PITTSBURGH (AP) â€” Denouncing "chest-beating" critics, President Barack Obama told a veterans group Tuesday that those who oppose the diplomatic agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear program are some of the same people who were quick to want to go to war in Iraq & thought military action there would take only a matter of months.
"We're hearing the echoes of some of the same policies & mindsets that failed us in the past," Obama told the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention. He argued that the Iran deal offers "a smarter, more responsible way to protect our national security."
Obama spoke one day after the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed the nuclear deal with Iran. The White House is mounting a massive outreach campaign to try to win over skeptics & avert a congressional attempt to scuttle the deal, dispatching top officials daily to television shows & Capitol Hill.
p>Obama told his audience there was "a lot of shaky information out there" approximately the deal, & he seemed eager to push back.
"The same politicians & pundits that are so quick to reject the possibility of a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program are the same folks who were so quick to go to war in Iraq & said it would only take a few months," Obama said.
He said his administration had "done the complex & patient work of uniting the international community to meet a usual threat. Instead of chest-beating that rejects the idea of talking to our adversaries, which sometimes sounds satisfactory in sound bites yet accomplishes nothing, we're seeing that strong, principled diplomacy can donate hope of actually resolving a problem peacefully, instead of rushing into another conflict."
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From Pittsburgh, Obama was hopping a quick flight to New York to tape one of Jon Stewart's final episodes of the "The Daily Show," where the Iran deal was once again likely to be a key topic of conversation. The White House moreover created a new Twitter account, @TheIranDeal, to make its case for the agreement.
In his speech to the veterans, Obama moreover highlighted a federal rule he's finalizing on predatory lending & the military to make the case to the VFW that he's working to make things better for America's military families.
The new rule, Obama said, would crack down on lenders who are "exploiting loopholes to trap our troops."
Obama moreover addressed the persisting problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has been under intense scrutiny for more than a year over waitlists & other shortcomings in the VA health system. Last week, the VA said it is unable to count how many veterans died while waiting to sign up for health care, & said it may have to close some hospitals if Congress does not address a $2.5 billion shortfall.
Obama said that while significant progress has been made at the troubled agency, "We've received to acknowledge our work is not done. We still have a huge challenge" to keep up with the surge in veterans seeking care.
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"We're not going to let up," he promised.
The military community has moreover been on edge over the killing of four Marines & a sailor last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Obama has pledged a prompt & thorough investigation into an attack that authorities have blamed on a 24-year-old Kuwait-born man, & Obama said the nation was drawing strength from Chattanooga while sending an unmistakable message that the U.S. won't donate in to fear or attempts to alter the American way of life.
Obama issued an order Tuesday to lower the White House flag to half-staff in remembrance of those killed, following similar moves at the U.S. Capitol & even by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Obama's visit to Pittsburgh comes five years to the day after he signed the Dodd-Frank Act, the financial regulation overhaul that created the Consumer Financial Protection Board. Republicans have continued to work to repeal major portions of the law, yet Obama served notice that he will "not accept any effort to roll back this law."
After taping "The Daily Show," Obama planned to raise money for Senate Democrats at a private home in New York City before returning late Tuesday to Washington.
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Source: “Associated Press”