Dog and Pony Show

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.
The Mideast just got incredibly more dangerous. The President's "historic understanding with Iran" made a Nuclear Iran more imminent than ever. It also made the rest of the Middle East enter a new era of who could out nuke who. The whole calculus of the Middle East got changed for the worse overnite.

President Obama was so hungry for a Deal at any price that he made the worst deal possible. Between 2008 and 2012 the United Nations Security Council passed five resolutions against Iran for violating the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty. What is going to stop Iran from violating the "historic understanding"?  They are pathologic liars who play chess with nuclear warheads. It hid its nuclear facilities at Natanz and Fordow for years despite saying that "it has opened its doors with regard to Inspections".

 They have called for Israel's extermination every chance they can. Brig. General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, Commander of the Basij militia recently repeated his plans, "We will not abandon our  [armed] struggle until the annihilation of Israel and until we will be able to pray in al-Aqsa mosque".  American educated Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif is about as trustworthy as Joseph Goebbel's. He learned how to charm journalists, analysts and politicians. Even he called for Israel's annihilation in an interview with Ann Curry of NBC but he couched it in terms of " The Netanyahu regime should be annihilated". Don't be deceived by his smile. Under the pearly white is dismal gray.

The "understanding" was a result of a "perfect storm" of Politics. A President who has turned the Mideast into a cauldron with his misguided policies, desperate to create a legacy in foreign policy, shunned by his own Party over repeated failures, and a Secretary of State who wants to show something for his long hours and who always throughout his career was more interested in appearances rather than reality. The "dog and pony show" will fool lots of people for a short time until reality sets in. Unfortunately, the reality is a Nuclear Iran. It is up to Congress to prevent disaster.The President is a ferocious salesman. He will continue to try to gather public support using every trick in the book.

The Republican led Congress was elected because the public was becoming leery and wary of the executive branch. The President will try to overcome the public's fear. It is up to every wise and sane human on planet Earth to speak up and make sure this does not happen. Too much is at stake. The world always prefers to be lulled into a false sense of security. Unfortunately, reality strikes back with a sledgehammer, or in this case with a nuclear explosion.

I am hopeful that Israel once again will act to save the world much as Menachem Begin did when he destroyed the Nuclear Capability of Iraq in Osirak. At the first violation of the President's "understanding", I have to believe Israel will not sit idle. This is not a movie or a Broadway play. It is life and death. The President would do well to learn from history rather than his own antics and his own skewed world view.