August 05, 2015

Obama channels JFK to pitch Iran deal

Source: Politico

Journalist: Michael Crowley

As he defends his nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama is honing a larger vision of foreign policy — one in which military power alone can’t achieve the most important objectives, America is strongest when leading an international coalition, and even an imperfect agreement with a sworn enemy can be progress, not capitulation.

Now, in a speech Wednesday at American University drawing on Cold War history — namely, a 1963 address by John F. Kennedy proposing new dialogue with the Soviet Union — Obama will try to reframe the Iran debate around the grander worldview underlying his new dialogue with Tehran and Cuba.

 “You don’t enter into these kinds of agreements with your friends. You have to resolve these kinds of differences with your adversaries,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.
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  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expe...