President Barack Obama gave a forceful speech comparing the Iraq War to Congress’ impending vote on the Iran nuclear deal, claiming that a rejection of the agreement was the same as voting for war.
“Many of same people who argued for the war in Iraq are now making the case against the Iran nuclear deal,” Obama said in a 56-minute address from American University in Washington, D.C., The Hill reported.
Obama added: "The same mindset, in many cases offered by the same people — who seem to have no compunction with being repeatedly wrong — led to a war that did more to strengthen Iran, more to isolate the United States, than anything we have done before or since.”
Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both of whom supported the Iraq war, issued a joint statement denouncing the speech. “President Obama’s speech today is just another example of his reliance on endless straw men to divert attention from his failed policies,” they said.
The senators added: “Those of us who have warned President Obama about his past mistakes are warning him again about the consequences of this deal with Iran.”
Obama called the deal the "strongest non-proliferation agreement ever negotiated,” BBC reported. Despite international support for the agreement, Obama still faces significant opposition from congressional Republicans.