"Let's not mince words. The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy or some form of war," he said during a foreign policy address at American University in Washington Wednesday. "Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months from now, but soon."
I'm a traditionalist and a sucker for that old-time diplomacy ( a Conservative, if you will).
In his American University speech Wednesday, Obama likened today’s situation regarding Iran – in particular the promise he sees in the nuclear agreement hammered out over two years of tough multilateral negotiations – to the lessening of nuclear arsenals and tensions between the US and the former Soviet Union.
“Under Democratic and Republican presidents, new agreements were forged: A nonproliferation treaty that prohibited nations from acquiring nuclear weapons, while allowing them to access peaceful nuclear energy, the SALT and START treaties, which bound the United States and the Soviet Union to cooperation on arms control,” he said. “Not every conflict was averted, but the world avoided nuclear catastrophe, and we created the time and the space to win the cold war without firing a shot at the Soviets.”
And, I shit you not, this is what the Right has to say:
Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal were quick to react to Obama’s speech, which did not mince words in its criticism of congressional critics – accusing them of “magnifying threats” and “playing on people’s fears.”
Yes, the party of " the smoking gun coming in the form of a mushroom cloud" along with other outrageous propaganda is accusing Obama of hyperbole. Fuckwits, as we say at Hometown. BTW, the suggestion I got for fuckwits is kiwifruit. Maybe I should use that instead.
“As Congress and the American people review this deal, President Obama’s rhetoric is raising far more questions than answers,” Cory Fritz, spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, said in a statement. “Instead of offering facts and proving this deal will make America safer, the president is relying on partisan attacks, false claims, and fear.”
Open your eyes and ears, Mr. Fritz. The president has absolutely answered your questions. The fact that the opponents don't want to hear the answers is irrelevant.