In a videotaped message to Iran, President Obama offered warm greetings on the Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, and exhorted Iran to clutch the seminal moment and conclude an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. In his message, President Obama accentuated nuclear reversals Iran has elected to execute; however, President Obama, underlined several “gaps” in negotiations which are critical to overcome as the two sides steer toward an agreement, which, in President Obama’s view, would allow Iran nuclear capacity for peaceful purposes. President Obama also emphasized the Iranian leaders’ guarantees they have no nuclear ambition beyond the peaceful agreement.
Mr. President: Despite trumpeting Iran’s hollow gestures and rhetorical illusions, why are you speaking to Iran when, as a matter of fact, you are addressing Israel?
A realistic appraisal of this videotaped message enumerates imagined benefits of a nuclear agreement with Iran while disregarding the monumental threat from it if left capable to develop nuclear devices which serve one purpose: Threatening Israel. President Obama is giving Israel fair warning he has nothing new to offer and his prescriptions for resolving a nuclear Iran will consist of a cold indifference to our long-time ally, shrinking from defending democracy, and irresolute leadership.
President Obama’s message illustrates the desperation to conclude a nuclear pact which will only embolden Iran to continue its nuclear aspirations and extend hegemony throughout the Middle East. Equally disturbing is the fact this missive has the deepest consequences for Israel: The message comes in the wake of Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election; the White House is weighing the option of U.N. intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian issue; and the U.S. perhaps no longer objecting to Palestinian membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC).
If this craven overture fails to tame the rebellious nature of Iran’s despotic regime, Obama will blame the GOP and Netanyahu.
It’s a poor workman who blames his tools.
[Foreign Policy] [The Times of Israel] [The Hill]