Trump Spends Huge Chunk Of First Post-Iran Attack Address Assailing President Obama
The President’s uncharacteristically brief address to the American public was, well, strange. Strange, mainly because he spent a huge chunk of his entire time blaming President Obama for everything that’s going on with Iran right now. As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has taken to doing. The entire mess we’re now in with Iran. All because of Obama and his Iran nuclear deal. And none of it because Trump ripped that deal up.
If you don’t believe us, you can watch it by clicking on the photo below. Trump’s whole address is around 10 minutes long. Minutes 5–8 focus on Obama. (That’s more time than he takes to explain why he killed Iran’s top military commander, Qassem Soleimani).
And in his speech, the President speaks of Iran in terms normally reserved for North Korea:
“We want you to have a future and a great future — one that you deserve, one of prosperity at home, and harmony with the nations of the world.”
And he suggests Iran and the U.S. could even team up on the destruction of ISIS “and other shared priorities”.
The President says he’s going to ask NATO to become much more involved in the Middle East process. But doesn’t say how. And immediately segues into boasting how much money he’s spent on the U.S. military and how much more powerful he’s made it. (As we’ve suggested, Trump’s actions in Iran are likely to weaken NATO, because why would Germany, France, and the U.K. step in on Trump’s side, especially after he screwed them over by ripping up the Iran-nuclear deal)?
Trump urges those remaining co-signers of the Iran nuclear agreement: Germany, France, the U.K., Russia and China to totally give up on it and support his framework for approaching Iran. However, he offers no information about that either beyond “Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism”. Which is part of what those former partner nations thought they were doing when they hammered out the nuclear deal in the first place, only to have Trump abandon it. (Pretty extraordinary to get Russia AND China AND Europe AND the U.S. signed on to anything.)
Then Trump boasts:
“We are now the number-one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. We are independent, and we do not need Middle East oil.”
Only here he fails to mention that originally happened during President Obama’s time in office, and instead takes the credit for himself. We won’t go too far into this today, but there are a whole bunch of problems with his assertion anyway. Because first of all, the U.S. still imports a lot of oil, a lot of it from the Mideast. And secondly, there’s no such thing as a non-global oil market. Even if the U.S. produces all its oil, if there’s a massive shortage elsewhere in the world, prices will soar in the U.S. too. That’s because if U.S. producers can get more money for their oil somewhere other than the U.S., they will. So a lot of what Trump’s got to say about that is a delusional isolationist myth of his own devising.
Now that we’ve done that, let’s say what Trump blames Obama for vis-a-vis Iran is partly valid. Even if Obama didn’t “give” Iran money as Trump always portrays it, just unfroze money that was already theirs, as part of the deal. And how Iran spent it, maybe we don’t know. Still, while we trust Trump’s primary purpose was to blast Iran, not Obama, he seems really hung up on doing both.
Heck, this is Trump’s first time talking to the public after he killed a top guy behind many of Iran’s aggressive, bloody attacks, mobilized U.S. forces, and got shot back at by Iran. He took nearly 30% of your time griping about Obama. Why still so darn obsessed?