World 28 September 2012 Binyamin Netanyahu, Iran, and the cartoon bomb The US has a long history of terrible visual aids. Print HTML Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave a speech to the UN last night in which he called on the collected member states to set a "clear, red line" beyond which Iran could not take its supposed ambitions to make a nuclear bomb. The premier illustrated his remarks by drawing a red line on a cartoon bomb with a permanent marker. Binyamin Netanyahu demonstrates where the international community should draw a red line. Photograph: Getty Imagess The line should, he said, be drawn at 90 per cent of the way to bomb creation, a point which he believed Iran would reach in "next spring, at most by next summer." Binyamin Netanyahu draws a red line. Photograph: Getty Images Binyamin Netanyahu, after drawing said red line, glares at assembled delegates. Photograph: Getty Images In making creative use of props, Netanyahu is merely joining in with the political culture in the United States, where the UN building is based. Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, for instance, famously gave an entire budget response based around the metaphor of slaying the "debt and deficit dragon": In 2006, Senator Debbie Stabenow experienced what Politico called "self-immolation by poster" when she spoke with a sign that appeared to declare that she was "Dangerously Incompetent": And when fighting President Obama's healthcare plan, the House Republicans used an anti-visual-aid when John Boehner appeared with a flowchart that made the reform look dangerously, incomprehensibly complex: › Quote of the day Binyamin Netanyahu and an Acme brand bomb. Photograph: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe More Related articles Clinton vs Trump: How does the electoral college work? 5 times Hillary Clinton completely owned Donald Trump US presidential debate: Hillary Clinton might have triumphed over Donald Trump but does it really matter?