Pete Hoekstra: Obama Using Iran as Distraction From Healthcare Mess

Friday, 08 Nov 2013 07:11 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan believes President Barack Obama is using the nuclear disarmament talks with Iran to mask the disastrous launch of the Affordable Care Act.

"Anytime a president is negotiating a foreign policy agreement with a country like Iran … and they're doing it when they are politically weak at home, you've got to be really, really nervous about it," Hoekstra, a Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"[The] bottom line is this president wants to do anything and everything he can to divert attention from the failures of Obamacare and try to sound like he's just pulled off a sweetheart deal with Iran.

"But … from everything we've heard, this is going to be a deal that's good for Iran and bad for everybody else."

Hoekstra said the Obama administration's foreign policy spells problems for both the United States and Israel.

"Take a look at what this president's foreign policy has done for the last three or four years: Embracing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and now standing aside as the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown and the military comes back," he said.

Hoekstra believes Iran is on the verge of achieving a capable and dangerous nuclear program.

"I'm actually kind of surprised they don't have one right now. If they really wanted to get one they could get one very, very quickly," he said.

"And to the rest of the world, to the rest of the world, once again America looks weak. When America looks weak, others are coming in to fill the vacuum.

"There's a reason why [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is in Egypt today. It's an opportunity to get Russia back into the Middle East. China is in the Middle East. They're in Northern Africa. America's losing its global respect and its global position each and every day because we have an ill-defined foreign policy."

He believes any deal between the United States and Iran may leave Israel in a precarious position.

"Israel, they've been holding back for months because they felt there was going to be a need to attack Iran to stop their nuclear program," Hoekstra said.

"They've bitten their tongue as this president has been involved in the Middle East and they've wanted to say some things critical of this president but being very restrained because they knew that, at some point, they were going to probably have to attack Iran and they were going to need America's support.

"They're now at the point where they recognize that this country is probably more than willing to accept Iran with a nuclear weapon and that if Israel decides to attack Iran to stop that from happening, there's a high probability this president will not support our friends."

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