Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July,2015, Part 3, Politicians Say The Darndest Things: Obama and a Nuclear Deal With Iran Edition

Ever so often we run a series of posts under the theme, “Politicians say the darndest things.” It is a parody of an old television show, “House Party,” where host Art Linkletter would ask simple questions of young kids and wait for their often funny responses. This segment of his show was called “Kids Say The Darndest Things.” 

Unfortunately when kids say silly or dumb things, it is funny. When politicians say silly or dumb things, there are usually serious ramifications across the land that often involve stupid laws, wasteful spending, self delusion of a politician’s intelligence or abilities, or a continued lack of faith that today’s politicians are smart enough to get anything right.

The past two days we have discussed general idiocy that has come out of several politicians' mouths lately. Today, will be the final update to our series, "politicians say the darndest things," and we will focus on the proposed nuclear arms deal that the Obama administration has put together with several other countries and the main protagonist, Iran.

The intent of the deal was to prevent the country of Iran from becoming a nuclear power. By promising to give up their pursuit of nuclear weapons, Iran is to be granted a number of benefits including the release of over $100 billion worth of assets frozen around the world.

There are a number of concerns about this deal:

  • Will Iran use these now unfrozen assets to help make the lives of their citizens better or will they use these assets to continue to spread terrorism around the Middle East and around the world?
  • Will this Iran deal cause others in the Middle East to move toward becoming nuclear weapon ready also since they do not trust Iran to not continue to pursue nuclear weapons or to increase their conventional weapon aggression against them, resulting in a nuclear arms race because of an agreement that was supposed to contain the spread of nuclear weapons?
  • Will Iran actually live up to the terms of the agreement and not pursue nuclear weapons as promised in the text of the deal?
All very serious questions but today we will focus on politicians' quotes as it relates to the last point. You see, the world and the U.S. have been down this path before with a renegade country known as North Korea. Twenty years or so ago, the President of the U.S., Bill Clinton, thought he had a nuclear arms containment deal with the North Koreans, much like Barack Obama thinks he has a nuclear containment deal with the Iranians today.

As we look and compare the quotes from the two Presidents, their promises and bold predictions seem eerily similar. The question arises is that given that North Korea completely blew off the deal, using it as cover to develop its nuclear weapons development and capability, are the similarity in Presidential quotes a precursor to the Iranians doing the exact same thing, i.e. taking a President of the United States for a fallacy ride? 

You decide, starting with a press release from Congressman Peter Roskam  who introduced a Congressional resolution that has been backed by 176 House members expressing their disapproval of the deal with Iran. The press release than goes on to categorize and compare the quotes of Clinton and Obama relative to North Korea and Iran's race for nuclear weapons and the supposed deal that would stop both of them. According to the Congressman:

"In 1994, President Bill Clinton similarly argued that his nuclear agreement with North Korea would reduce “the threat of nuclear spreading in the region.” However, that deal stumbled out of the gate. In 2003, Pyongyang withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In 2005, it announced completion of a nuclear weapon. And in 2006, North Korea successfully completed its first nuclear test.

A closer comparison between President Clinton’s North Korea agreement in 1994 and President Obama’s Iran deal in 2015 reveal stark, foreboding similarities. Should we take this Administration’s assurances seriously? You decide:"

CLINTON: “Today, after 16 months of intense and difficult negotiations with North Korea, we have completed an agreement [my emphasis] that will make the United States, the Korean Peninsula, and the world safer…This agreement will help to achieve a longstanding and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.”

OBAMA: “Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieve something that decades of animosity has not—a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.


CLINTON: “The United States has been concerned about the possibility that North Korea was developing nuclear weapons since the 1980s.”

OBAMA: “[W]e’re dealing with a country—Iran—that has been a sworn adversary of the United States for over 35 years.

CLINTON: “This agreement represents the first step on the road to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. It does not rely on trust. Compliance will be certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency [(IAEA]].”

OBAMA: “Because of this deal, we will, for the first time, be in a position to verify all of these commitments. That means this deal is not built on trust: it is built on verification…Put simply, the organization responsible for the inspections, the IAEA, will have access where necessary, when necessary.”

