December 3, 2014
By Anita Stewart for Challenging the Rhetoric and Wise Women Media
…or is that a rocket in your pocket?
Not enough media hype has been going on about Netanyahu’s announcement last week to the US that Iran has ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) that can reach the United States. When asked if the US should be working with Iran against ISIS, Netanyahu responded by saying that Iran is not a friend or an ally of the US. In a BBC interview, he compared the Iranian government of Iran to Nazi Germany.
Guilty Until Proven Innocent
During the negotiations that will resume again next spring and summer, John Kerry clearly stated that Iran has TO PROVE that it is not developing nuclear weapons. Iran continues to insist that it is developing nuclear energy so the country can end it’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Even More Rhetoric
Last Sunday, the Prime Minister of Israel was a guest on Face the Nation and stated that Iran’s nuclear program was dangerous to the US and the rest of the globe. He stated during an interview with Charlie Rose that he was not “guesstimating” about Iran’s status and that his assessment was based on “solid information.”
Netanyahu was asked by Charlie Rose if he would attack Iran while the negotiating countries were still in talks. Netanyahu dodged the question and did not answer. Charlie Rose tried to corner Netanyahu on the points that he and Obama differed on regarding the negotiations: Netanyahu responded by saying that he did not think that he and Obama differed on anything.
What Is At Stake? Should We Worry?
The disagreements and main talking points during these negotiations include:
- the amounts and future amounts of uranium that Iran wants to enrich
- what sanctions will be lifted as part of the deal and how quickly
It Ain’t Over Yet
Talks formally ended on November 24th and will resume in the spring and summer of 2015 with a deadline for the details of the agreement on July 1, 2015.
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