Catching up from a week of distractions of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before congress (little c). The below all worth a gander.
New York Daily News – Damn right, Bibi: Netanyahu’s urgent warning to the world on Iran
The world leader who addressed a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday was a man with a clear vision of Iran as an expansionist, extremist, radical Islamist power sure to use nuclear weaponry for domination.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked the chamber through the regime’s four-decade history of imposing fundamentalism via repression at home and terror abroad as compelling prologue for urging the U.S. to abandon President Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with the mullahs.
As directly as possible, Netanyahu told the gathering of America’s elected representatives:
“For over a year, we’ve been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. We are better off without it.”
Obama has on the table technical specifications and inspection standards designed to limit Iran’s ability to “break out” toward building a nuclear bomb within a year. He would allow the pact to expire in ten years, trusting that Iran would then meet standards for peaceful atomic energy.
The White House says, in effect, that this is the best the world can do considering that Iran has developed advanced nuclear know-how, illegally built sophisticated nuclear facilities, amassed ballistic missiles and could wire up and deliver a bomb in a hop, skip and a jump.
Well, whose fault is that? More here.
Mark Steyn – The Enemy of My Enemy
Our leftie friends at Mother Jones put it this way:Benjamin Netanyahu just mansplained Iran to Obama
Er, okay. Glad you said that because there’d be no end to it if some rightie guy sneered that Obama was our first female president.
For what it’s worth, I prefer mansplaining to ‘Bamsplaining, where he peddles a lot of gaseous pap interrupted by cheap digs at straw men and all delivered in that set-your-watch-by-it left-right prompter-swivel. (To stick with the Mother Jones shtick, real men don’t use prompters.)
But, if this was “mansplaining”, it was a big man doing the ‘splaining. The shout-out to Harry Reid, the “my long-time friend John Kerry” schmoozeroo, all this was brilliant – not because everyone doesn’t understand how fake it is, but because the transparent fakery underlines how easy it is to be big and generous and magnaninmous and get the snippy parochial stuff out of the way to concentrate on what really matters. Continue here.
Charles Krauthammer – Netanyahu’s Churchillian Warning
The prime minister offered a concrete alternative. Sunset? Yes, but only after Iran changes its behavior, giving up its regional aggression and worldwide support for terror.Netanyahu’s veiled suggestion was that such a modification — plus a significant reduction in Iran’s current nuclear infrastructure, which the Obama deal leaves intact — could produce a deal that “Israel and its [Arab] neighbors may not like, but with which we could live, literally.”
Obama’s petulant response was: “The prime minister didn’t offer any viable alternatives.” But he just did: conditional sunset, smaller infrastructure. And if the Iranians walk away, then you ratchet up sanctions, as Congress is urging, which, with collapsed oil prices, would render the regime extremely vulnerable.
And if that doesn’t work? Hence Netanyahu’s final point: Israel is prepared to stand alone, a declaration that was met with enthusiastic applause reflecting widespread popular support. More here.