US President Barack Obama was upset and seemingly angry yesterday.
He could have been upset at the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who rejected today his recent statements on Tehran’s nuclear program, calling them “a counter-propaganda effort in his confrontation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the Congress”.
Zarif stated that the US “has militarily threatened the Islamic Republic of Iran directly and indirectly and imposed numerous cruel and illegal sanctions”. These measures “have not and will not be able to counter the Iranian nation’s firm will and determination to acquire the peaceful nuclear technology and make progress in using it.” And he added:
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not surrender to the other side’s excessive demands and illogical positions.”
He was upset with Israel’s Prime Minister who, he declared
“As far as I can tell, there was nothing new”.
I laughed at that and created this:
Obama added to his White House press talk
“the prime minister didn’t offer any viable alternatives.”
“Viable”? According to who? That is a debatable term.
And how does the New York Times shore up Obama? By being illogical. For example, in their editorial we read
“Mr. Netanyahu’s speech offered nothing of substance that was new … Moreover, he appeared to impose new conditions …”
Wait! Is Netanyahu a magician?
How could he, at the same time, uttered nothing new yet also have imposed (?) new conditions? Where was the fact-checker or second editor or copy reviewer?
One needs to read another newspaper for more balance, like the Washington Post, whose editorial headline reads
Obama needs to provide real answers to Netanyahu’s arguments
and its bottom-line is
Rather than continuing its political attacks on Mr. Netanyahu, the administration ought to explain why the deal it is contemplating is justified — or reconsider it.
Maybe Obama is also angry at that paper?
In any case, the agenda for him is a new one. He should now be pressured and not just toss away suggestions as unviable or unrealistic.