Some folks just aren’t happy unless there’s a war going on. Fortunately, they are not the ones sitting in the White House.
On Wednesday, the grueling process of hammering out a deal with Iran to stop building nuclear weapons was over. The agreement is between Iran and six world powers led by the U.S. Iran has agreed to take steps to severely reduce its capacity to produce nuclear weapons and comply with inspections. If Iran keeps its end of the bargain, international penalties that have severely weakened its economy will be lifted.
This was not an easy decision and the president is fully aware of the risk that Iran might go back on its word. But he also knows how important it is to give peace a chance.
You’d think leaders would be happy if a nuclear catastrophe could be avoided. Not Republicans.
Not surprisingly former Vice President Dick Cheney was one of the first out of the gate, predicting that Iran will launch a nuclear holocaust. He told Fox News that the deal will take the U.S. “closer to the use of weapons than we’ve been at any time since Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.” Instead of raising questions on whether Iran could be trusted, he said Obama could not be trusted to keep the U.S. safe.
Where was his “brilliant” foresight on national security in 2001? Why didn’t he warn President George W. Bush about terrorist plots before 9/11?
Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Chris Christie said Obama “should have walked away” from the negotiations. Everyone had an opinion, but no one offered any positive, clear cut alternatives.
According to one report: “President Obama defended the nascent international nuclear agreement with Iran on Wednesday as the most effective path toward preventing its regime from developing a nuclear weapon, saying he was determined not to squander “a historic chance to pursue a safer and more secure world.”
It is not news that Republicans, for the most part, have their hearts set on war. And any attempt to try another alternative is seen as weak. Trying to work out a deal, such as the one reached by Obama is harder. It requires time, careful thought, strategy and negotiation. It requires looking at the whole pictures, seeing everyone involved, what each stands to gain or lose The president is fighting an intelligent man’s war—one that goes beyond the usual mission of death and destruction.
Republicans don’t care about America. They will do anything –even risk the safety of the U.S. and the world—to try and run the White House. Their thirst for power is insatiable.
Fortunately, President Obama is laser focused and seems to have nerves of steel. It is what has helped him govern with a slow, steady hand. The world is becoming more dangerous and the last thing America needs is a hot-headed president with fingers eager to pull the trigger.
Peace is never guaranteed, but I thank you, Mr. President, for keeping us safe.