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{The Iran Deal Problem} A President’s Intelligence Contrasting Warmongers In The Repugnant, Republican, GOP Party..

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President Obama was well into his feisty and freewheeling news conference on the Iran nuclear deal when Major Garrett of CBS News got under the presidential skin.

 

“As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges,” Garrett said. “Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of this nation, the strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?”

 

The normally cool president reacted slowly, as though trying to control his anger.

 

“The notion that I am content — as I celebrate — with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails?” Obama asked, icily. “That’s nonsense, and you should know better.” After that extraordinary scolding, the president went on to explain that he didn’t link the American captives to nuclear talks because doing so may have made Iran think “we can get additional concessions out of the Americans,” and would have made it “much more difficult for us to walk away” from a deal.

 

Garrett’s question, though loaded, was legitimate; one of those being held on bogus charges in Iran is Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief. And Obama’s answer was revealing: Full of Sturm und Drang, he ultimately acknowledged that the United States just doesn’t have the clout to enforce its will.

 

This was an undercurrent of the whole news conference Wednesday afternoon, and of Obama’s overall defense of the Iran deal. He was tough and strong, but in service of the argument that American power is limited — that this is the best deal we could get with our declining leverage. His defenders call it realism; it also may amount to ratifying retreat.

 

Obama took on those who said a better deal would have stripped Iran of all nuclear capability. “The problem with that position is that there is nobody who thinks that Iran would or could ever accept that, and the international community does not take the view that Iran can’t have a peaceful nuclear program,” he said. “And so we don’t have diplomatic leverage.”

 

As for those who argue for continued economic sanctions? Obama said that sanctions “required the cooperation of countries all around the world, many of whom really want to purchase oil from Iran.” If they saw the United States walking away from a deal, “the sanctions system unravels,” he said, and “we have lost credibility in the eyes of the world.”

 

He positioned the nuclear deal as the work of a nation trying to triage its problems in global affairs. “The argument,” he said, “that because this deal does not solve all those other problems, that’s an argument for rejecting this deal, defies logic . . . and it loses sight of what was our original number one priority, which is making sure that they don’t have a bomb.”

 

Broadly, Obama offered his view that “it’s not the job of the president of the United States to solve every problem in the Middle East,” and he said he couldn’t end the Syrian civil war without “buy in” from Russia and Iran. He acknowledged that the nuclear deal might mean more money for Hezbollah, but said, “Is that more important than preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon? No.”

 

Even when the news conference took a brief detour into domestic issues — revoking Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom — Obama spoke of powerlessness. “There is no precedent for revoking a medal,” he said. “We don’t have that mechanism.”

 

 

A couple of dozen seats at the news conference were empty, so a smaller-than-usual crowd got to see the rare spectacle of Obama going off script. After finishing his list of pre-selected questioners (and posing a few questions to himself about various objections to the deal), he opened the floor to all comers. “Have we exhausted Iran questions here?” he asked. “I really am enjoying this Iran debate.”

 

There’s little that Obama’s Republican critics in Congress can do about the deal other than vote their symbolic disapproval, and the president seemed to be speaking as much for the history books as for contemporary critics, using phrases such as “historic chance” and “future generations.” But mostly what came through was a defense of what future historians may describe as the Obama doctrine: an America that recognizes the limits of its power and acts less ambitiously.

 

“No one suggests that this deal resolves all the threats that Iran poses to its neighbors or the world,” he said, returning repeatedly to the argument that none of his critics has “presented to me or the American people a better alternative.”

 

He’s right. And this is why it was, sadly, a powerful case — for American weakness. [Dana Milbank Washington Post]

 

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Dick Cheney and daughter, Liz, in The WSJ writes about Obama: “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2014 by sheriffali

“I know that we as Americans have short attention spans, but most of us don’t suffer from amnesia. The Bush administration created this mess, and the Obama administration now has to clean it up.

 

The Cheneys wrote: “This president is willfully blind to the impact of his policies,” Mr. Cheney seemingly oblivious to the irony.

 

George W. Bush may well have been a disaster of a president (in a 2010 Siena College Research Institute survey, 238 presidential scholars ranked Bush among the five “worst ever” presidents in American history), but at least he has the dignity and grace — or shame and humility — to recede from public life with his family and his painting, and not chide and meddle with the current administration as it tries to right his wrong.

 

Mr. Cheney, meanwhile, is still trying to bend history toward an exoneration of his guilt and an expunging of his record. But history, on this, is stiff, and his record is written in blood.

 

This, from the man who helped lead us into this trumped-up war, searching for nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, a war in which some 4,500 members of the American military were killed, many thousands more injured, and that is running a tab of trillions of dollars.

 

During the lead-up to the war, Mr. Cheney said to Tim Russet: “I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators.” Nothing could have been further from the truth.

 

Even if it were indeed rare to be “so wrong,” as Mr. Cheney puts it, he was vice president in an administration that was much more tragically wrong. His whole legacy is wrapped in wrong.

 

At one point in the article, the Cheneys state:

 

“Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing.”

 

Mr. Cheney must think that we have all forgotten the scene from “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore’s 2004 documentary, in which President George W. Bush, brandishing a club on a golf course, looks into the camera and says,

 

“I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you.”

 

That is quickly followed by, “Now, watch this drive,” and a shot of Bush swinging at the ball.

