Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim that Congress should tread lightly before screwing over Tehran. He pointed out that the balance of power has been flipped 180 degrees, and now it is Iran who holds the cards:

We are now the weak horse, being trained by our masters.

John Kerry is dangerously naive.

His boss isn’t naive, this is all part of the “Grand Bargain” strategy with Iran Obama has been pursuing since he took office, something we highlighted back in June 2009, when Obama abandoned the uprising against the Mullah regime:

During the campaign and after assuming the presidency, Barack Obama repeatedly stated his willingness to engage in negotiations with Iran without any preconditions. But that was and is not true.

The events of the past two weeks, including the revelation that Obama sent a letter in May to “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reveal that there is one precondition to negotiations which Obama willingly embraces: United States acceptance of Mullah rule in Iran in perpetuity.

Acceptance of Mullah rule, notwithstanding what the people of Iran may want or basic human rights, is the key to the Grand Bargain the Obama administration seeks to strike with Iran. In fact, U.S. help to perpetuate the Mullahtocracy appears to be the ONLY precondition.

Someone is going to get screwed here, and it’s not the Ayatollah.

Critics of the deal have already taken a beating, and this speech added insult to injury. Those opposed to the deal not only disputed the claims President Obama floated in his speech, but pointed out the obvious—this was a low point, even for the Obama Administration:

Near the end of the speech, Obama decries the existence of “knee-jerk partisanship,” saying that political opposition to the deal is acting as an inconvenient (and indeed irrational) roadblock to its passage. While partisanship exists in any debate on any issue, that’s not what’s preventing even Obama’s own caucus from supporting this deal.

Throughout the address, Obama offers an whole list of reasons why he believes his opponents have developed their wrongheaded approach to the deal. He mentions Iran’s abysmal human rights record, their hostility toward Israel, and their habit of offering both monetary and practical support to Hezbollah and other enemies of the western world. He even admits that “Iran cannot be dealt with diplomatically”—but in the end, chalks all of this up to threats being “magnified,” and politicians “playing on the fears” of the American people.

Should we not be afraid?

Even if “fear” alone is the wrong approach to Iran—and I would argue that fear alone is and should never be considered enough when dealing with such an enemy—is it not reasonable to proceed with caution, to debate, and to accept the counsel of those who host on their very doorstep the threat of a nuclear Iran?

Obama fears the loss of America’s credibility should Congress reject the nuclear deal, but in reality, that credibility was lost the moment her President stood before the entire world, compared his political enemies to the enemies of life, liberty, and peace, and insisted that making deals with despots and terrorists is the best form of diplomacy we could hope for.

You can watch the full speech here:

Full text via WaPo.

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Sammy Finkelman | August 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

“Just because Iranian hard-liners chant ‘death to America’ does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe

Obama,is,as usual, misstating things.

Nobody thinks all, or most or many Iranians believe that.

What the opponents believe is that government is controlled by people who have that as their ultimate , or ideal, policy goal.

And that all this about hardliners and others and how the Iranion government works is sheer baloney.

    Obama negotiated with the regime that has led those chants of “Death to America” for over 35 years now. The secular leadership of the theocracy have done so in public in Teheran every Friday since the Revolution.

    Of course ALL Iranians don’t believe that – they were our close allies before Khomeini. And millions took to the streets to protest for true democracy in 2009, but Obama refused to even acknowledge them even as he was cheerleading the deposing of friendly regimes across the region in the “Arab Spring.”

I don’t oppose this surrender on ideological ground…not alone.

I oppose it primarily because I don’t want to see an American…or Israeli…city glowing in the dark like my old watch.

Soetoro, king of the strawman slayers.

So words are not in my mouth by POTUS Pontiff, I am making common cause only with sanity and with nuclear peace and with goodwill towards Israel and NOT with murderous Mullahs or the heinous hyenas that applaud the Pontiff’s hubristic hype.

This deal is what the progressives wanted. As far as Obama is concerned, he has successfully taken the US down another notch.

