Thursday, January 22, 2015
Dem Spits Fire At Obama on Iran
Senator Menendez attacks President Obama
During a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ranking Member Senator Robert Menendez (D -NJ) said “the more I hear from the administration, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.” Menendez’s comments come a day after President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address, in which the President vowed that he would veto any conditional sanctions legislation.
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said that “we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program.” However, many experts say the Iranian nuclear program has not been halted.
[The Israel Project]
Fatal Attraction: U.S. Engagement Strategy - Aaron David Miller
As long as Iran's mullahcracy and security establishment continue to see Iran as a revolutionary Islamic power at home and abroad, the chances of an engagement strategy transforming the U.S.-Iran relationship look pretty bleak. Indeed, perhaps the greatest danger is that a deal really won't diminish Tehran's determination to remain a screwdriver's turn away from a nuclear weapon.
And if the administration is too eager for an agreement, it will find itself with the worst of all possible worlds - with an emboldened Iran freed from sanctions and international pressure, untransformed, unrepentant, and in a stronger, not weaker, position to challenge U.S. interests in a turbulent Middle East.
The writer is vice president for new initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.