 

In fact, on one of the rare occasions that Mr. Cheney was actually right, in 1994, he warned about the problems that would be created by deposing Saddam Hussein:

 

“Once you got to Iraq and took it over, and took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq you can easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off. Part of it the Syrians would like to have to the west. Part of eastern Iraq, the Iranians would like to claim, fought over for eight years. In the north you’ve got the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It’s a quagmire.”

 

 

That was quite prescient. And yet, the Bush administration pushed us into the Iraq war anyway, and the quagmire we now confront.

 

That’s why it’s so galling to read Mr. Cheney chastising this administration for its handling of the disaster that Mr. Cheney himself foresaw, but ignored.” [NYT – Charles Blow]

 

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FOX NEWS – “THE KELLY FILE” SPECIAL GUEST, Fox Pet Child And Hero Dick Cheney

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DICK CHENEY PROFITED 39.5 BILLION FROM IRAQ’S DEATH AND DESTRUCTION and blames Iraq’s chaos on President Obama,

 

6,781 Dead American Soldiers; 50, 159 Wounded; 100,000 Plus Innocent Dead Iraqis and Dick Cheney blames President Obama for Iraq’s Chaos.

 

At one point in the article, the Cheneys state:

 

“Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing.”

 

Mr. Cheney must think that we have all forgotten the scene from “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore’s 2004 documentary, in which President George W. Bush, brandishing a club on a golf course, looks into the camera and says,

 

“I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you.”

 

That is quickly followed by, “Now, watch this drive,” and a shot of Bush swinging at the ball.

 

In fact, on one of the rare occasions that Mr. Cheney was actually right, in 1994, he warned about the problems that would be created by deposing Saddam Hussein:

 

“Once you got to Iraq and took it over, and took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place? That’s a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government of Iraq you can easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off. Part of it the Syrians would like to have to the west. Part of eastern Iraq, the Iranians would like to claim, fought over for eight years. In the north you’ve got the Kurds, and if the Kurds spin loose and join with the Kurds in Turkey, then you threaten the territorial integrity of Turkey. It’s a quagmire.”

 

 

That was quite prescient. And yet, the Bush administration pushed us into the Iraq war anyway, and the quagmire we now confront.

 

That’s why it’s so galling to read Mr. Cheney chastising this administration for its handling of the disaster that Mr. Cheney himself foresaw, but ignored.” [NYT – Charles Blow]

 

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Jim Wright, Iraq War Veteran said; “I’ll tell you what, let’s go back to Iraq;

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Oh, yes, let us do that, I’ll dig out my uniform and strap on my Pistol and gird up my Sword and ride into battle again, so long as Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, Glen Beck, Michael Savage, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and every single one of the powered, Botoxed talking heads at Fox News are in the Vanguard.

 

That’s right, you cowards, you put on a uniform and lead the charge this time.” [Verbatim]

 

Listening to John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Dick Cheney, Paul Bremmer and their mouth piece at Fox News, one would think that the terrible ordeal our Soldiers encountered during an uncalled for invasion of Iraq that left, 4,500 dead, over 50,000 wounded, more than 75,000 with severe mental problems at a cost of 1.7 trillion dollars, that somehow the Soldiers just want to turn around and reinvade Iraq.

 

Republicans blocked the 21 Billion dollars Veterans Bill; refuse to extend the Unemployment Insurance that returning Veterans need; slashed Food Stamps that helps to subsidize Veterans and yet Republicans and the loud mouths at Fox News totally bankrupt of shame, are making up stories, the lies that got us into Iraq in the first place, and in the name of Patriotism for which Republicans and the people at Fox News are totally bankrupt of, are auguring day and night that the chaos in Iraq is somehow President Obama’s fault.

 

One significant bold-faced lie they are telling is that Obama didn’t leave a residual force in Iraq. How could he? George W Bush in late 2008 signed an agreement with the Iraqi Government that all Americans Forces would leave Iraq at the end of 2011. There was an understanding that Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki would sign a Status of Forces Agreement that would provide immunity to our residual Soldiers from Iraqi Laws. Mr. Maliki who was basically installed as Prime Minister by George W Bush, he is an Iraqi Shiite that lived in exile in Iran for 20 years. He didn’t return until George W Bush invaded Iraq and captured Saddam Hussein. Prior to the end of 2011 Mr. Maliki refused to sign the SOFA and Obama had no choice but to remove all American troops.

 

Republicans and Fox go further with their lies and say that the Obama Administration didn’t try hard enough to get the SOFA signed. It really didn’t matter who was President because Nour al-Maliki allegiance is with Iran and Iran was calling the shots. Iran made it clear to Maliki that they Iran didn’t want any American troops left in Iraq. America was never an occupier of other people’s country, so the only alternative for Mr. Obama would have been to remain an occupier and continue to have American troops killed and wounded at a cost of three billion dollars per week.

 

Nour al-Maliki after America exited he fired all of the highly trained Commanders and installed his cronies, all Shiites. What you see now that is happening in Iraq is the retribution by the Shiites that caused the Sunnis to abandon the Iraqi Army, because they don’t see the need to fight for a country where the “installed” Government, has literally preyed on them.

 

I would trust President Obama’s judgment to do what is best in this situation, rather than the internecine Pundits and talking heads that are constantly on the Television.

 

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