November 25, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or  Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud? ‘The U.S. has to have a foreign policy. Well-defined, well-structured. You don’t have it right now, unfortunately. It’s just complete chaos. Confusion. No policy. I mean, we feel it. We sense it, you know.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) or Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)? “The text of the interim agreement with Iran explicitly and dangerously recognizes that Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium when it describes a ‘mutually defined enrichment program’ in a final, comprehensive deal. It is clear why the Iranians are claiming this deal recognizes their right to enrich. The U.S. should not weaken existing United Nations Security Council demands that Iran fully suspend its nuclear activities, including enrichment. Loosening sanctions and recognizing Iran’s enrichment program is a mistake, and will not stop Iran’s march toward nuclear capability.”

President Obama appears at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press) President Obama appears at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

A Democratic senator in 2005 or a Republican senator in 2013? “It is as if the Red Sox, finding themselves behind in the ninth, added a few innings to make sure they could defeat the Cardinals in the World Series. Future majorities could, for example, end the filibuster for legislation, removing any obstacle to tyranny of the majority.”

A former Bush or a former Clinton administration Middle East expert? “One has to wonder if a better deal would have been possible had the administration not taken ‘all options’ off the table — that is, had Iran believed there was a real military threat – and had the United States not seemed so very desperate for a deal. I hope Congress will adopt additional sanctions to be imposed if the coming talks break down or if Iran cheats on this deal, because additional pressure is needed.”

A New York Times or Wall Street Journal review of Chris Matthews’s new book on Tip O’Neil and Ronald Reagan? “Matthews is best known today as an ­MSNBC talking head — snarling head, some might say — a kind of Democratic Pat Buchanan giving voice to the resentments of the disgruntled middle class. For those familiar with his brand of confidently asserted overgeneralization, the book is about what you would expect.” (h/t Mediaite)

The Anti-Defamation League or the Republican Jewish Coalition? “This interim agreement allows them to continue enrichment and maintain a breakout capability.  Iran has not earned these concessions and has, in the past, used respites from international pressure to surreptitiously make progress in its nuclear program.”

Real news or an Onion story? “The State Department reiterated Iran’s status as a state sponsor of terrorism and as a destabilizing force in the region and also stood by a May report stating that Iran had increased its terrorist activity in a list of responses sent to Capitol Hill last month after the first round of Iran nuclear negotiations.”

 

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.