Obama takes on critics of Iran nuclear deal

SAN FRANCISCO Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:04pm EST

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in an event on immigration reform in San Francsico, November 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in an event on immigration reform in San Francsico, November 25, 2013.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took on critics of a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran on Monday by saying tough talk was good for politics but not good for U.S. security.

Top Republicans - as well as U.S. ally Israel - have criticized Obama for agreeing to the deal, which the United States and its partners say will prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

Obama has long been criticized for his desire to engage with U.S. foes. As a presidential candidate in 2008, the former Illinois senator took heat for saying he would talk to Iran, which has not had diplomatic relations with Washington for decades.

The president seemed to want to make a victory lap with his remarks on Monday, which were mainly focused on immigration reform. He noted he had ended the war in Iraq and would end the war in Afghanistan next year, two things he also pledged to do as a candidate.

If Tehran follows the agreement, Obama said, it would chip away at years of mistrust with the United States.

To his critics, Obama was especially direct.

"Tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it is not the right thing for our security," he said.

The White House has declined to identify a date for the next round of talks between Iran and world powers Russia, China, the United States, France, Britain, and Germany. But a spokesman said on Monday that Washington was eager to get started quickly.

Obama is in the middle of a three-day western swing to raise money for the Democratic Party while promoting his policy priorities on the economy.

(Additional reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

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Comments (4)
AlkalineState wrote:
GOP cries: “This deal is too soft on Iran.”

The same GOP that gave long range missiles to Iran, in exchange for hostages. Go Reagan.

Nov 25, 2013 4:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
Halliburton sure doesn’t mind doing business with the Mullahs of Iran. In their defense, it’s a Cayman Islands subsidiary of Halliburton who is giving the Iranian regime the cash. And the Cayman Islands are not subject to the trade sanctions. Says their lawyer…. who recently relocated Halliburton headquarters to Dubai, just in case:


Nov 25, 2013 5:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:
“I ended the war in Iraq” Reality: We left them to fend for themselves and most likely descend into chaos.

“I’ll end the war in Afghanistan” Reality: We’ll leave them to fend for themselves, be overrun by the nuts of the region once again, then pass the buck to somebody else who will have to deal with it all over again, down the road.

“I chipped away at years of mistrust with Iran” Reality: Chipped away at years of mistrust that existed for a good reason… by pretending there was never a problem in the first place, and then giving them what they want.

I guess when you just call every negative a positive, you can’t ever go wrong.

Nov 25, 2013 6:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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