President Obama stands up to Republican global foolishness
By Roger Caldwell
There are 17 months left in President Obama’s time in office, and his legacy is a testimony of his worldview of diplomatic negotiations. During the past eight months, he has ended the isolation of Cuba, opened a dialogue with Venezuela, advanced a strategic trade deal with Asian countries, and cut a nuclear deal with Iran.
To the Republicans and certain countries around the world, they will spend their time looking for ways to discredit and oppose everything the President has done. “This agreement is a historic mistake for the world,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a first reaction to the agreement. “Far reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability. In addition, Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars with which it can fuel its’ terror machine.”
Nothing in these statements is true and based on facts, but the Republicans will support the Israel prime minister before they will support their own President. Just based on the President’s achievements in the last eight months, it would appear that someone in the Republican Party would acknowledge the president’s successes. But instead of receiving congratulatory statements, the Republican leadership keeps saying the president is all wrong, and he is not doing anything right.
In a press conference last week, CBS White House correspondent, Major Garret, asked a question to the President that was disrespectful. President Obama chastised the reporter by calling the question nonsense, and told him, “You should know better.”
Garret said, “Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content with all the fanfare around this deal to leave the conscious of this nation, the strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?” the correspondent asked.
The President became visibly frustrated with the reporter, and explained that our diplomats are working every day to bring the four Americans home, and he did not want to tie the nuclear negotiations with their release. This reporter had crossed the line, and the President let him and the rest of the Republicans know that he is sick of their foolishness.
Nevertheless, numerous Republicans are threatening to scrap the nuclear agreement with Iran. But everyone in the West will benefit from this agreement because it will close off Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb. President Obama has made it clear to all his critics if they have a better plan, they should submit it because the military option is off the table. The critics have been wrong from the very beginning with the nuclear deal, and now that the president has completed the deal, the critics are still talking.
“Instead of stopping the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, this deal is likely to fuel a nuclear arms race around the world,” says Boehner. “Obama has adopted a flawed perspective to the talks reaching the best deal accepted to Iran, rather than actually advancing our national goals of ending Iran’s nuclear program,” says Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell.
Again, based on no facts to substantiate these claims, our Republican leaders are talking foolishness. The magnitude of problems in the world should force the Republicans to be thoughtful and make sense. But when Donald Trump is leading the Republican Party for the office of president in 2016, no one in the party is thinking anything but foolishness and a good show.
A rocky road lies ahead for the nuclear deal as it is considered by US lawmakers. If Americans would stop listening to the negative Republican foolishness and chit-chat, they would understand how the president is transforming the world. In 2008, President Obama promised Americans that his administration would re-establish our relationship as a world power, and he is bringing it to fruition in 2015.