Krauthammer: 'Netanyahu Is Making Obama Explain the Iran Nuclear Deal'
In a powerful address to a joint meeting of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama administration not to make a proposed nuclear deal with Iran.
"This is a bad deal. It's a very bad deal. We're better off without it," Netanyahu said, adding that the answer is a "better deal," not a war with Iran.
He said under the parameters reported so far, the West would be making two major concessions and "pave Iran's path" to a nuclear bomb.
First, it would leave in place a "vast nuclear infrastructure," since it wouldn't require nuclear facilities to be destroyed -- some centrifuges would be allowed to keep running, while others would merely be disconnected, he said.
Second, Netanyahu warned against a "sunset clause," which he said would allow the restrictions to "automatically expire" in about a decade.
After the highly anticipated speech, Bret Baier got some reaction from Charles Krauthammer, A.B. Stoddard and Yochi Dreazen.
Krauthammer lauded the "extraordinary speech," explaining that Netanyahu laid out why the sunset clause would be "intolerable."
He said Netanyahu seemed to indicate that if it's taken out of the deal, he might be able to "live with" the agreement being signed.
"That's an interesting offering on their part," he said, pointing out that Netanyahu talked about Israel reserving the right to act alone against Iran if this deal goes through.
"He tried to show the world that he would have the support of the Congress if that happened. Because we know the administration has been discouraging that, arguing against it and in some ways sabotaging the very idea of an Israeli attack," he said.
Krauthammer said this speech's main achievement is that it makes President Obama "have to explain the deal before it's fait accompli."
Watch the panel's full analysis above, and hear much more, tonight at 6p ET on "Special Report."