What’s going on, or the consequences of “smart diplomacy”

The Democrats’ reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Address to Joint Meeting of Congress (you can watch the speech in full at the link) offers a rare opportunity to highlight the disconnect between the Democrats-and-the-media (but I repeat myself, as Pete says) talking points and the consequence of a policy where the U.S. abdicates its position as leader of the free world.

Netanyahu’s brilliantly crafted speech was of sobering clarity

According to the deal, not a single nuclear facility would be demolished. Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed.

Because Iran’s nuclear program would be left largely intact, Iran’s break-out time would be very short — about a year by U.S. assessment, even shorter by Israel’s.

And if — if Iran’s work on advanced centrifuges, faster and faster centrifuges, is not stopped, that break-out time could still be shorter, a lot shorter.

Mark Steyn looks at the consequences of a weak U.S. policy:

Netanyahu was especially strong on the mullahs’ expansionism. He pointed out that Iran now controls four regional capitals – Damascus, Beirut, Baghdad and Sana’a. The P5+1 negotiatiors talk about Iran “re-joining the community of nations”. Au contraire, a not insignificant number of the community of nations have joined Iran. How many more capitals would a nuclear Teheran be exercising control of?

Reality trumps talking points, no matter how the Democrats-and-the-media try to reframe it.

Elsewhere in the world, As U.S. Light Dims, A Season Of Assassins; not just the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but also,

In Cuba, Lady In White leader Laura Pollan and top democracy campaigner Oswaldo Paya were almost certainly murdered by Cuban state agents. Pollan was the victim in 2011 of a mysterious illness, while Paya died in 2012 after repeated crashes with strange cars on lonely roads.

Castro paid no penalty for these crimes. Today he’s in talks with the U.S. for full diplomatic relations and a lifting of the U.S. trade embargo. On Monday, Paris Hilton posted exuberant photos of herself whooping it up tourist-style with the elites in Havana.
In Venezuela, top opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma were both hauled away by state agents to dungeons on trumped-up charges without trial. Again, Venezuela suffered no sanctions, only some verbal handwringing by the State Department.

In Argentina, meanwhile, state prosecutor Alberto Nisman was gunned down dirty-war style in his apartment a few hours before he was to charge the government with complicity with Iran. It was an act that clearly benefited the regime of Cristina Kirchner.
The U.S. response has been to merely urge Argentina’s government to get to the bottom of it, while looking away from the probability that the Argentine government is implicated.

While Nancy Pelosi decries with crocodile tears Netanyahu’s speech as an “insult to the intelligence of the United States“, each successive brazen act from our enemies, and the lame response it draws from the United States, determines an administration more worried about talking points – such as “smart diplomacy” – than about matters of substance.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.