This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

How Can Anyone Not Trust Me? Obama

Who is against the Iran deal? According to Obama only "fools or knaves, the benighted or the willfully wicked, fighting a deal whose intrinsic benefits should be as self-evident as Bran Flakes or a good night’s rest." Obama can’t imagine anyone distrusting his certitude that the deal is the greatest.

This from a president with such a handle on things that he gave us: Al Qaeda is "on a path to defeat" (2012). Bashar Assad’s "days are numbered" (2011). "If you like your current insurance, you can keep that insurance. Period, end of story" (2009). Russia and the U.S. "are not simply resetting our relationship but also broadening it" (2010). Yemen is an example of a counterterrorist strategy "we have successfully pursued . . . for years" (2014).

And so on—a record of prediction as striking for the boldness of its initial claims as it is for the consistency of its failures. Doesn’t Mr. Obama get this? Haven’t his advisers figured out that they have a credibility issue?"

Stephens also points out that Obama even gave us a false choice when he told us we had to take this terrible deal or the only other choice was war. How insidious. Every one in the world, especially the Iranians, knew that Obama would never go to war, so war was never on the table. They also knew he was doing all possible of blocking Israel from protecting themselves from oblivion. What should be on the table Stephens writes is "Transfer to Israel surplus B-52s plus a stockpile of Massive Ordnance Penetration bombs, and supplement the agreement with a congressional preauthorization of air strikes should Iran fail to open suspected nuclear sites to snap inspections."

Then we can negotiate a real deal. By Brett Stephens

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