Trump's decertification of the Iran deal is sad news of course, though there are some silver linings. Nothing may come of it. The Congress might woof a lot but leave it alone. Germany, France, and Britain have already slapped the president down -- they "stand committed" to the deal. Though look who was quick to "congratulate" the president:
"Israel embraces this opportunity," Netanyahu says. And so should every leader responsible for "the security of the world."
So it is clear as ever who is against the deal. Israel and its lobby. That's all, folks. The other night on NBC, Andrea Mitchell said that Trump would gladden "his base" by decertifying the deal, but this is simply a lie. Trump's base of disaffected white voters in red states don't care about Iran. The pro-Israel wing does. Trump's "billionaire donors" -- three rightwing Israel supporters -- care. The media's evasion of this central question is more transparent than ever.
The leading Israel lobby group AIPAC was quick to adore the president on his speech. "POTUS policy objectives: Confront Iran's regional aggression and fix dangerous flaws in the nuclear deal."
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Too bad that Susan Rice didn't openly confront AIPAC when she had power, as national security adviser to Obama, and ambassador to the U.N. Though Obama tried to call out Israel, in his great, I'd be abrogating my constitutional duties speech, when he said he couldn't defer to Netanyahu.
Israel runs through all arguments on the deal. Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, which is funded by Paul Singer, Sheldon Adelson and Bernard Marcus and is all about Israel, stole Netanyahu's line on PBS last night -- "Fix it or nix it"-- without crediting the Israeli p.m. The Republican Jewish Coalition promptly declared that Trump has bolstered Israel's security. The Israel Project at least tells us what the real problem with Iran is: It helps Hamas and Hezbollah, Israel's pesky enemies. That's an existential threat to the west?