At the White House, President Obama Tuesday dismissed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress as a repetition of previous arguments that failed to add anything new.
Obama told reporters he hadn’t bothered to watch Netanyahu’s speech, but . . .
I did have a chance to take a look at the transcript, and as far as I can tell there was nothing new . . . On the core issue, which is how do we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, which would make it far more dangerous and would give it scope for even greater action in the region, the prime minister didn’t offer any viable alternatives.
Obama said that whatever deal he ends up striking with Iran, it will be better than the military option:
The bottom line is this: we don’t yet have a deal. It may be that Iran cannot say yes to a good deal. I have repeatedly said that I would rather have no deal than a bad deal, but if we are successful in negotiating, then in fact this will be the best deal possible to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Nothing else comes close. Sanctions won’t do it. Military action would not be as successful as the deal that we have put forward.
Netanyahu, in his speech, indicated Israel would go the military route, alone if necessary, if it thinks Obama has negotiated a bad deal, which is where Netanyahu said things are headed.