Betrayal of our closest ally. “The Netanyahu government is ‘in a crisis of faith’ with the Obama administration over the possible deal, Israel’s Channel 1 News further reported, in part because it apparently differs in content from the terms that Kerry had previously described to Netanyahu. Other Israeli reports said Netanyahu felt he had been ‘misled’ by the US over the terms of the deal.”
President Obama has abandoned any pretense of tough negotiations. “Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told a national TV audience Sunday that he was worried the Obama administration could ‘deal away’ its leverage in negotiations with Iran by prematurely lifting sanctions without halting the Middle Eastern nation’s push for a nuclear weapon.”
Friend of Israel Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) wants no part of Obama’s double-cross of Israel and his own stated policy objectives. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to move forward on a package that ultimately would send a very clear message where we intend to be if the Iranians don’t strike a deal and stop their nuclear weapons program.”
Obama’s proposed deal would have been a sell-out of American foreign policy interests. “A massive sanctions relief windfall of $20 billion or even more, granted in exchange for reversible nuclear concessions that do little to dismantle Iran’s military-nuclear infrastructure, is exactly what Iran would need to relieve the pressure from sanctions and enhance its negotiating leverage in the run up to any final agreement.” Read the whole thing.
GOP grown-ups have woken up. They may be getting ready to submarine a House radical, Justin Amash (R-Mich.) in the primary. “This sort of a face-off is sure to take what should have been an uneventful, easy primary and reelection and turn it into a focal point for the national media and outside influence groups from both ends of the spectrum. Unlike other areas, though, it’s highly unlikely that this will open any sort of door for the Democrats. Whoever wins that primary should still be holding the seat after next autumn. But it’s sauce for the goose and will become one of the races to watch for 2014.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hits back at the former Mitt Romney aides who tried to stab him in the back by releasing details of the vetting for VP in 2012. “First. political advice from people who ran the Romney campaign is probably something nobody should really give a darn about, so let’s start with that.”
It undermines the liberal narrative (bull in china shop! bully!) of Chrsitie when he responds this way: “Oh, who cares, I mean seriously. I’m on the cover of Time Magazine, you know. It is certainly not the first weight joke that has been thrown my way over the course of the last four yes, Chris. So you know, It doesn’t matter to me. I haven’t seen the issue yet, I mean I have just seen the cover, I haven’t read the issue yet, it doesn’t matter to me, it really doesn’t. And if you are going to be bothered by that kind of stuff then you don’t belong in public leadership. They can say whatever they like it’s fine by me.”