President Obama has lost the argument on Iran

By Joshua Sharf, Continue reading in Washington Examiner

When your best argument for an agreement is that the deal’s opponents are “making common cause” with your negotiating partners, it’s safe to say you’ve lost the debate.

In what was billed as a major foreign policy address, perhaps the most critical of his presidency, President Obama recently attempted to defend the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran as it comes up for review in Congress.

The lines most calculated to draw a sharp domestic political contrast were these:

Just because Iranian hardliners chant “Death to America” does not mean that that’s what all Iranians believe.

In fact, it’s those hardliners who are most comfortable with the status quo. It’s those hardliners chanting “Death to America” who have been most opposed to the deal. They’re making common cause with the Republican caucus.

It’s hard to imagine words that would simultaneously be more slanderous, self-serving and yet self-contradictory than those. The president is accusing the opposition party in Congress of joining with people who, quite bluntly, want to destroy the country.

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