On his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Wednesday, host and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro blasted former President Barack Obama and his administration for the “lie that we were sold” about the possibility of “moderates in Iran” working with the United States to stop development of nuclear weapons.
“The lie that we were sold by the Obama administration is that there were a bunch of moderates in Iran,” stated Ben Shapiro. “And if we could just reach out to those moderates in the Iranian administration, and if we could give them something – like money, if we could just give them money – then maybe they would be emboldened to make friends with us. Maybe they would become friendly. Maybe they would stop everything they’ve been doing with this nuclear program. And this is the lie that the Obama administration sold.”
Ben Shapiro’s comments came after President Donald J. Trump, yesterday, announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the “disastrous” so-called “Iran Nuclear Deal,” calling the “many billions of dollars” given to the Iranian regime as part of the deal “a great embarrassment to me as a citizen and to all citizens of the United States,” according to CNSNews.com.
Former President Barack Obama responded to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal in a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday, suggesting that the “JCPOA is working” and that the “JCPOA is in America’s interest” and is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish.”
Below is a transcript of Ben Shapiro’s remarks from his Facebook Live podcast on Wednesday:
Ben Shapiro: “So Iran has been, they built up their military, I believe, 40 percent since the Iran deal, all despite a massive decline in their economy – all of which goes to show that these were not a bunch of moderates.
“The lie that we were sold by the Obama administration is that there were a bunch of moderates in Iran. And if we could just reach out to those moderates in the Iranian administration, and if we could give them something – like money, if we could just give them money – then maybe they would be emboldened to make friends with us. Maybe they would become friendly. Maybe they would stop everything they’ve been doing with this nuclear program. And this is the lie that the Obama administration sold.
“And it was a lie. Ben Rhoades admitted as much. He admitted there are no moderates in the Iranian administration. Hassan Rouhani is not a moderate. And the fact that the Obama administration lied about it allowed the deal to go through.
“Well, Obama told a bunch of lies about this yesterday. He was very upset because his single foreign policy achievement, really his only foreign policy achievement was this Iran deal.
“And here is what he said. He said, ‘The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA [– that’s the Joint Coalition agreement –] is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program.’
“It has not significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. All it has done is put it on hold briefly, while Iran takes all of that money and builds up all of their other capabilities. Obama made sure that the Iran deal did not include restrictions on funding of terrorism or development of ballistic missile technology. Those are the two technologies that, when hooked up to the bomb – boom – you have a nuclear weapon, and at least two delivery mechanisms: ballistic missiles and terrorist groups funded by Iran.
“Obama then added that some of the countries of Europe have signed on to the deal in the belief that the Iranians can be trusted. ‘Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated.’
“Okay, first of all, no one liked the deal when it was signed. The polls showed American did not like the Iran deal when it was signed. He could not get a majority of Congress to approve his deal. This was not a treaty because he could not get 60 senators to approve of the JCPOA.
“As for the notion that the Iran deal’s abandonment ‘turns our back’ on American allies, that’s kinda weird because it seems like all of our allies in the region, the actual allies in the region are pretty excited that we’re walking away from the deal. Here, for example, is Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel. Here was his response to the announcement.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Israel fully supports President Trump’s bold decision today to reject the disastrous nuclear deal with the terrorist regime in Tehran. Israel has opposed the nuclear deal from the start because we said that rather than blocking Iran’s path to a bomb, the deal actually paves Iran’s path to an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs, and this within a few year’s time.
Ben Shapiro: “Okay? And this, of course, is exactly true.
“By the way, it’s not just Israel who supports Trump’s move here. Saudi Arabia supports Trump’s move here; the U.A.E. supports Trump’s move here; Egypt will support Trump’s move here; Jordan will support Trump’s move here.
“Obama built an anti-Iranian alliance because he was so pro-Iran. This is the unintended consequence of Obama’s foreign policy. From 2007 on Obama was pursuing a foreign policy, he wanted a foreign policy that made Iran a regional power. This caused Saudi Arabia and Egypt and Jordan to look at Israel and say, ‘We might need to make common cause with the Jews in order to fight off the Iranians.’ And that’s exactly what has happened.
“Okay? Obama’s still out there defending the deal, of course. He says the agreement was ‘an agreement between my Administration and the Iranian government,’ and look at all these other countries who are mad. Well, how about the fact that this was an agreement that was not approve by Congress in the first place. Again, a treaty must be approved by two-thirds of the Senate. Okay? It is not something that can be done just because the president of the United States signs a piece of paper, which is the reason Trump could simply come out and rip up the piece of paper in the first place.
“Okay? Obama also argued that the JCPOA had worked in ‘rolling back Iran’s nuclear program.’ That is not true in the slightest.
“David Albright is the President and Founder of the Institute for Science and International Security. He told Bloomberg, after Israeli intelligence retrieved a warehouse full of documents related to Iranian nuclear program, ‘The most significant things is that this is a warehouse collection intended to be used later for reconstitution. They could have destroyed these documents. But these were being carefully protected and hidden with the intention to reuse them when they launch their weapons program.’ In other words, Iran is already looking at the possibility of ramping up their nuclear program.
“And as soon as this deal was killed, as soon as Trump said the deal was over, the Iranians immediately responded by suggesting that they were going to restart their nuclear program and also fund more terrorism.
“So, that sort of gives the lie to the idea that these were a bunch of moderates who had been emboldened by Trump. If they were really moderates, if they were really moderates, then what you would have expected is that Trump kills the deal, and they say, ‘Oh, well, that’s really terrible, you know. I really think that we should get rid of our nuclear program anyway because we’re moderate. Let’s reach out to the Obama administration, let’s reach out to the Trump administration, rather, and let’s try to cut a new deal with the Trump administration.’ Instead, they said, ‘Nope. You know what? We’re going to ramp that nuclear program right back up.’