The nuclear deal with Iran is a full-fledged disaster.
The terms of the agreement are truly frightening, but they represent just the tip of the messy iceberg this process has become.
To address just one heinous term of the deal that should independently disqualify it, Iran will have up to 24 days to respond to a concern, or to provide access to an inspector, should cause arise. Kerry has been roundly criticized for leaving the table while this hideous element remains. In response, he has said that it may not be 24 days between the request and the inspection, but could be as few as three, or even less. However, anything fewer than 24 days requires the permission of Iran – which seems to me to ensure that any access will take at least 24 days. Again, this element, alone, makes the deal completely unacceptable.
The behavior of the Obama regime since the terms of the deal were agreed upon has exponentially intensified the toxicity of this deal. Before seeking congressional approval, the administration got a thumbs-up from the U.N. Security Council. The implication is that all of the other nation-states that were participating in economic sanctions against Iran have already accepted the terms of the deal and will withdraw sanctions in compliance. That just leaves us, and Kerry and other administration mouthpieces have been demogogueing that reality. According to Kerry et al., now that we stand alone, its we who will suffer consequences should we not support this deal. “If Congress rejects this, Iran goes back to its enrichment. The Ayatollah will not come back to the table … the sanctions regime completely falls apart.” He went on to say that, “We will have set ourselves back. I don’t know how I go out to another country if that happens and say: ‘Hey, you ought to negotiate with us,’ because they will say: ‘Well, you have 535 secretaries of state in the United States. We don’t know who we are negotiating with. Whatever deal we make always risks being overturned.'”
This kind of mentality is the norm for all who comprise the Obama regime. The lack of support for negotiating with the leading sponsor of worldwide terrorism in the legislative branch doesn’t cause the regime to refrain from such negotiations – it merely directs how they maneuver after completing them, and the U.S. Constitution, and the will of the people, be damned. Kerry has admitted that the administration never even considered negotiating a treaty, as they believed it would be impossible to get sufficient support in the Senate for ratification. This should sicken us all, as should the brinskmanship they’ve engaged in to extort Congress’ support for this debacle.
It’s not unreasonable – to the contrary, it’s entirely sensible – to say that negotiating with Iran is a very, very bad idea, especially given that the topic of discussion is so lethal; Iran continues to fund and export terrorism (much of which is directed towards the U.S. and our allies), they continue to call for death to Americans and Israelis, and they have demonstrably lied and cheated in the midst of every deal they have ever agreed to. Obama has stared into the eyes of the devil and found much there that he can work with, and that process has already done a good deal of damage that won’t be easily undone.
If we had an administration that held a shred of respect for the Constitution, the approval of Congress would have been sought first, and the rest of the world would have been instructed to await the conclusion of this process before making their conclusions. Sadly, this administration holds the Constitution in utter contempt, so it now falls on Congress to demonstrate their fidelity to the voices of their constituents, and to reason itself. Though the administration has purposely put them into an intensely uncomfortable position, doubling down on this dangerously misguided effort by offering their approval would only fully legitimize the Iranian nuclear program. If voting it down in the Senate means, as Kerry has threatened, that the Ayatollahs won’t negotiate with us again, so be it. It would not be an altogether bad thing if Iran and the rest of the world were reminded that, though we don’t have 535 secretaries of state, we are a representative republic and a nation of laws…if that is still indeed true.