I checked in with Sean Hannity on Fox News to share my thoughts on both the Iran "deal" and illegal immigration. You can see the full interview here.
Sean started by cross-cutting Barack Obama on Tuesday with Neville Chamberlain in 1938. But I thought that comparison was unfair to Chamberlain. He was an honorable man who loved his country and just happened to get the greatest issue of the day wrong. You can't say the same of Obama:
Steyn said he thinks what President Barack Obama did is "significantly worse" than what former British prime minister Neville Chamberlain did. He also stated that he doesn't think the president was negotiating on behalf of the United States.
"I think what happened at these talks is that he and the Iranians were in a sense negotiating together to anoint Iran as the regional power in the Middle East and to facilitate Iran's re-entry, the biggest planetary sponsor of terrorism, to facilitate its re-entry into the global community," Steyn said. "That's what Obama was there doing."
I think the nuclear issue was a mere pretext, a Hitchcockian McGuffin. Iran will be a nuclear state, and very soon. The joke inspections regime - under which Teheran can block any inspections for the best part of a month - will facilitate the nuclearization of Iran and prevent anyone who objects to it - such as Israel - from doing anything about it. That's a given.
But that's not what the talks were about. Obama's vision of the post-American Middle East sees Iran as the dominant power, and that's what the negotiations were there to finesse. As I said to Sean, Obama's belief that American power and influence has been bad for the world extends beyond America itself to America's allies. So on missile defense he takes the side of Russia over US allies like Poland and the Czech Republic; in the Falklands he takes the side of Argentina over the United Kingdom; and now in the Middle East he takes the side of Iran over the Sunni Arab monarchies and Israel.
This agreement will have bloody and brutal consequences.
~Sean and I also discussed the killing of Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant, assisted by his federal, state and local enablers. As Breitbart News reported:
The murderer of Kate Steinle is a career criminal who paid no price for his criminality. If you're a foreigner and you commit one little rinky-dink nothing little crime in America - in 1964, 1958, 1943 - they wouldn't let you set foot in this country again. There's like ancient hippies in Canada who possessed a couple of ounces of marijuana in 1964 and can't set foot in this country ever. My old boss Conrad Black, he used to run the Chicago Sun-Times, and a bunch of other newspapers. He committed a white collar crime no one can actually explain in the English language, and the Supreme Court threw out 19 of the 20 charges: he can't set foot in the United States. But a violent career criminal, federal, state, and local officials collude with to let him have the run of this country and prey on Americans. And that's why Donald Trump has resonance. Because what happened to Kate Steinle, anyone who reads the local newspaper and looks at whacky little hit-and=run accidents that appear in the paper on Monday morning, knows that these kind of crimes go on every weekend all over the map.
The full interview is here.
~The book Sean mentioned at the top of the segment is Climate Change: The Facts, which I'm honored to be a part of along with some of the world's most eminent scientists. It's selling briskly at Amazon, but you can also pick it up, personally autographed by yours truly, direct from the SteynOnline bookstore. And, if you need it in the next 90 seconds, it's out in eBook via Kindle, Nook at Barnes & Noble, or Kobo at Indigo-Chapters in Canada and around the world.
Speaking of which, if you like books of a climatological bent, you may find this of interest.
~On Wednesday morning I'll be starting the day with Toronto's Number One morning man, John Oakley, live on AM640 at 8.30am Eastern.