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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY): First I would like to congratulate Speaker Boehner and Prime Minister Netanyahu on a very impressive bit of political theater. Now the prime minister can go home to his campaign and say he lectured Congress and the American people on things that apparently we didn't know.
I think the speech validated all the reasons I said I was opposed to the speech. I expected the prime minister to speculate on and mischaracterize the negotiations and a potential deal. For instance, he continually said that the deal ends in a certain period of time and there are no restrictions, would be no restrictions on Iran's nuclear program after the case expired. That's not the case but again, that's part of the strategy that he used.
I resented the condescending tone that he used which basically indicated that he didn't think anybody in congress or the country understood the threat that a nuclear weaponized Iran poses to this country, to the region and to the world. I think the president has made it very clear we understand that threat. I don't think that there's any doubt that everyone in Congress and the administration understands that Iran has been a bad actor in the region, that it's sponsored terrorism, that it has done things that we would like to see changed.
We all know that.
It's nice of him to remind us.
And I also resent the fact that he was telling us how to negotiate when the administration and their representatives have been at this for two years now with the cooperation, participation of five other major nations in the world. This speech was straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook. It was fearmongerring at its ultimate. Phrases like essentially saying nuclear war is inevitable if this deal were to be accepted, phrases like this would pave the way to Iran having a nuclear bomb, these are things that I think are, again, part of what Dick Cheney would have done and did. This has been the Prime Minister's pattern. He's gone to the U.N. and done the same thing.
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