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Obama: Iran Deal Builds On Diplomacy That Won Cold War

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 7:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

President Barack Obama says the nuclear deal with Iran builds on the tradition of strong diplomacy that won the Cold War without firing any shots.

Obama compared the agreement to President John F. Kennedy’s call for Cold War diplomacy and nuclear disarmament. He says not every conflict was averted, but the world avoided nuclear catastrophe.

Obama argued in support of the deal in a speech at American University in Washington. He’s working to dissuade lawmakers in Congress from trying to stop the agreement.

Obama says many of the same people who argued for going to war in Iraq are now opposing the Iran deal. He says the looming congressional vote is part of the most consequential foreign policy debate since the Iraq war was authorized.

Obama said that opponents of the Iran nuclear deal were the “same people” who led the effort to push the United States into the war in Iraq. Congress has until mid-September to vote on a resolution supporting or opposing the Iran deal.

Until Congress votes, “tens of millions of dollars” in advertising would be spent urging Congress to reject the treaty, the president said.

“If the rhetoric in these ads and the accompanying commentary sounds familiar, it should,” Obama said. “For many of the same people who argued for the war in Iraq are now making the case against the Iran nuclear deal,” he said.

Obama said Iran was the single greatest beneficiary in the region of the Iraq war. “We need clear thinking in our foreign policy,” Obama said.