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Obama Says Scott Walker Would Be Foolish To Revoke Iran Deal

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Obama Says Scott Walker Would Be Foolish To Revoke Iran Deal

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By Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg News (TNS)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said his successor would be unwise to scuttle a nuclear deal with Iran, rebuking potential Republican candidates who oppose an agreement.

Obama referred directly to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who has said he would revoke an accord on the first day of his presidency.

“It would be a foolish approach to take,” Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio that aired Tuesday. “Perhaps Mr. Walker, after he’s taken some time to bone up on foreign policy, will feel the same way.”

Obama’s comments come as his administration has been defending a framework agreement reached with Iran amid growing opposition from Republican lawmakers and the party’s potential 2016 presidential candidates. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, one of those possible contenders, also has said the next president should revoke the deal.

Forty-seven Republican senators, including at least four potential White House aspirants, sent a letter to Iranian leaders last month warning that any deal they reached with Obama could be undone by the next president.

As a bipartisan coalition in Congress is seeking a vote on any deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, Obama defended his administration’s ability to negotiate an agreement without lawmakers’ approval.

“There is long precedent for a whole host of international agreements in which there’s not a formal treaty ratified by Congress,” he said.

Negotiators have until the end of June to finalize the pact, ironing out technical features including the number of centrifuges Iran will be allowed to keep and how quickly economic sanctions will be lifted.

Obama said the deal is the best option to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and will be valuable even if Iran doesn’t back away from its anti-Israel rhetoric.

“The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms,” the president said. “And that is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment.”

The comments came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that any deal must require Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

“A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of Israel,” and “would not block Iran’s path to the bomb,” Netanyahu said in a Twitter post last week.

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

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19 Comments

  1. m s 57 April 8, 2015

    Yes, Walker would be foolish… Dot Dot Dolt…
    Look at that picture…Dead eyes and a big mouth… It never ceases to amaze that such people can be taken seriously, even considering their chosen profession is politics. (Whatever happened to the idea of citizen-legislators?)

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    1. kenndeb April 8, 2015

      We have replaced statesmen with unqualified, illegal community organizers that have as much experience in leadership as a feral pig.

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      1. m s 57 April 8, 2015

        Are you saying Walker is a statesman?

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        1. kenndeb April 8, 2015

          More so than what we presently residing in our White House.

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          1. m s 57 April 8, 2015

            Scott Walker’s state is now 49th out of 50 in terms of forecasted economic growth, only one in five states to so qualify — they can expect negative growth. Scott Walker has been at war with firefighters, police, teachers and public service workers since he took office. Scott Walker sold his soul to the Koch Suckers long ago and has allowed them to wreak environmental havoc on the state. Scott Walker never graduated from college. Scott Walker is a supply-sider, an economic theory thoroughly discredited by now. And Scott Walker is being carried forward on an opium-eater’s dream that he is competent to hold that office. If that is the kind of man you want running your affairs, God help you, brother.

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          2. BillP April 8, 2015

            Now m s 57 don’t go and confuse kendoll with anything like facts, that tends to confuse him. He would rather live in his own little delusional world where the comments he writes have relevance rather than being the rants of a bitter old man

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      2. RobertCHastings April 8, 2015

        What was illegal about the community organizing Obama did in Illinois before he went to DC? Just because you disagree with the concept of organizing communities for activism does NOT make it illegal.

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      3. highpckts April 9, 2015

        Walker a statesman??? ROFL! He doesn’t hold a candle to the President who has endured 6 years of vile, racist, cartoons and name calling and not said a word except in well worded speeches! That is a statesman! Walker is an arrogant, college drop out who thinks God speaks to him!!

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  2. Paul Bass April 8, 2015

    Yes, look at the picture, do you really want that dolt to be president?

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  3. Dominick Vila April 8, 2015

    The first obstacle to someone like Walker to take us back to the stone age is to get elected. The scary party is that there are many among us that see absolutely nothing wrong with a dimwit like Walker being President, or with the agenda he has embraced. It is truly hard to believe that those who question Hillary Clinton’s academic accomplishments, her work as a lawyer, her experience as First Lady, her tenure as a U.S. Senator, and her record as Secretary of State, as legitimate qualifications to be President, see absolutely nothing wrong with the accomplishment – or lack thereof – of a man like Scott Walker. Honestly, I think this circumstance says more about his followers than about him.

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  4. FT66 April 8, 2015

    What Scott Walker is saying is: on day one, he will take the country to war, as Iran will ignore him (in whatever action he will take), the way they have ignored the letter signed by 47 Senators.

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  5. johninPCFL April 8, 2015

    What these clowns apparently don’t understand is that Iran ALREADY HAS a path to the bomb. It’s the same path Israel took, North Korea took, India took, and Pakistan took, and can be found online through Google. With 19000 centrifuges running 24/7 and using the existing stockpile of uranium they ALREADY HAVE, they are three to six months away from having enough enriched uranium for a single weapon.

    Assuming the agreement fails after some time, with 5000 centrifuges running and starting the stockpile over again, they are at least a year away. Since re-configuring their breeder reactor is also part of the agreement, they would also have no way to get plutonium.

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    1. RobertCHastings April 8, 2015

      And, lest we belabor the issue, just what does the agreement entail? Do you have any idea, or are you just shooting from the lip? Iran WILL eliminate thousands of the centrifuges and get rid of thousands of pounds of already enriched material, in addition to consenting to rigorous on-site inspections..

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  6. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

    Gee Barak you don’t even know what the treaty says. Iran’s take is far different than Kerry’s

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    1. Gee, no GTE

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  7. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

    Gee Dan Ketter you don’t even know what the treaty says. Iran’s take is far different than Kerry’s

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    1. RobertCHastings April 8, 2015

      This is NOT a treaty, otherwise the Senate would some say in it. When a TREATY IS negotiated, then the Senate will be able to debate it.

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  8. RobertCHastings April 8, 2015

    Walker is playing the ONLY card at which the GOP is still good – FEAR. And, unfortunately, many Americans believe the basis for fear is real. Had Obama done as the Republicans and Netanyahu wanted him and abandon negotiations and ratchet up the sanctions, that country would be drawing ever closer to developing a strong nuclear capability. HOWEVER, Iran has agreed to the conditions AND the US and its negotiating partners have given up NOTHING. Even the sanctions will not be reduced UNTIL Iran has demonstrated that it has, indeed, reduced its capacity to enrich nuclear material through a strenuous regimen of on-site inspections at ALL facilities. And the Republicans in the Senate know this. They also know that they have no standing in this as Obama is NOT negotiating a treaty, but conducting that foreign policy to which, Constitutionally, ONLY the Executive Branch has a right.

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  9. S.J. Jolly April 9, 2015

    GOP opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran is very akin to their opposition to Obamacare. They say it is bad, but can they come up with anything better?

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