Barack Obama admitted yesterday that the Iran nuclear deal is likely to provide more funding for terror groups like Hezbollah but insisted the agreement was still the best way to keep America out of another war in the Middle East.
In a provocative defence of the nuclear pact, Mr Obama said his critics were the same people who launched a failed war in Iraq and warned that Republican plans to tear up the agreement would leave America diplomatically isolated and economically weakened.
He compared his own efforts to reach a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran to John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan’s negotiations with the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War and urged members of Congress not to scupper the agreement in a key vote next month.
“Let’s not mince words,” Mr Obama said. “The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy or some form of war. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months from now, but soon.”
During the 55-minute speech, the president conceded one point to his critics: that Iran was likely to use some of the billions of dollars it will receive in sanctions relief to support terrorist groups.
“We have no illusions about the Iranian government or the significance of the Revolutionary Guard and the Quds Force. Iran supports terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. It supports proxy groups that threaten our interests and the interests of our allies, including proxy groups who killed our troops in Iraq,” he said.
Full article: Barack Obama admits Iran nuclear deal will mean more money for terror groups (The Telegraph)