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Obama is More Interested in Transforming This Country Than He is in Transforming Iran

In response to Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that Iran recognize Israel as a Jewish state, President Obama told NPR, “The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms.” Obama went out to call Bibi’s demand “a fundamental misjudgment.” (H/T Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard). 

On the contrary, Netanyahu’s judgment is quite sound. If we must negotiate with Iran then isn’t it better that we negotiate on our terms? Isn’t it better that we negotiate from a position of strength? Isn’t it better to reward Iran when it engages in good behavior rather than bad? But if we know the nature of the Iranian regime is immutable why grant it the power to do things we don’t grant allies like South Korea. The Obama Administration is not prepared to allow South Korea to enrich uranium yet was so desperate for an agreement with Iran that it is prepared to start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East (most notably the Saudis). 

And since when are the wishes of the Iranian regime and the Iranian people one in the same? It’s true that Foreign Minister Zarif received a hero’s welcome when he returned to Tehran. But what might have things been like had President Obama “meddled” in Iran’s “election” of 2009 in the way he meddled in last month’s Israel election? If the Iranian regime hadn’t been toppled it would be considerably weakened. It certainly wouldn’t be able to have the kind of influence it has in Iraq, Lebanon and now Yemen. Our position at the bargaining table would have been far stronger. 

But President Obama isn’t interested in a strong America. He still thinks America wronged the Mossadegh regime back in 1953 and that it’s high time we make it up to them even if the mullahs couldn’t care less for a secular socialist like Mossadegh. 

President Obama is more interested in completely transforming this country than he is in transforming Iran.


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