This is terrifying. Benjamin Netanyahu is a far right crackpot who has done his best to drive Israel away from democracy. Israeli police said that the Prime Minister should be indicted, and in response, he has resulted to the same fallback of every desperate ruler ever: beating the drums of war. We are good. They are bad. That is the drama surrounding the Iran deal right now, and Netanyahu is playing a dangerous game. But don’t take it from me, take it from a few nuclear weapon experts debunking the Israeli Prime Minister’s assertion that Iran has lied about its compliance with the Iran deal.
First up, Michael Ellman, Senior Fellow for Missile Defense at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He provided us with visual proof of this presentation’s absolute bunkness. The bombs highlighted by Bibi Netanyahu’s own presentation don’t fit in the post-2004 design of the nosecone.
Per Netanyahu's logic, we have nothing to worry about. That bomb that concerns him only fits in a certain type of missile that the Iranians discontinued in 2004.
Next up, Joshua H. Pollack, Editor of the Nonproliferation Review (a journal concerned with the spread of nuclear and biological weapons). He gave us documentation proving that nothing Netanyahu touched on was new knowledge.
Ali Vaez is the Director of the International Crisis Group's Iran project, and he accused Israel of hacking the International Atomic Energy Agency as the best explanation for the “new” information unearthed by this sham of a presentation.
And if that isn't enough expertise to convince you, Donald Trump's own Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, said to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the Iran deal creates conditions which make it extremely difficult to lie like Netanyahu says they have.
“I will say it is written almost with an assumption that Iran would try to cheat. So the verification, what is in there, is actually pretty robust as far as our intrusive ability to get in.”
If that's still not enough, and you're the kind of person who believes that Republican politicians are where “fake news” starts becoming “real news,” then let me present to you the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
If this episode has your Iraq War spidey senses tingling, don't panic, they're working correctly. This is a serious alert. Doofuses with absolutely no plan past “contain Iran” are trying to march us into yet another intractable war in the Middle East. We're already effectively fighting Iran through our proxy war in Yemen (that has led to us committing a litany of war crimes on the Yemeni people), so there's no need to open up another front in an already unnecessary war. Ultimately, the only proof that you need that Netanyahu is completely full of it is that the same morons who sold us the Iraq War bought Bibi's slideshow hook, line and sinker.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.