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November 24, 2013 - 9:17 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the agreement forged in the early morning hours in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program a “historic mistake.”

Netanyahu made his first comments on the P5+1 deal at the beginning of a Sunday cabinet meeting.

“What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement; it is an historic mistake,” Netanyahu said. “Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world.”

“For the first time, the world’s leading powers have agreed to uranium enrichment in Iran while ignoring the UN Security Council decisions that they themselves led. Sanctions that required many years to put in place contain the best chance for a peaceful solution,” he continued.

“These sanctions have been given up in exchange for cosmetic Iranian concessions that can be cancelled in weeks. This agreement and what it means endanger many countries including, of course, Israel. Israel is not bound by this agreement. The Iranian regime is committed to the destruction of Israel and Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. As Prime Minister of Israel, I would like to make it clear: Israel will not allow Iran to develop a military nuclear capability.”

Secretary of State John Kerry, making the rounds on the morning news shows, said on ABC the deal “is not the art of fantasy or the art of the ideal.”

“It’s the art of the possible, which is verifiable and clear in its capacity to be able to make Israel and the region safer,” Kerry said. “…Therefore, Israel will be safer, the region will be safer.”

When confronted with Netanyahu’s reaction, Kerry defended the deal as “the beginning and first step.”

“It leads us into the negotiation so that we guarantee that while we are negotiating for the dismantling, while we are negotiating for the tougher provisions, they will not grow the program and their capacity to threaten Israel,” he said. “Israel will actually gain a larger breathing space in terms of the breakout capacity of Iran. It’s just clear.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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John Kerry, the Winter Soldier for the Arab Spring...just found a way to be a sellout to two countries at a time instead of just one.

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No surprises here. It is essentially the deal Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton made with the North Koreans in 1994, after which the North Koreans went ahead and developed their nuclear weapons.

At the time of the Munich sellout, one German diplomat (Theo Krodt) referred scornfully to “that typically British mentality which prefers a bad compromise to a straight solution, if that solution involves the assumption of any responsibility.”

British historian Martin Gilbert summarized the result: “British policy, far from appeasing Hitler, showed him that the British government were willing to come to terms with him at the expense of other nations.”

Other nations? Of course, Israel is menaced by the specter of a nuclear Iran led by apocalyptic Jew-haters committed to a second Holocaust. But almost every other state in the Mideast feels threatened by the potential of an Iranian bomb. Saudi Arabia has come close to breaking relations with the US over our weakness. When Israel and Saudi Arabia agree on a threat, it may be worth taking seriously. And lest we forget, Iran also sees us as its greatest enemy. “Death to the US” is, after all, an official national motto of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

We seem doomed to repeat Chamberlain’s mistake of believing that our security can be preserved by throwing “other nations” under the bus.

A shameful day for America.



A British diplomat (William Strang) , who knew him well, later summed Chamberlain up as follows: “It can be fairly said that he was not well versed in foreign affairs, that he did not fully realize what it was he was doing, and that his naïve confidence in his own judgment and powers of persuasion and achievement was misplaced.”

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John 'Nevil' Kerry made history today with a joyous announcement that "We will have peace in our time" with this agreement. An agreement that I have no doubt the Iranians are already breaking - or plan to in the very near future.

Back home in the WH Barrack 'lets make a deal' Monty Hall Obama was overcome with glee and a question "They chose door number three didn't they"? Yep - but all of the doors on this 'deal' lead to one thing - a very dangerous M.E. Israel cannot let this stand - they know it - we know it - and Israel's apparent new buddy in the neighborhood Saudi Arabia knows this.

Even Commander Zero knows this. This is simply the best way in (his warped mind) to have someone - anyone but him - take out the reactors and facilities inside Iran. Or maybe he really is saying "If you have a nuclear program you like you can keep your nuclear program".

In the bonus round - and there *will* be one - he can go on a tirade or two - dumping on those who 'simply could not wait for the diplomatic efforts to take hold'. This will happen after Israel/Saudi Arabia/(France???) decimate the nuclear ambitions of Iran.

Let the hand-wringing begin. An attack by Israel and friends will commence in three - two - one...



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Barack the Sun King thinks that a Caliphate is the fastest route to One World Government, so he's going to do what he can to help empower it.
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We don't understand. Kerry is trying to kill all the ayatollahs by making them laugh to death.

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John Kerry, the Winter Soldier for the Arab Spring...just found a way to be a sellout to two countries at a time instead of just one.

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