President Barack Obama defended his administration’s recent nuclear negotiations with Iran by referencing the Iraq War.
“Some of the same politicians and pundits that are so quick to reject the possibility of a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program are the same folks who were so quick to go to war in Iraq and said it would take a few months,” the president said in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “We know the consequences of that choice, and what it cost us in blood and treasure. So I believe there’s a smarter, more responsible way to protect our national security."
Obama added that he wanted to ensure that everyone knew the details of the Iran deal.
“Instead of chest-beating that rejects the idea of even talking to our adversaries, which sometimes sounds good in sound bites but accomplishes nothing, we’re seeing that strong and principled diplomacy can give hope of actually resolving a problem peacefully," he said. "Instead of rushing into another conflict, I believe that sending our sons and daughters into harm’s way must always be a last resort, and that before we put their lives on the line we should exhaust every alternative.”
In an effort to reach voters via social media, the White House launched @TheIranDeal, a new Twitter account that is meant to answer all questions concerning the Iran deal and clear up any confusion that Americans may have about the negotiations, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Obama appeared for the final time on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” on July 21, where Stewart jokingly criticized the president’s comments.
“This is an adversary. They are anti-American, anti-Semitic, they sponsor terrorist organizations like Hezbollah,” Obama said of Iran.
“Sounds like a good partner for peace,” Stewart quipped back.
Republicans in Congress remain unimpressed with the Iran deal, with high-ranking GOP members speaking out against the president’s media blitz.
“Instead of more hollow platitudes, the president needs to join House Republicans in working to deliver real accountability and reform for our veterans,” Cory Fritz, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, said in response to Obama’s comments.
It is unsure if the deal will pass both houses of Congress, currently with Republican majorities. While the president has said he will veto any attempt by the GOP to undo the deal, Republicans may have enough votes to override the veto.
Many Democrats representing large Jewish constituencies are refusing to support the negotiations and finalized deal, due to Iran’s multiple threats against Israel, Fox News reported.
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