Speaking at the United Nations on the subject of Iranian nuclear ambitions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu altered Ronald Reagan’s famous statement on Soviet militarism, “trust but verify.” Instead, Netanyahu said, the world should “distrust, dismantle, and verify.” He stated:
We all want to give diplomacy with Iran a chance to succeed, but when it comes to Iran, the greater the pressure, the greater the chance. Three decades ago, President Ronald Reagan famously advised, ‘trust but verify.’ When it comes to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, here’s my advice: Distrust, dismantle and verify.
That is a far cry from President Obama’s recent use of the “trust, but verify” formulation to justify his negotiations with the Bashar Assad regime in Syria with regard to disarming them of weapons of mass destruction.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).