In an Interview with the New York Times President Barack Obama praised the breakthrough on the Iran nuclear deal. The president continued as he pointed out the fact that Iran doesn’t have the strength or resources to fight the United States.
The presidents foreign policy has been the subject of harsh criticism from Republican members of Congress, and even world leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his stances of warming relations with Cuba, Myanmar, and Iran during his tenure in the Oval Office.
President Obama said “We are powerful enough to be able to test these propositions without putting ourselves at risk. And that’s the thing… people don’t seem to understand. You take a country like Cuba. For us to test the possibility that engagement leads to a better outcome of the Cuban people, there aren’t that many risks for us. It’s a tiny little country. It’s not one that threatens our core security interests, and so there’s no reason not to test the proposition. And if it turns out that it doesn’t lead to better outcomes, we can adjust our policies.”
He added “The same is true with respect to Iran, a larger country, a dangerous country, one that has engaged in activities that resulted in the death of U.S. citizens, but the truth of the matter is: Iran’s defense budget is $30bn, our defense budget is almost $600bn. Iran understands that they can’t fight us.”