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Obama’s Stubbornness

A mind is a terrible thing to change.

Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13 • By FRED BARNES
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But last week he bucked China, thrusting the United States into a dispute over its claim to an “air defense identification zone” in the East China Sea. Two unarmed B-52s flew over the zone without notifying the Chinese, demonstrating the United States won’t accept the Chinese claim. It’s unclear if this represents a change in policy in Asia or a onetime rebuke.

Far more significant was the interim deal announced last week on Iran’s nuclear program, the culmination of years of Obama’s deference to Iranian leaders. We now know why he balked at aiding Syrian rebels and offering support to antiregime protesters in Iran: He was seeking full-blown negotiations to curb Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons. Obama brushed aside resistance to the one-sided deal—it favors Iran—by America’s two strongest allies in the Middle East, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

In his pursuit of Iran, one sees Obama’s stubbornness in action. The fact that Iranians were responsible for American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan didn’t dissuade him. Nor did Iran’s lies in denying the breadth of its nuclear program or its goal of building nuclear weapons. Nor did its unreliability as a negotiating partner.

Obama scoffs at the notion he’s “an ideological guy.” Only someone who thinks the more spent on food stamps, the better the economy could believe that.

Fred Barnes is an executive editor at The Weekly Standard.

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