USA Today, That’s Not What The President Said

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Yesterday morning Rachel and I had the opportunity to be roughly 50 yards away from the President of the United States when he addressed the AIPAC Policy Conference and clearly stated his support of Israel, her unequivocal right to defend herself against all threats and the unquestionable US policy that, other than ‘containment’, every option to deter Iran from reaching nuclear capability is on the table, including the use of US military force.

Despite clear strong words from our president, as they all too often do, members of our free press once again found it necessary to minimize, twist dissect and reconstruct President Obama’s words to push an agenda, already subscribed to by their readers.

As we have heard throughout this conference, Israel’s security and in fact that of the United States is not a partisan issue and should not be attempted to be reduced to such. It is disturbingly shameful to see this incredibly important issue being turned into a political football.

Russell Kaplan, TSTI Board Member and AIPAC Policy Conference 2012 Attendee

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2 thoughts on “USA Today, That’s Not What The President Said

  1. Max Weisenfeld

    Actually, he did:
    “Because of our efforts, Iran is under greater pressure than ever before. Some of you will recall, people predicted that Russia and China wouldn’t join us to move toward pressure. They did. And in 2010 the U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly supported a comprehensive sanctions effort. Few thought that sanctions could have an immediate bite on the Iranian regime. They have, slowing the Iranian nuclear program and virtually grinding the Iranian economy to a halt in 2011. Many questioned whether we could hold our coalition together as we moved against Iran’s Central Bank and oil exports. But our friends in Europe and Asia and elsewhere are joining us. And in 2012, the Iranian government faces the prospect of even more crippling sanctions.

    That is where we are today — because of our work. Iran is isolated, its leadership divided and under pressure. And by the way, the Arab Spring has only increased these trends, as the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime is exposed, and its ally — the Assad regime — is crumbling.

    Of course, so long as Iran fails to meet its obligations, this problem remains unresolved. The effective implementation of our policy is not enough — we must accomplish our objective. (Applause.) And in that effort, I firmly believe that an opportunity still remains for diplomacy — backed by pressure — to succeed.”

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    1. danielmcohen Post author

      “Urges Israel not to bomb” is a leap from what the president actually said. Suggesting that additional time be allowed for the sanctions, that are having a significant effect, to be felt even further is not a friendly push for another attempt at engagement.

      I am currently sitting in a seminar about “Why Iran Truly Wants a Nuclear Weapon” and the discussion is not about whether a military strike will happen, but what might be able to be achieved via even more crippling sanctions prior to the ultimate use of military intervention. Regime change in lRan is a far more challenging problem and that is only likely to occur by asphyxiating the country ( figuratively if not literally) and it’s people from within, rather than attacking it externally and giving Amoudunijad and more importantly the Ayetolah any opportunity to rally the masses.
      The urging is not “not to bomb Iran”. The urging is not to bomb Iran YET. There is still work to be done. Not just diplomatically, but strategically.

      Preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear warheads is no doubt the goal. Our president has clearly said that the US will not allow that to occur. However there are other goals as well. As long as the Ayetolah is in power (or perhaps worse one of a handful of even more radical mullahs succeeds him) Iran’s goal of nuclear weaponry, the eradication of Israel and the Persian domination of the region (if not the world) will continue to be a threat to all of our desires for peace.

      Russell

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