The Obama-friendly MSM has been trying its best to hype the deal as the most consequential foreign policy act in history … or at least the past hundred years.
Republicans and Israelis are ranting doom and gloom. The former largely for political reasons; the latter with legitimate concerns that they’re toast.
So, I’ve been feeling a bit guilty that I can’t get revved up on the issue
Thought Obama’s press conference yesterday might get me interested.
For what it’s worth, here’s my take …
First, about the deal …
Of course it’s a bad deal.
Iran gets billions in free bribe money just to sign the deal … those checks will clear with no recourse … you know, the possession is 9/10ths of the law thing.
So, Iran will have money to spend on its strategic priorities – things like state-supported terrorism … not things like feed-the-people.
Sanctions are lifted, so Iran will be able to buy stuff on the open market again … a huge windfall for Western corporations who are looking for growth sources.
The “stuff” will include “conventional” armaments … all of which will be put to good use, I assume.
After staying off the radar for a short period of time, the nuclear centrifuges will start spinning like summer carnival merry-go-rounds … and their nuke program will be back on track … just better financed.
There won’t be any recourse by Western nations … never was a threat of military action and there’s no chance of sanctions being restored once they’re off the books.
Eventually, Iran and Israel will have a high noon shoot-out … winner uncertain, collateral damage high.
Sectarian violence will escalate … since the U.S. will emulate the Baltimore City police department and just pull out of the area.
Oil prices will go through the roof … some oil facilities are likely to be torched; some terrorism on the sea blocking pathways … higher oil prices will boost the North Dakota fracking business and the green energy wave …
The oceans will lower and the planet will be saved … except for the Mid-East which will look like the south side of Chicago on steroids.
About the press conference …
It was billed as Obama going on the offense.
I think they meant: Obama getting offended … or, Obama getting offensive.
I expected some strong logic.
Instead it was the usual “I’m smarter than you are” … “The science is settled” … “What’s your plan?” … “I’ve got a pen to veto any opposition” … “I don’t need bipartisan support – I jdon’t even need all Democrats – just 2/3rds of them”
That from the self-proclaimed man with the oratory gift …
So, I still can’t get too worked up on the issue …
The outcome was never in doubt … there would be a deal … and the Iranians would get the best of it.
Maybe the Iranian’s margin of victory is a bit surprising, but that’s it.
That’s why there’s dancing in the streets of Iran (and Syria) … but no victory demonstrations in the U.S.
That’s why there are no non-Administration flacks stepping up with public attaboys.
Bit surprised that there haven’t been some Jewish groups demonstrating about the potential threat to Israel.
Maybe they realize that they’re sleeping in the bed that they made when they gave 70% of their votes to the guy who’ll crafted and will sign the deal … come hell or high water.
Oh well … I’ve gotta go wax my boat.
P.S. Did you notice that the heaviest buzz from the presser were re: Bill Cosby’s Presidential medals and CBS’ Major Garrett’s “disrespectful” question re: the U.S. hostages being held in Iran.