Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations on October 1, 2013, and stood his ground that Israel would not allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon even if it meant having to act militarily on its own.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sees his opening to buy time and play President Obama, a direct link to the fallout of Obama’s handling of the crisis in Syria. He sees an American leader who does not have the courage of his convictions and the trust of the international community and a growing majority of the American people.
Netanyahu must be kicking himself for not acting sooner, now he faces a chilling decision and left wondering if the U.S. can be trusted to have his back. Netanyahu is not buying Rouhani’s double faced facade. Netanyahu stated that Rouhani promises, quote, “constructive engagement with other countries.” Yet, two years ago, Iranian agents tried to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Washington, D.C. And just three weeks ago, an Iranian agent was arrested trying to collect information for possible attacks against the American embassy in Tel Aviv. Some constructive engagement”. “I wish I could be moved by Rouhani’s invitation to join his wave, a world against violence and extremism. Yet, the only waves Iran has generated in the last 30 years are waves of violence and terrorism that it has unleashed in the region and across the world”.
“Rouhani tells us not to worry. He assures us that all of this is not intended for nuclear weapons. Any of you believe that? If you believe that, here are a few questions you might want to ask. Why would a country that claims to only want peaceful nuclear energy, build hidden underground enrichment facilities?”
Netanyahu stated in the text of his speech that “why would a country with vast natural energy reserves invest billions in developing nuclear energy? Why would a country intent on merely civilian nuclear programs continue to defy multiple Security Council resolutions and incur the tremendous cost of crippling sanctions on its economy”?
“And why would a country with a peaceful nuclear program develop intercontinental ballistic missiles, whose sole purpose is to deliver nuclear warheads? You don’t build ICBMs to carry TNT thousands of miles away; you build them for one purpose, to carry nuclear warheads. And Iran is building now ICBMs that the United States says could reach Washington in three or four years”.
President Obama has spoken to Rouhani on the telephone, an historic moment between the two countries. He is correct in doing so, no one wants war and if Iran reaches out he has to listen. The question is can Obama be trusted and be sharp enough to outwit any scheme by the Iranian regime. If his actions in Syria serve as a model, than it’s no wonder that Netanyahu has sleepless nights.
Rouhani is a cold and calculated terrorist with blood on his hands.
Obama’s foreign policy is like watching a game show. His inability to make a concrete decision and stick to it resembles deal or no deal; he is always reaching out for a life line even if it means it's coming from one of our enemies and he does not know the actual retail price of his actions in the long term. Obama does not know if he should spin the wheel or buy a vowel and when all is said and done we end up wondering if he really is smarter than a 5th grader.