In a speech delivered at American University in Washington, D.C. on the nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama likened Iranian hardliners who yell “death to America” and are pleased with the status quo to Congressional Republicans who oppose the deal.
“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.
Mitt Romney wrote that when giving Moses the Ten Commandments, God says that he will “visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.”
“Of course, God doesn’t have to punish these later generations himself” he continued, “rather, the perils that follow are the natural course of events. Bad actions or bad choices made by one generation lead inevitably to consequences for future generations.”
The generational calamity that will result from President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran will last a very long time indeed. This can be said with perfect confidence because of two undeniable facts.
First, Iran is led by suicidal, apocalypse-seeking, America-hating, Israel-denying theocratic fanatics.
If these ayatollahs have nuclear weapons, they will use them, someday, somewhere. Iran is a major, longtime state sponsor of terrorism; its leaders are entirely bereft of restraint, decency and respect for human life.
Second, the Obama deal prescribes a pathway for Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
The agreement’s defenders contend that it will delay Iran’s nuclear program by 10 to 15 years (about one half of a generation). Perhaps. But no one can say that the deal will prevent Iran from getting the bomb.
Obama must submit it to the U.S. Congress for review. Congress has 60 days to review the agreement, giving its opponents plenty of time to dig into the details and challenge the Obama administration’s position.
But Obama vowed to push it through, saying: “I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal.”
His statement came ahead of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran deal.