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Monday, July 30, 2012

Romney may not have blasted Obama but Netanyahu sure did

With Mitt Romney at his side, Prime Minister Netanyahu blasted President Obama's reliance on sanctions (which Obama opposed) to stop Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
Speaking with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney at his side, Netanyahu said a "strong and credible military threat" was needed on top of the sanctions to get Iran to make a change.

“I think it’s important to do everything in our power to prevent the Ayatollahs from possessing that capability," Netanyahu said. "We have to be honest and say that all the sanctions and diplomacy so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota. And that's why I believe that we need a strong and credible military threat coupled with the sanctions to have a chance to change that situation."

Romney's campaign outlined a nearly identical position earlier in the day, criticizing those who call the talk of military action irresponsible as making peace less likely.
For those who think that Netanyahu has overstated the case, I challenge you. Show me one way in which Iran's nuclear program has been slowed down by the sanctions. Yes, the sanctions are making the Iranian people suffer. Yes, the sanctions are destroying (or at least hindering the growth of) Iran's economy. But show me one way in which they have slowed down Iran's nuclear program.

I didn't think you could.

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