While much of the political world has been consumed in the idiocy of Donald Trump, a historic nuclear deal with Iran was reached that barely registered as a blip on most people’s radars.
If you’ve followed politics at all the last few years you know exactly how this went: President Obama did something historic that many people, including most of our major allies, are calling something positive – and Republicans are acting as if it’s going to lead to the end of the world.
Like most things Republican, basically everything they’re saying is just fear-mongering propaganda with almost no substance behind any of it. They’ll continually call this deal a “bad deal”… yet most of them (if any) haven’t even read the damn thing. Heck, they can’t even offer specifics as to why the deal is “bad” or what they would have done to make it better. They’re literally just going out there and repeating, “This is a bad deal and ensures Iran gets a nuclear weapon.”
Even though that’s the same crap they’ve been saying for decades.
Well, Jon Stewart tore into Republicans for doing what they always do by playing partisan politics with very important issues without knowing what the hell it is that they’re talking about.
“You didn’t even read the deal?” Stewart said of Sen. Lindsey Graham admitting he hadn’t read the bill. “Basically, you’re treating this critical international accord like some kind of bizarro iTunes user agreement.”
Later on he went after various Republicans predicting some sort of apocalyptic nuclear end of days scenario as a direct result of this deal – in 10 to 15 years.
“With the way the world is going? F*ck,” Stewart mocked. “A nuclear Iran’s gonna be the least of our problems in 10 or 15 years. Iranian nukes will be a break from swimming through our climate change-flooded cities fighting Ebola zombies with our teeth ’cause we can’t hold guns thanks to our iPhone-shaped hand tumors. That’s what’s gonna be a treat.”
While that’s funny, the real joke is that many Republicans, and their favorite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have been claiming Iran is on the brink of a nuclear weapon for decades. Hell, in the early 90’s Netanyahu claimed Iran would have a bomb by 1999. Well, 16 years later – he’s now claiming they’re 10-15 years away from having one. For the mathematically challenged, that’s just over 30 years of being completely wrong.
Not only that, but Stewart played a 2012 clip of Netanyahu warning that Iran was just a few weeks or months away from creating a bomb. Again, nothing but fear-mongering and propaganda.
While I’m sure the deal isn’t perfect, nor was it ever going to be, the Republican rhetoric against it reeks of nothing more than their usual “let’s oppose anything President Obama does” rather than legitimate concern over whether or not the deal actually accomplishes what President Obama and many of our closest allies claim it will.
At the end of the day, the goal of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon should be based upon realities rather than petty partisan politics.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: