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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said he was yet to hear a strong factual argument against a nuclear deal with Iran and criticized rhetoric about the agreement from some leading members of the Republican party.

Obama, speaking in Ethiopia during a tour of African nations, said the majority of the world’s nuclear scientists and non-proliferation experts backed the July 14 accord, indicating it was the best way to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

“There is a reason why 99 percent of the world thinks it’s a good deal — it’s because it’s a good deal,” Obama said during a joint press conference with Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn in the capital Addis Ababa.

“The good news is that I’ve not yet heard a factual argument on other side that holds up to scrutiny,” he added.

Obama said rhetoric on the Iran deal from Mike Huckabee, who is bidding to be the Republican party’s candidate in the next presidential election, was part of a pattern of comments that were ridiculous and sad.

Obama also criticized comments by Republican candidate Donald Trump about senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, a war veteran, saying presidential debates deserved better.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Catherine Evans)

Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama arrives aboard Air Force One at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

  • Dominick Vila

    He will never hear a good argument against the nuclear weapons development agreement because there is none. The agreement stops the potential development of nuclear weapons, reduces the grade of nuclear material to make it impossible to develop a weapon, reduced the number of centrifuges that Iran can have, and it allows for UN inspections to ensure compliance with the terms of the agreement.
    The arguments put forth by Netanyahu’s minions in Congress, and by the servants of an arms industry that depends on global instability and warfare to profit, range from insinuating that an agreement that prevents the development of a nuclear weapons guarantees the ability of Iran to develop one, to claims that lifting sanctions will provide Iran with the revenues needed to foment terrorism, to claims that the agreement would allow Iran to pursue its goal of having nuclear weapons 15 from now, to claims that a nuclear weapons development agreement that does not include every single unrelated concern we have should be rejected because it does not encompass total and unconditional capitulation. The entire gamut of Republican arguments is so ridiculous they should embarrass their authors. It doesn’t because those who sell themselves to the highest bidder lost the sense of dignity needed to feel embarrassed.

  • charleo1

    As the Senate’s eventual consent to the Iran deal rests with the Democrats. A call to buck up the Democratic Senator in one’s State could be helpful here. Urging them to muster the courage to do the right thing and back their President, and the majority of their Party in Congress on this. While promising your support come election time, will depend on it. See, the deal is, a lot of Democrats are afraid if they vote in support of the deal, the NeoCon lobby, and their money will target them, and this one vote could cost them their job. I know it’s a disgusting situation. It’s one reason Burnie Sanders is doing so well with so many Democrats right now. Like everyone one else, Democrats are fed up with politicians who lack the courage of their conviction. Mainly because they have no courage, or conviction, other than holding onto their cushy jobs. But call them anyway. This is extremely important, and they do pay attention if enough voters call.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    I listened to the UK’s Prime Minister speaking yesterday on the BBC about the Iran Treaty. He said that all of the members of the United Nations (P51) who took part in this treaty agreement realized that for over 20 years the Iran sanctions did nothing to stop the terror threats to Israel. He is correct. Have those sanctions done one thing to change the animosity Israelis manage to create among their Middle Eastern neighbors?

    Perhaps, it is time for Israel to do a bit of soul searching and face their own part in their actions and decisions.

    And, let’s be honest. Who really benefited most from 20 years of Iranian sanctions if not US BIG Oil? With only OPEC to contend with, US Big Oil raked in obscene profits, jacking oil prices every one of those 2 or more decades. Obviously, by allowing Iran who is No. 2 in oil suppliers back into the global market, US Big Oil now has not one, but 2 competitors for market share

    What should be investigated is what back room deal Boehner and his GOP Gestapos made with Netanyahu to go to war in Iran.

    Israel has to be pretty stupid if they can’t see how the GOP Big Oil Boys are using them to crush their No. 2 world competition for oil markets.