Obama Tells Republican Warmongers What They Don’t Want To Hear: Diplomacy Works

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President Obama delivered the message that Republicans least want to hear. Diplomacy can be difficult and time-consuming, but unlike the neocon war first ideology, it works.


The President said,

This week, together with our allies and partners, we reached an historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon and make our country, our allies, and our world safer.

This framework is the result of tough, principled diplomacy. It’s a good deal—a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran’s program and cutting off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.

This deal denies Iran the plutonium necessary to build a bomb. It shuts down Iran’s path to a bomb using enriched uranium. Iran has agreed that it will not stockpile the materials needed to build a weapon. Moreover, international inspectors will have unprecedented access to Iran’s nuclear program because Iran will face more inspections than any other country in the world. If Iran cheats, the world will know it. If we see something suspicious, we will inspect it. So this deal is not based on trust, it’s based on unprecedented verification.

And this is a long-term deal, with strict limits on Iran’s program for more than a decade and unprecedented transparency measures that will last for 20 years or more. And as a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran will never be permitted to develop a nuclear weapon.

In return for Iran’s actions, the international community, including the United States, has agreed to provide Iran with phased relief from certain sanctions. If Iran violates the deal, sanctions can be snapped back into place. Meanwhile, other American sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism, its human rights abuses, its ballistic missile program, all will continue to be enforced.

As I said this week, many key details will need to be finalized over the next three months, and nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed. And if there is backsliding, there will be no deal.

Here in the United States, I expect a robust debate. We’ll keep Congress and the American people fully briefed on the substance of the deal. As we engage in this debate, let’s remember—we really only have three options for dealing with Iran’s nuclear program: bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities—which will only set its program back a few years—while starting another war in the Middle East; abandoning negotiations and hoping for the best with sanctions—even though that’s always led to Iran making more progress in its nuclear program; or a robust and verifiable deal like this one that peacefully prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

As President and Commander in Chief, I firmly believe that the diplomatic option—a comprehensive, long-term deal like this—is by far the best option. For the United States. For our allies. And for the world.

Our work—this deal—is not yet done. Diplomacy is painstaking work. Success is not guaranteed. But today we have an historic opportunity to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons in Iran, and to do so peacefully, with the international community firmly behind us. And this will be our work in the days and months ahead in keeping with the best traditions of American leadership.

The reason it is difficult to believe the Republicans that all they are seeking is a “better deal” is because they have gone out of their way to sabotage the entire diplomatic process. Republicans haven’t been urging the President to take a different course in the negotiations.

Republicans have spent their time vowing to destroy any diplomatic efforts. The reality is that sanctions and military threats alone have not worked. Sanctions brought the Iranians to the negotiating table, but they are not an adequate resolution to issues surrounding Iran’s nuclear program.

George W. Bush’s tough talk and sanctions strategy were an absolute disaster, but Republicans never learn. President Obama is correct the door is open for a peaceful resolution. Republicans are hiding their agenda behind a game of deal or no deal when what is at stake is war and peace.

20 Replies to “Obama Tells Republican Warmongers What They Don’t Want To Hear: Diplomacy Works”

  1. The republicans are scared of how smart the president is, and they hate him for it, they would rather people died without health care than give him credit for providing it. They would rather take the country to war than give the president credit for his remarkable achievement re Iran. They would rather separate Latino families than agree with Obama’s compassion.
    One thing I hope they do – send their own kids to fight their wars!

  2. Once again our smart Pres. stuck it to the thugs.
    Joan as for who fight the wars these thugs want. it never is their children only ours…They have “better things to do”quote from Romney.

  3. We are going to have to draft a financial aid package for arms dealers, grave diggers and funeral homes if Obama keeps this diplomacy crap going.

    THEY WANT WAR!! PERIOD! NOTHING else, including PEACE, will do!

  5. The Chess master strikes again .Playing with the cons in Washington is like playing with a bunch of Chimpanzees!

  6. Oh, how I love this president. Diplomacy must always be tried first before we send more of our sons and daughters to die in the middle east. Thank you Mr. President and Mr. Secretary. Who cares what the war hawks want. They will never rid of their thirst for war profiteering, making them the scum of this earth.

  7. By now, any reasonable person knows that Republicans want a war with Iran. Their actions speak very loudly, they do not want any deal and therefore are all but saying they want war, because they know that is the likely outcome if negotiations fail.

  8. Obama has bombed 7 different countries in 6 years. He drops bombs by drones indescriminantly over civilian populated areas killing innocent woman and children hoping to kill unconfirmed targets. Labeling republicans as warmongers has been played out and all of us that dont live under a rock are aware of that. But then again those that are aware can still think for ourselves and know the left wing agenda has failed our country based on facts.

  9. But what about the poor Arms Manufacturers? Diplomacy doesn’t work too well for their profit margins!

  10. I think you mean to say that Obama is cleaning up the Crap that his Retard of a Predecessor managed to create.

    Obama got Bin Laden, whereas his Retard of a Predecessor was just too damned lazy to go after.

    The facts that folks like you prefer to ignore, conflate, or fluff up so that you can claim to be the ‘smart’ ones, despite demonstrating time and again- that you’re not.

  11. Only republicans wish that labeling them as warmongers is “played out”. Sorry… if the shoe fits.
    Obama has stopped wars and wound down the conflicts of the previous administration.
    “Drops bombs indiscriminately…”
    You’re an idiot.
    1. Drones drop Hellfire missiles. Not bombs.
    2. There is a target selection process. They aren’t just dropping them on random targets for the lulz.
    3. fuck ’em. You don’t want to catch a Hellfirer in your house? Kick out that terrorist uncle. You’ve got five minutes.
    These terrorist cells are our enemies. If we didn’t use drones, it would be a platoon in harms way.

  12. Sure, he’s dropped bombs via drones, but for me, it beats reading long lists of members of our military who have died in conflict and having my heart break as I read every name on the lists.

    When war is your only answer to a problem/conflict, it’s all you can suggest. I feel much safer with PBO in the WH than I ever did when GWB was it’s occupant. When he was there, I never felt safe. I was always expecting him to announce the next unnecessary invasion of a foreign nation.

    Our troops might be expendable to you, but I’m a real patriot. I value the lives of all of them and I refuse to agree to sending them off to fight in another hellhole to satisfy a neo-con fantasy.

    It’s also disturbing to me that those who always want another war don’t want to pay taxes and don’t want to take care of our troops and veterans.

    You’re America’s real free-loaders.


  14. “Left wing agenda”? What does that even mean?
    The measures for both Left and Right Wing have moved further and further right since the 80’s – yet another thing we can thank Saint Ronnie and his Cabal for – due to liberalism, i.e. the founding ideology of the country, becoming a dirty word. Thus, for fear of being labelled a leftist or Liberal. What is, and has been failing, is the right-wing agenda where by some mystical equation, punishing the needy stops them being in need and somehow promotes job growth, that by aiding the rich, somehow we are all made better off, that putting the interests of big business above infrastructure and social welfare, the needs of the majority are met. Terms like socialism and liberal have been turned into curses whilst attitudes of apathy and selfishness have been elevated to virtues. There is no left wing agenda, though God knows, many would benefit if there were one…

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