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Monday, November 11, 2013

If Americans can't trust Obama, why should the world trust him on Iran's nuclear program? -- By Philip Klein, The Washington Examiner

Photo - President Obama's damaged credibility sends a signal to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who must contemplate military action against Iran if its nuclear program progresses and America fails to act. (AP File)As millions of Americans grapple with letters from their insurance companies notifying them that their policies have been cancelled despite President Obama's repeated promises over a five year period that it wouldn't happen, it's become clear that Americans have no reason to trust his word.

It also reinforces why there's no reason for the rest of the world to believe another famous pledge: "I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say."

Despite Secretary of State John Kerry playing footsie with Iranian officials in Geneva over the weekend, negotiations did not immediately yield an agreement on the nuclear issue.

But earlier, Kerry was touting a proposed agreement under which the West would agree to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for basically nothing -- a promised six-month freeze in nuclear development from a country that has repeatedly violated international agreements.

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after meeting Kerry:

"The deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge. But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years."

But Obama's damaged credibility, not just on health care but also on allowing Syria to cross his red line without taking forceful action, sends a signal to Netanyahu, who must contemplate military action against Iran if its nuclear program progresses and America fails to act.

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