Recently, President Obama, explaining the urgency of reaching- and ratifying- a nuclear accord with Iran, essentially said that it is either this agreement right now, or it’ll be war eventually. Those, he stated, were “the only options.”
The only options? Doubting the veracity of this claim, this reporter diligently scoured the historical record for precedent. Here is what I found, and now pass along to you, my loyal reader:
“Michelle, you need to either accept my proposal, or it’s war. Those are the only options.”- Barack Obama, years ago, on bended knee, proposing marriage to Michelle Robinson.
“Premier Gorbachev, either we sign off on the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty…or it’s war. Those are the only options.”- What Ronald Reagan did not say to Michael Gorbachev during negotiations on that landmark agreement.
“Either we sign this treaty today, or it’s war all around. Those are the only two options.”- Representatives of the Cook Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu to American representatives during late stages of negotiations on the South Pacific Tuna Treaty of 1988.