Since Obama is tripling-down on his smears, lies, and outright bigotry, I suppose that I can double-down with what I've previously written.
Contrary to Obama's vile, crass, and, frankly, un-American assertion that, if one objects to his beautiful deal (that rests almost exclusively on the bet that, in a decade, the Iranian government will have moderated), s/he is making 'common cause' with the hardliners in Iran, it is precisely the opposite. I hate to break it to you, Mr President, but the hardliners in Iran ARE the 'Supreme Leader' (as you insist on calling him) and the government. The moderates - those with whom many of us, who oppose the Iranian deal, stood - were the ones getting shot in the street in 2009 during the Green Revolution. You, Mr President, turned your back on the 'moderates' then. Out of ideology, a personal preference for dictators over democrats, or political expediency (‘I cannot p*ss off the hardliners 'cuz...my legacy!), who knows?
Only days before this 'historic agreement' was announced, the Ayatollah Khamenei, as he has done for decades, led a frenzied crowd in chanting 'Death to America! Death to Israel!' while holding a Kalashnikov. And, the supposedly 'moderate' President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has explicitly stated in the past that he and his co-religionists would be willing to sacrifice TWENTY MILLION of their OWN countrymen in a nuclear exchange with Israel if such resulted in the destruction of the Jewish State and its 6 million Jews (and 2 million Arabs).
As Senator Chuck Schumer said in his eloquent essay on why he is voting against Obama’s nuclear sell-out ‘agreement’, this deal is premised on the idea and ideal that treating Iran as an equal, letting it back into the ‘community of nations’, and introducing Western ideas into Iranian society through an opening of markets will result in either moderation or regime change is a bet that is almost certainly not going to pay off. I’m paraphrasing him here, but as hard as it is to say, when he is right, he is right.
It is really indisputable – except to ideologues, sycophants, and antiwar organisations like Code Pink, who do, in fact, constantly make ‘common cause’ with the anti-Semitic, anti-American, Holocaust-denying regime in Iran – that the moderates and real democrats in that country are the very ones that had as much input in this ‘historic accord’ as did Israel, which is to say, NONE.
Sixty – SIXTY! – percent (60%) of Iran’s population of 73 million is under the age of 30. They have made it clear that they do not want to live under theocratic rule. They are the people that should be encouraged and enabled. Providing a path to nukes to the country’s nutters in government doesn’t just present an existential threat to Israel and the world, it crushes the moderates further under the iron fist of the Twelvers, who want nothing more than to impose Islam on the entire world and to bring about the return of the Mahdi through bloodshed and chaos. Don’t take my word for it. Go read the ‘Supreme Leader’s’ book that was published days after President Obama’s 'great gift to America, Israel and the freedom-loving world.'
If you think that I am unduly pessimistic, ‘extremist’, ‘warmongering’, and ‘partisan’ in my contempt for the Iranian nuclear deal, then let me disabuse you of that notion summarily and forthwith. I need only one example to prove to how naïve and delusional that President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and all of their colleagues and supporters are. While President Obama grudgingly was forced to admit that Iran ‘might’ use some of the billions of dollars gained as a result of sanctions’ relief, he asserted that the Iranian government will definitely use most of the money on ‘paying government pensions and repairing crumbling infrastructure.’ I. Am. Not. Kidding.
Do you know what happened immediately after the deal was announced?
General Soleimani, the Commander of Iran’s elite, ruthless Quds Force, defied the sanctions and flew to Moscow.
Did the good General Soleimani travel to Russia to get advice on pension funding and infrastructure remediation from Vladimir Putin?
No, of course not. He was sent at the behest of the ‘Supreme Leader’ to secure several arms deals.
So, just exactly whom is the delusional, naïve, extreme, reckless, 'hardliner' and 'enemy of America' here?