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Petty Continetti Says Don't Trust Iran Deal Because Benghazi

The privileged son of neocons from the Washington Free Beacon says don't trust President Obama because Bergdahl and Benghazi. Iraq war? No problem.
Petty Continetti Says Don't Trust Iran Deal Because Benghazi
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Matthew Continetti, a younger, perhaps more sardonic Tucker Carlson, is the waterboy for his corporate imperial wizards who genuflects to neocons like father-in-law, Bill Kristol. He's the author of the important literary gem, “The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star.” He mocks the simple act of President Obama walking to his podium in the Rose Garden as if he's Josef Goebbels issuing a decree of execution in his piece Benghazi, Bergdahl And The Bomb.

President Obama strode to the lectern in the Rose Garden Thursday to announce a “historic” agreement between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The preliminary deal made in Lausanne, Switzerland, the president said, “cuts off every pathway Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.” I hope he’s right.

Yeah, sure you do Matt. You blindly supported the matriarch of the brawling Palins, ignoring her obvious mental deficiencies. If ever there was an act that put us in grave peril, it would be selecting that Teabagger to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. Normalizing relations with Iran is a bigger accomplishment than anything achieved by Republicans since Nixon created the EPA. His lying continues:

But I’m not counting on it. The president has a terrible record of initial public pronouncements on national security. He has a habit of confidently stating things that turn out not to be true. Three times in the last four years he has appeared in the Rose Garden and made assertions that were later proven to be false.

Continetti is obsessed with semantics, Benghazi being all about calling it a terrorist attack instead of an act of terrorism. Sounds a bit like the right wing obsession with calling ISIS an Islamic terrorist group, not a cult of death (the latter sounding far more menacing).

The U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on September 11, 2012. Four Americans were killed, including our ambassador. Obama delivered remarks on the attack in the Rose Garden the following day. “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation,” he said. What he didn’t say was that the killings in Benghazi specifically were a “terrorist attack” or “terrorism.”


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Sounds as if the author wants to be called Petty Continetti. His baseless fearmongering includes his show of support for the hysterical Bibi Netanyahu, who has been warning us that it's a matter of a few months until Iran gets "the bomb." It's not clear why he's perfectly okay with Pakistan, a far less educated country with hoards of terrorist cells, having nuclear armaments. He continues,

And now we have the Iran story. Iran, the president says, will reduce its centrifuges, dilute its enriched uranium, open its nuclear sites to inspectors, and turn its fortified underground reactor into a “research” facility in exchange for sanctions relief. The only alternatives, Obama goes on, are bombing Iran or ending negotiations and re-imposing sanctions. “If, in fact, Prime Minister Netanyahu is looking for the most effective way to ensure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon, this is the best option. And I believe our nuclear experts can confirm that.”

Netanyahu is of course, displeased with any agreement that would increase the chance for peace and prosperity with regard to the Iranian people. What's probably most upsetting is the accolades President Obama has received from the young people of Iran. The better the conditions become for Iran's struggling economy, the less likely a war would break out. His bible-thumping buddies in the G.O.P. Fundamentalist Congress are very much pro-war. Anything to speed up Judgement Day, just ask all the crazies we've elected who can't wait for the Rapture.

Ironically, Bibi's Iran-phobia is not shared by many in his country, in sharp contrast to the way our right wing media insists that Netanyahu speaks for all of Israel.

Despite this heady rhetoric, Netanyahu’s estimates of an imminent Iranian nuclear bomb have consistently been at odds with analyses made by his own intelligence agency. In 2011, departing Mossad intelligence chief Meir Dagan said in his final intelligence summary that, contrary to Netanyahu’s repeated statements at the time, an Iranian nuclear weapon is in fact not imminent, and that any military action against the country could end up spurring the development of such a weapon.

Just last week, leaked intelligence cables reported by Al Jazeera revealed that at roughly the same time in 2012 that Netanyahu was brandishing his cartoon bomb and telling the United Nations that Iran was close to obtaining a nuclear weapon, Israeli intelligence had actually determined the country was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons.”

U.S. Secretary of Energy and PhD in Theoretical Physics from Stanford University, Ernest Moniz, said there is no way for Iran to build a bomb in less than a full year's time. “The theory is that Ernie’s judgment on that matter is unassailable," say those who understand the scientists qualifications. Right wingers like Continetti have no use for the intelligentsia, they only respect money and violence.

I wish Continetti understood that Iran is a far better educated country, perhaps the best in the entire region. It is a country that deeply admires the United States, much unlike the perception that we see in our news cycles. The demonizing of Iran stems from Oil'igarchs in the United States who are still bitter that our puppet government no longer exists in Tehran; don't forget that prior to the fall of the Shah in the late 1970's, Iran was an American ally. They nationalized the oil industry and that lost a lot of money for big oil. Iran has also promised, for some time now, not to ever produce a nuclear weapon. An attack on Israel would bring their immediate destruction, and they know this very well.

Sgt. Bergdahl is an American soldier, no matter what the accusations against him are. The Benghazi episode has been analyzed to death, with no proof of wrongdoing ever surfacing. The deal with Iran is the best thing to happen in our Middle East policy, mainly because it avoids WAR.

It is not only propitious to our national economy to repair Iranian relations, but a nation who respects our country is less likely to cause us terror and problems. Continetti, along with his NRA fetishists at the Washington Free Beacon only think one way: war good, peace bad. Building a case based on a series of Republican lies is just a repeat of the Bush Doctrine. If one consulate attack happens on a Democratic President's watch, that discredits him much more than the deaths of millions from two baseless wars. No thanks Matty, we'll try a peaceful avenue this time around.

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