Obama Destroys the ‘Overheated and Often Dishonest’ Arguments Against the Iran Deal


President Obama took down what he called the “overheated” and “often dishonest” arguments against the Iran deal in his weekly address. He said that the agreement cuts off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon. He explained that it implements unprecedented monitoring and inspections. The President also explained that the sanctions would immediately be put back into place if Iran were to violate the terms.

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Transcript via the White House:

This week, the United States and our international partners finally achieved something that decades of animosity has not – a deal that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

This deal will make America and the world safer and more secure. Still, you’re going to hear a lot of overheated and often dishonest arguments about it in the weeks ahead. So today, I want to take a moment to take those on one by one, and explain what this deal does and what it means.

First, you’ll hear some critics argue that this deal somehow makes it easier for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. Now, if you think it sounds strange that the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and some of the world’s best nuclear scientists would agree to something like that, you’re right. This deal actually closes off Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon. Today, Iran has enough nuclear material to produce up to 10 nuclear weapons. With this deal, they’ll have to ship 98% of that material out of the country – leaving them with a fraction of what it takes to make even one weapon. With this deal, they’ll have to repurpose two key nuclear facilities so they can’t produce materials that could be used for a nuclear weapon. So this deal actually pushes Iran further away from a bomb. And there’s a permanent prohibition on Iran ever having a nuclear weapon.

Second, you might hear from critics that Iran could just ignore what’s required and do whatever they want. That they’re inevitably going to cheat. Well, that’s wrong, too. With this deal, we will have unprecedented, 24/7 monitoring of Iran’s key nuclear facilities. With this deal, international inspectors will have access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain. The verification process set up by this deal is comprehensive and it is intrusive – precisely so we can make sure Iran keeps its commitments.

Third, you might hear from critics that Iran faces no consequences if it violates this deal. That’s also patently false. If Iran violates this deal, the sanctions we imposed that have helped cripple the Iranian economy – the sanctions that helped make this deal possible – would snap back into place promptly.

There’s a reason this deal took so long to negotiate. Because we refused to accept a bad deal. We held out for a deal that met every one of our bottom lines. And we got it.

Does this deal resolve all of the threats Iran poses to its neighbors and the world? No. Does it do more than anyone has done before to make sure Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon? Yes. And that was our top priority from the start. That’s why it’s in everyone’s best interest to make sure this deal holds. Because without this deal, there would be no limits on Iran’s nuclear program. There would be no monitoring, no inspections. The sanctions we rallied the world to impose would unravel. Iran could move closer to a nuclear weapon. Other countries in the region might race to do the same. And we’d risk another war in the most volatile region in the world. That’s what would happen without this deal.

On questions of war and peace, we should have tough, honest, serious debates. We’ve seen what happens when we don’t. That’s why this deal is online for the whole world to see. I welcome all scrutiny. I fear no questions. As Commander-in-Chief, I make no apology for keeping this country safe and secure through the hard work of diplomacy over the easy rush to war. And on Tuesday, I’ll continue to press this case when I address the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Because nobody understands the true cost of war better than those who’ve actually served in this country’s uniform.

We have before us an historic opportunity to pursue a safer, more secure world for our children. It might not come around again in our lifetimes. That’s why we’re going to seize it today – and keep America a beacon of hope, liberty, and leadership for generations to come.

Thank you, and have a great weekend.

The goal with the Iran deal is to prevent them from obtaining a nuclear weapon. With this deal, President Obama showed the power of diplomacy, which is one of the largest reasons many on the right object to it. The arguments against the deal have become hyperbolic and hysterical, and have of course not offered a viable alternative that would include the political reality of getting other nations on board.

President Obama made an irrefutable point when he said it would be odd for Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and some of the world’s best nuclear scientists to agree to this deal if it’s a bad one. Are they all in the tank for Obama? Clearly not. This one sentence destroys the claims being made by the “opposition” to the deal.

This is too important to be left in the hands of bombastic clowns who do nothing but scream “The world is ending today!” if they don’t get their way on everything. And while critics troll this deal, many of them have brought nothing to the table except the unspoken “solution” that we have already seen doesn’t work.

Legitimate debate should be had, but it shouldn’t rest on presumptions presented as facts or fear-mongering hysteria. Remember “WMD” and the untold damage that lie continues to do to this day. At the end of the day, if not diplomacy, then what? They won’t tell you the answer for a good reason.

24 Replies to “Obama Destroys the ‘Overheated and Often Dishonest’ Arguments Against the Iran Deal”

  1. Will go down as one of the greatest President of all time.

    Just compare the second terms since Reagan

    Reagan-Iran Contra
    Clinton- Impeachment
    Bush- Crash the economy. The Iraq debacle
    Obama- Normalize relations with Cuba. Nuclear deal with Iran. Positive job growth in every month in his second term. The ACA affirmed and here to stay and while he had really nothing to do with it Civil rights for Gay Americans

  2. I think the best part is that for BOTH terms, he kind of had to do it on his own. His party pitched in, of course… but he has been relentlessly attacked by the Right for even breathing the same air as they do.

    This deal with Iran is the same thing. All the Right wants is to bomb Iran because Israel is too much of a chickenshit to do it themselves. They don’t realize that a peaceful Iran is a great thing for that region.

    Yes, there are still many issues with that country and yes, they still aren’t all that fond of us. But, this deal will help them out in such a way that it will help to improve things in the Middle East. I have good faith in our President and the leaders involved in the talks that Iran will do the right thing.

  3. Agreed.

    Other than TPP and the failure to prosecute Banksters, he has been an incredible President.

    Despite 100% opposition by the Reichwing, he has realistically fought for average Americans.

    Considering the long-standing institutional barriers, he has been an incredible President.

  4. Obama must be tired of always having to explain to Republicans what once didn’t need explaining. No matter what he says, the media will give more credit to the GOP. I don’t know about anybody else, but I don’t watch the Sunday talk shows because I am sick and tired of their guest mostly consisting of old, bigoted, white males espousing GOP talking points.

    The media doesn’t even try to hide their bias. The President can only say so much, but most of it is ignored by the media. No wonder the public is so ignorant

  5. With my Republican friends and family members it isn’t LaLaLaLa, it is usually: ABORTION, GAYS GUNS BENGHAZI!

  6. Agree. Amazing man. he freaks me out a little how cool, smart, calm, funny, deep, mature, adult, kind, brilliant and warm he seems. I’ve never felt much for ANY president before. 63 yrs old, white, almost wealthy, married liberal democrat is what I am. President Obama is a rare one. We will not see his like again. I can not state strongly enough my good feeling and good will to this brilliant statesman, my president.

  7. Iran has been chanting death to America since operation Ajax in 1953 when the United States overthrew the Iranian government and installed the SHAH untill the ShaH was overthrown Iran was one of the United states best allies in the middle east,, The nuclear program of Iran was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program. The participation of the United States and Western European governments in Iran’s nuclear program continued until the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah of Iran
    Iran never has and now do not have nuke weapons,,never have, They do not possess the technology, to build nuke weapons and they do not posses the material to build a nuke weapon,,,,Are you worried the Iran NAVY will attack?
    It is LIERS THAT PUPOSELY CONFUSE America,,THERE IS NO NUCLEAR WEAPON DEAL WITH ANYBODY,,, Iran wants Power for their homes and to run the country,,,,and JACKASSES like him try to make it something it is not
    Obama is workin…

  8. This deal will make America and the world safer and more secure”…

    Which will make it much more difficult for Arms Manufacturers to make profits.

    And provide further proof- that one doesn’t always need a gun to be a tough guy.

  9. You left out:
    historic climate deal with China
    released 2 Americans from N. Korea
    nominated Loretta Lynch for AG
    veto KXL pipeline
    ebola crisis ZERO

  10. Left out a few things:
    Historic deal with China on (Climate deal, Visa reform, Trade deal to cut Tech Tariff, agree to avert military confrontation)
    Veto KXL Pipeline
    nominated Loretta Lynch for AG
    rescued 2 Americans from N. Korea
    Ebola Crisis ZERO
    Announced EO for immigration (block by racist RW judge)

  11. We don’t want to fall in line but lets put all the candidates records out there before we fall in love

  12. The Presidents accomplishments are so great we would need a 10,000 word limit to list at least half of them

  13. djchefron…
    It time for you to run for Congress, teach those republicans about Democracy.Love of Country.

  14. Invade Iran- no oil Glut. Prices and profits for Oil Companies remain high.

    Everyone (republican) is happy.

  15. Yeah but they have a trump card. Jesus saved me. When I would say I wanted some pooty-tang and fuk you

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