I can’t say for certain whether the Republican strategy of warning Iran, individually, that Congress has the power to override whatever deal the President thinks he’s striking in Iran, is a winning one. My confidence in the Republican leadership to follow through on the threat of having a backbone has been eroded, and while I understand the need to do something before this all really goes off the rails, this might have been too much, too soon.
That said, it’s really gotten under Barack Obama’s skin, so perhaps, this will all be worth it, somehow. The only response the President has had to the letter, signed by 47 Congressmen, warning that the Iranian nuclear arms deal isn’t final until Congress approves it, was to imply the Republicans were siding with “Iranian hardliners” even though no one in Iran is exactly liberal on their approach to regional miliary strategy, unless you consider the guys who call America the “Western Devil” as opposed to the “Great Satan” progressive. And while the letter has spurred on conversation over what, exactly, America is doing – or hopes to do – over there, the White House has been reticent to turn over any details of their ongoing negotiations. In fact, President Obama clearly stated yesterday that no one is going to see this miraculous deal they’ve struck with the Mullahs until it’s good and done.
A member of the press asked Obama, “Can you comment on the Republican letter to Iran? Can you comment on that?”
“I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran. It’s an unusual coalition,” Obama told the reporter.
“I think what we’re going to focus on right now is actually seeing whether we can get a deal or not. And once we do — if we do — then we’ll be able to make the case to the American people, and I’m confident we’ll be able to implement it.”
Obviously, given that Iran would just as soon turn Israel, the land that surrounds it, and, perhaps, most of Western Europe, into a sea of green glass, the administration should have considered making the case to the American people before they decided to enter into negotiations over whether Iran can capably manufacture an atomic bomb. I feel like that should have been a conversation. I mean, I kind of like Israel and Western Europe. And while I’m all for environmentalism, as is the Obama State Department, I tend to believe that nuclear fallout would have a massive, man-made impact on global climate.
Obviously, Obama sees this Iran deal as a last ditch effort at creating a lasting legacy for his Presidency. Many have tried to talk sense into Iran; very few have kept their head on their shoulders, literally. But, the White House seems to be 100% convinced that the only reason that no one’s succeeded in curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions and providing their murderous administration with “clean energy”-producing nuclear centrifuges that they will, indeed, use to lead the way on curbing greenhouse emissions in the region, is because no one has been nice enough to them yet. I’d like to say that I’d like to see them red in the face when they realize the Mullahs are constructing a very elaborate Whoopie Cushion of a deal, but I’m not sure I’m prepared to survive the ensuing apocalpyse.