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Trying to Understand the Desire to Kill the Iran Deal

On the Iran nuclear deal, I've tried to make a good faith effort to judge whether there could be any GOOD reasons to scuttle...

Peddling Armageddon for Votes

While Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama engage at the White House in ticklish negotiations over responding to Iran's nuclear program, and the strongly pro-Israel pressure group AIPAC is meeting, Mitt Romney writes a bellicose op-ed for The Washington Post, and, along with two other Republican candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, delivers an extraordinarily inflammatory speech to AIPAC on the same Iranian nuclear program. Romney and the Republican stable (except for Ron Paul) are engaged in an obvious effort to curry favor with what they perceive as "the Jewish vote" by meddling in foreign policy and undermining a sitting President at the most crucial point in negotiations, thus politicizing American foreign relations for personal partisan advantage.

The GOP has engaged in such endeavors in the past, of course, but this time it has an especially dangerous edge, so dangerous that a former head of the Mossad, Israel's fiendishly effective intelligence service, spoke up condemning Romney's op-ed in The Huffington Post. Efraim Halevy said that Romney, "by forecasting his military intentions---- and claiming that Obama would not act the same way" is "telling the Iranians, 'You better be quick about it.'" Halevy explained that an Iranian leader, reading Romney's fulminations  promising that, when he becomes President, he will not hesitate to use military measures to stop Iran's nuclear program, would understand that he had nine more months to expedite their  nuclear program, so he better hurry up.  What else did Romney write that could so alarm the tough former boss of the Mossad? He opened his op-ed with: