Barack Obama sa mandag at de som er mot Iran-avtalen argumenterer på samme måte som de som gikk inn for krigen i Irak.

“Some of the same politicians and 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 and said it would take a few months,” he said. “We know the consequences of that choice, and what it cost us in blood and treasure. So I believe there’s a smarter, more responsible way to protect our national security.”

Obama vowed a vigorous effort to “make sure that people know the facts,” detailing some aspects of the deal while also offering a broader defense of his policy of engagement.

“Instead of chest-beating that rejects the idea of even talking to our adversaries, which sometimes sounds good in sound bites but accomplishes nothing, we’re seeing that strong and principled diplomacy can give hope of actually resolving a problem peacefully,” he said. “Instead of rushing into another conflict, I believe that sending our sons and daughters into harm’s way must always be a last resort, and that before we put their lives on the line we should exhaust every alternative.”

“That is what we owe our troops. That is strength, and American leadership,” he added.