CLINTON: “And the United States has an unshakeable commitment to protect our ally and our fellow democracy South Korea. Thirty-eight thousand American troops stationed on the Peninsula are the guarantors of that commitment.”

OBAMA: “We will continue our unprecedented efforts to strengthen Israel’s security—efforts that go beyond what any American administration has done before.”

CLINTON: “This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world.”

OBAMA: “I am confident this deal will meet the national security interest of the United States and our allies.”

CLINTON: “Today all Americans should know that as a result of this achievement on Korea, our Nation will be safer and the future of our people more secure.”

OBAMA: “Today’s announcement marks one more chapter in the pursuit of a safer and more helpful and more hopeful world.”

Now, the fact that North Korea ignored the deal back during the Clinton administration does not mean that the Iranians will ignore this deal. For all I know, they may be giving up their pursuit of nuclear weapons, will stop promoting terrorism, stop hating Israel and the United States, and behave well going forward. The fact that Clinton said the darndest things over twenty years ago does not mean that Obama words will end up looking as sad and pathetic twenty years from now.

But let's be honest, even after the deal was signed between the U.S., other nations, and Iran, leaders and protesters on the streets in Iran were still calling for death to Israel and death to the U.S. I would bet that the odds of Iran following the lead of North Korea are far higher than the odds that Iran will behave.

Let's look at another set of quotes relative to Clinton and Obama that was put together by the website, www.wnd.com, and is in the same vein as the Congressman's listing above:


Clinton: This agreement will help to achieve a longstanding and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.

Obama: …Iran will never be permitted to develop a nuclear weapon.

Clinton: It does not rely on trust.

Obama: So this deal is not based on trust, it’s based on unprecedented verification.

Clinton: Compliance will be certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Obama: …what we’re going to be doing is setting up a mechanism whereby, yes, I.A.E.A. (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspectors can go anyplace.

Clinton: Under the agreement, North Korea has agreed to freeze its existing nuclear program and to accept international inspection of all existing facilities.

Obama: …a deal to stop the progress of Iran’s nuclear program and roll it back in key areas.

Clinton: This agreement represents the first step on the road to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

Obama: This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.

Clinton: …we have completed an agreement that will make the United States, the Korean Peninsula, and the world safer.

Obama: …if this framework leads to a final, comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies, and our world safer.

Clinton: The United States and North Korea have also agreed to ease trade restrictions and to move toward establishing liaison offices in each other’s capitals.

Obama: In return for Iran’s actions, the international community has agreed to provide Iran with relief from certain sanctions — our own sanctions, and international sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.

Clinton: These offices will ease North Korea’s isolation.

Obama: …if Iran complies with its international obligations, then it can fully rejoin the community of nations


Clinton: This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world.

Obama: And it is a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives … we are more likely to be safe, more likely to be secure, in a better position to protect our allies.

Clinton: It’s a crucial step toward drawing North Korea into the global community.

Obama: …there was an appetite among the Iranian people for a rejoining with the international community.

Clinton: And the United States has an unshakable commitment to protect our ally and our fellow democracy South Korea.

Obama: …a very clear message to the Iranians and to the entire region that if anybody messes with Israel, America will be there.

Clinton: We will continue to work closely with our allies and with the Congress as our relationship with North Korea develops.

Obama: But I say that hoping that we can conclude this diplomatic arrangement — and that it ushers a new era in U.S.-Iranian relations — and, just as importantly, over time, a new era in Iranian relations with its neighbors

If you want to see how these quotes from Clinton and Obama sound in their own voices, go to the follwing link:


Given the devious nature of North Korea and the similar nature of Iran and its leaders, does anyone really think that giving the Iranians a deal like Clinton gave the North Koreans is going to end any differently? Again, twenty years from now, I would be willing to bet that we will look back at Obama and say he said the darndest, and most incorrect things, when he went shopping for a self-serving legacy with this deal with Iran, at any cost. 

As a result, he further endangered the world and this country while achieving to look as silly and ransacked as Clinton and his quotes now look relative to the nuclear deal with North Korea.

Yes, politicians say the darndest things and many times they are both naive and dangerous as their rhetoric fails to match the reality of the tyrants they capitulate to.

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