The speech at the U.N. General Assembly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making the case against Iran, claiming they are only six months away from fully developing an atomic bomb, has been met with both ridicule and serious concerns.
Using a grade school style presentation with only a red marker and a cartoon-like diagram to depict how close Iran is to fully developing an atomic bomb, has drawn the attention of not only the mainstream media, but also the global die-hard social networking enthusiasts. Twitters from across the spectrum seized the moment with some of the following tweets;
- #Netanyahu’s bomb last seen in a Wile E. Coyote cartoon.
- Okay, it’s official: #Netanyahu has no idea what he’s doing. He has just turned a serious issue into a joke.
- With all the Jewish comic book talent out there, he had to draw a Wile E. Coyote bomb? #Netanyahu
- Netanyahu’s bomb cartoon is the Middle East equivalent of Clint Eastwood’s chair.
Although Prime Minister Netanyahu’s diagram may have been amusing to many, the issue is a serious foreign policy matter for the U.S. and the Obama administration. With just over a month before the elections, Netanyahu’s relentless pursuit in pressing the U.S. to draw a “red line” preventing Iran from completing its atomic bomb ambitions, provoked a defensive response by President Obama, that Israel will not pressure him into military engagement with Iran.
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The day after Netanyahu’s U.N. speech, in a written statement, Iran had retaliatory words of their own in response to Israel’s “red line” policy expressing; “The Islamic Republic of Iran is strong enough to defend itself and reserves its full right to retaliate with full force against any attack.” Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has consistently maintained that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes aimed at generating electricity and producing medical isotopes.
[ Related: Iran Responds To Netanyahu U.N. Speech: We Will Retaliate Against Attack ]
The Wile E. Coyote references to Netanyahu’s atomic bomb diagram could be considered an amusing temporary brake from just one of the serious realities which face the next U.S. administration; foreign policy on global nuclear armament.
If Prime Minister Netanyahu’s diagram is technically accurate, Iran’s atomic bomb would have exploded long ago — the fuse was lit.