If I’m not mistaken, Chicago was chosen for the Edifice to an Idiot (what was normally term, a Presidential Library). I have never been to Chicago NOR, do I ever intend to visit Chicago, let those that worship this person of dubious background in Chicago and those that visit THIS EDIFICE, luxuriate in their closeness.

Personally, I would wish that EVERYTHING concerning Barry Obama, Soetoro OR _________, ________ fill in blanks, is scrubbed from the records of the U.S.A. FOREVER!

    faboutlaws in reply to JP. | August 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    His library will built in a park in one of Chicago’s ghettos. I can’t wait for the first shooting outside it. Probably will happen before it first opens.

Death to America [n babies]!

Sammy Finkelman | August 5, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Obama claims this is a very good deal because it achieves one of our most important foreign policy objectives.

That, of course, is the question, as well as whether the downside of this being tried and not working, and whether the price being paid is too high.

    Sammy Finkelman in reply to Sammy Finkelman. | August 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Make that:

    …as well as the secondary qusstions of what is the downside of this being tried and not working, and whether the price being paid to achieve this goal is too high, and abandons other objectives.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | August 5, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Obama is the eternal loser – and so are all his idolaters.

“Just because Iranian hard-liners chant ‘death to America’ does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe,”

But we all know that.
The problem is that YOU, PO TU S, are taking the side of those hardliners that chant ‘death to America’.

That’s the problem here.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Exiliado. | August 5, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Obama fancies himself “Death to America” but eternity has a big surprise for him….snap, crackle, hiss……

What’s Barry going to do when the Iranians start yelling “Death to Obama”?

Funny how suddenly Obama seems to care about what the average Iranian on the street wants. Even funnier given how he backed the hardliners during the green revolution…just when the average Iranian on the street needed his help the most.

Mailman

So far as I can tell, the primary difference between a cheese eating surrender monkey (to quote the Simpsons) and President Obama is the cheese.

I’m sorry this man is the most hostile president I’ve ever seen.

I’ll summarize.

“I condemn my opponents’ fear-mongering about this deal. And if we do not honor this deal, missiles will rain on all of Israel!”

Not only is today’s speech horrible, but yesterday he had a meeting with American Jews including AIPAC and he told even worse lies. He said that a rejection would end up causing the US to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites and Israel will pay for it by Tel Aviv being bombed. Here is the Times of Israel report:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/obama-if-congress-kills-iran-deal-rockets-will-rain-on-tel-aviv/

“Iran’s supreme leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.” — Obama, statement regarding conversation with President Rouhani, Sept.27, 2013

“On the other hand, without this deal, the scenarios that critics warn about happening in 15 years could happen six months from now.” Obama – American University speech. Aug.5, 2015

Did Iran’s supreme leader change his mind?

So let me get this straight: Obama refuses to admit he screwed up and instead claims up is down, black is white, Republicans are Ayatollahs and if you like your sanctions, you can keep your sanctions.

Why wouldn’t anyone believe him?

It’s a mistake to parse this petty, vindictive narcissist’s words to closely. This was just like every other speech Obama makes when he faces domestic opposition. Domestic opponents are Obama’s only true enemies, the only terrorists he’ll name by name. So Barack Obama sang a song of Barack Obama, denounced his opponents impure motives for opposing Barack Obama, who is synonymous with America, and then went off the rails. If the Republicans are making common cause with the Iranians, then consider this. This abomination of a nuclear accommodation with Iran has united the entire political spectrum of Israel. Against this deal.

Which per what passes for logic in Barack Obama’s bubble means Israel is making common cause with Iranian hard liners.

The Solipsist-in-Chier is a perpetual toddler who throws tantrums and flings his own poo when he doesn’t get his way.

Hard to say who’s the bigger idiot–President Obama or those who cheered and applauded his speech.

    Arminius in reply to LIDavidD. | August 6, 2015 at 1:11 am

    He could read the drive through menu from Mickey Ds off his teleprompter and his idiot followers would cheer and applaud.

      Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Arminius. | August 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Indeed hasn’t that already happened a few times?
      Surely it has with Michelle!

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