Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Death To American Credibility

                 The Obama administration (along with several other nation’s governments) reached a tentative “accord” with Iran on a nuclear weapons treaty last week. Even as negotiators worked towards an agreement, Iran’s “Supreme Leader” was excoriating the United States. Now that the agreement has been achieved, he is still calling for the struggle against the U.S. to continue, amid his countrymen’s chants of, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!”
                In fact, recently he tweeted out a graphic showing President Obama holding a gun to his head, implying that it would be suicide for him to mess with Iran. And the Democrats called  ‘W’ a cowboy?! The message with the graphic stated in part, “If any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal U.S.”(Note to the Ayatollah, get a better translator/proofreader!).
                And we still went through with the deal and are even now committed to it?!! Doesn’t make us look pathetic at all, does it? What we need to do, in young people’s parlance, is “go all Teddy Roosevelt on his ass.” A simple, “Shut up and go lay by your dish,” would’ve sufficed. A little Reagan-esque humor is called for, too, “The bombing begins in ten minutes. Oh, the mike is still on?” (That “throwaway” line may have helped prevent World War III. Literally).
                What other serious military or weapons systems negotiations have taken place, let alone been concluded, with one party continually berating the other in the most brazen and unhinged manner?
                Even during the Paris Peace Accords, the North Vietnamese communists didn’t try threatening the U.S. with destruction or call the United States “the Great Satan.” No wonder why Israel is incredulous- and angry.
                Imagine the negotiations for the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact before World War II. Of course it was a sham and a ploy, but what if Stalin had called Hitler a “Nancy-Boy” and stated that the Soviet Union could “crush the silly Third-Reich with one arm tied behind our collective backs!” Helpful? Or if Hitler had continually made fun of Stalin’s height or his vodka choices and called the USSR, say, “’the Union of Poor, Vodka and Borscht-Besotted, Potato Lovers,’ who better watch out or we’ll kick your ass…but please sign the pact.” Probably not going to help the process along.
                This president is famously thin-skinned when a Republican, or anyone else, in his native country disagrees with him or simply doesn’t show him total deference. Yet he allows himself to be pushed around and mocked, abused and bullied by almost every other nation’s heads and representatives.
                And it has also come to light that the International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) has negotiated separate “side deals” with Iran that Iran claims cannot be revealed to the Americans- or anybody else. These deals were allowed to occur because the Obama administration agreed to allow the I.A.E.A. and Iran to go forward with them, explicitly against U.S. law.


                Or how I wish that it was.


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