Democrat Senator nails Obama on Iran acquiescence

Senator Bob Menendez (D) has publicly taken the Obama administration to task over its lack of direction on Iran's nuclear programme

Got 'em by the short and curlies
On 3 December 2011 16:12

Few videos need almost no introduction, but I'm tempted just to embed this one and leave it to you to digest the enormity of the situation.

By sparing seven minutes of your day, you'll see Democratic Senator Bob Menendez (New Jersey) tear apart Obama officials over the US Executive branch's lack of direction on the Iranian nuclear threat. And rightly so. The bill in question passed the Senate 100-0 and yet the Obama administration opposed it, having asked them to go through these motions.

As the Senator notes, when Europe is seemingly ahead of the United States on this issue, you know there has got to be a problem. The Obama administration is standing idly by as the 'clock ticks' on the weaponisation of the Iranian nuclear programme.

Now maybe Sen. Menendez is just being awfully shrewd (or perhaps I'm overly cynical). He has a re-election battle to fight in 2012 and being close to Obama right now doesn't seem like the smartest of game plans. Think of how British Labour parliamentary candidates felt about being pictured with Gordon Brown during the UK General Election of 2010. It might just be his undoing.

In railing against Obama on a matter of foreign affairs, Menendez not only does the cause justice, but may placate some centrists and independents who have watched with interest as Tea Party groups attempted to oust the Senator using Article 1, Paragraph 2(b) of the New Jersey Constitution. 

They failed of course, but recent polling data puts just a sliver of light between Menendez and his likely (undeclared) Republican adversary Thomas Kean Jr. (State Senator and Minority Leader of the New Jersey Senate).

Anyway, I've said too much already. Have a watch of the video for yourself and see if you agree.

I also recommend having a look at the Washington Post website for some excellent analysis from Jennifer Rubin.

Raheem Kassam is the Executive Editor for The Commentator and tweets at @RaheemJKassam

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