Poor Trump. He’s a sucker for a lemon.
That’s what Bibi Netanyahu’s show was—an old wreck passed off as something new and revealing, a flimflam to get a big war going.
It’s not clear if The Donald completely understood what his counterpart in Israel had presented. He didn’t sit through the entire presentation. Fox News will encapsulate it for him.
“If anything it’s proven right what Israel has done today with the news conference and Prime Minister Netanyahu just gave a … very, I don’t know if everybody’s seen it but I got to see a little bit of it, and that is just not an acceptable situation and I’ve been saying it’s happening,” said the president in his inimitable disjointed way.
“They’re not sitting back idly. They’re setting off missiles, which they say are for television purposes. I don’t think so. So we’ll see what happens, I’m not telling you what I’m doing but a lot of people think they know and before the 12th we’ll make a decision,” he continued.
Trump then said Bibi’s little show with shiny props “has really shown that I have been 100% right” about the Iranians cheating on the JCPOA.
You’d think the president of the United States would know that “Project Amad” dates back to 2002 and 2003 and was the basis for the US, Germany, France, the UK, the EU, Russia, and China to work together to establish the JCPOA.
Heather Timmons writes:
Experts on Iran, including the former chief inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency, the group tasked with insuring Iran is complying with the terms of the deal, say there was nothing new in Netanyahu’s presentation. The IAEA explained what Amad was in a public 2011 report (pdf, pg. 15), including the most alarming part of Netanyahu’s presentation—Tehran’s plans to put a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile.
The IAEA said today that the agency’s final assessment of the activities Netanyahu described was summed up in a 2015 report, which found that Iran “did not advance beyond feasibility and scientific studies, and the acquisition of certain relevant technical competences and capabilities,” and that there was no evidence after 2009 that Iran was involved in any activities related to a nuclear explosive device.
The information in the “dramatic presentation was already public knowledge, and was key in shaping the nuclear deal’s inspections regime,” the Times of Israel points out.
So, here’s the takeaway: Bibi’s show was cobbled together for Donald Trump as part of an effort to move him closer to rejecting the JCPOA and eventually—maybe sooner before later—taking out installations in Iran like Trump did recently when he held a fireworks display in Syria.
Most of us are scratching out heads… why did Israel roll out this boneheaded and easily dismantled “secret archive” nonsense?
It’s all about The Donald.
The used car with bald tires and busted springs is designed to convince the narcissist-in-chief that he was right all along.