We now know that Iran wasn't moderating its message, that Obama was going to shoehorn a nuclear agreement come hell or high water, no matter what the regional consequences and that the Washington news corp is incredibly easy to fool and sell a false narrative to. The myth of a moderate Iran. And that the conversations with the hardliners started far earlier than they let on.
Somebody was pissing on our leg the whole time and it wasn't raining.
"All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” Rhodes said. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”There are a lot of good reactions out there, you might want to get up to snuff by reading this one by David Reaboi, Ben Rhodes Reveals How Obama Duped America Into The Dangerous Iran Deal.
In the spring of last year, legions of arms-control experts began popping up at think tanks and on social media, and then became key sources for hundreds of often-clueless reporters. “We created an echo chamber,” he admitted, when I asked him to explain the onslaught of freshly minted experts cheerleading for the deal. “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”
Rhodes is now backpedalling but it appears the damage has been done.
Interesting to read about Leon Panetta's doubt regarding Obama's longstanding assurances to stand behind Israel when and if all hell does break loose. Now the ex Secretary of Defense isn't so sure. And I wouldn't be either.
Obama has used every possible opportunity to stick the knife in Israel's back and he continues to do so. When the Iran deal was unfurled and it was apparent that Iran would have another $150 billion to funnel to Hezbollah and Hamas the President vowed to maintain Israel's qualitative military edge. Then he not only tried to strong arm them with a lowball MOU but now has included a proviso that U.S. aid can only procure U.S. weapon systems, a clause that would decimate the Israeli economy.
Soon he will join with his european allies and Russia and initiate the final act, censoring the Israelis on the world stage and insisting that they commit national suicide. Things got personal between Obama and Bibi and our President holds a mean grudge. He will not be satisfied until the Jewish state has been brought to its knees.
Obama deserves a lot of credit in certain areas, including fixing a devastated national economy, but his over reliance on his vaunted brilliant transformational powers, his historical myopia and his failure to protect his allies have turned him into a foreign policy nightmare.
Ambassador Dennis Ross - Why Mideast leaders are turning to Putin.
"In the aftermath of the nuclear deal, Iran’s behavior in the region has been more aggressive, not less so, with regular Iranian forces joining the Revolutionary Guard now deployed to Syria, wider use of Shiite militias, arms smuggling into Bahrain and the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, and ballistic missile tests."Fred Fleitz - National Review Junior Obama NSC Staffers Lied About the Iran Deal and Are Running U.S. Foreign Policy