CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 17, 2015 – According to the Wall Street Journal, there are considerably more than 100 instances where “Congress has flatly rejected international agreements signed by the executive branch.”
At least 130, in fact.
It is time to discuss some of the precedents of the United States.
In an article by law professor and former State Department attorney regarding nuclear affairs, Orde Kittrie cites more than 100 instances in which Congressional Research Service reports show that the Senate has permanently blocked treaties by refusing to vote on them.
President Barack Obama’s administration has warned that the nuclear arms deal with Iran is an “all or nothing proposition” and that failure to approve it will cause the U.S. to forgo its “credibility as a leader of diplomacy” as the “anchor of the international system.”
Obama’s rhetoric might have worked nearly seven years ago, but it rings hollow today. The president has “cried wolf” too often.
In an interview with Bill Hemmer on Fox News, former presidential envoy to Iraq, Ambassador Paul Bremer addressed the issue: “Credibility is the currency of national security policy, especially when you’re a great power, and we’ve lost a lot of credibility.”
Obama claims we will lose credibility while Bremer says we have already lost it.
As Kittrie points out, “the Senate insisted changes be made to two nuclear agreements negotiated with the Soviet Union” as recently as 1990. “These renegotiations succeeded despite the fact that the Soviet Union, with its nuclear-armed missiles pointed at U.S. cities, had far more leverage than Iran does now,” he added.
It appears there is overwhelming opposition from the American people to the “arrangement” negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and readily endorsed by the president. Despite that, Obama and Kerry continue to move ahead with their so-called diplomatic coup with little more than some typical shouting and noisy dissent from the largely Republican opposition, who are doing nothing to stop it.
Voters went to the polls in 2010 and again in 2014 and told Washington in no uncertain terms with their ballots that they do not like they way the government was governing. And still nothing has been done.
Is it any wonder then that Donald Trump is gaining in popularity? Rogue though he may be, he is striking at the core of what most Americans desire from their elected representatives and are not receiving.
Consider that an American president has just negotiated a deal that he claims is far better than the alternative, which returns billions of dollars back to Iran while, at the same time, enabling it to obtain nuclear weapons. Forget about the future time-frames; all the Obama administration has achieved is to light a longer fuse.
Meanwhile, the “Iranian mullahcracy,” as it is called by Pamela Geller, has admitted that it is currently holding more than 1,000 teachers in prison. Many observers believe the numbers are considerably larger.
In a statement by Mostafa Nasseri of the Iranian Ministry of Education, the prisoners are being held because they “have not paid up their loans or are broke.”
The teachers were arrested following protests regarding low pay and deplorable living conditions. Hence, the very people who are charged with the responsibility of educating youngsters and advancing Iranian culture, are themselves the victims of Iran’s criminal regime.
Nevertheless, Barack Obama and John Kerry have made diplomatic history by sitting down with the Islamists and “negotiating” rather than resorting to military action.
Not to worry, the military action will come much later. Patience is a virtue for jihadists. They have waited 14 centuries, what’s another decade or so before they lob their weapons into Israel and other infidel-infested places?
Even if Congress did act, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Mark Dubowitz, points out, “Obama can give most of the sanctions relief under the agreement through executive order.”
Don’t think for one second that the president will not execute that order if forced into it.
For the moment, the Iranian nuclear deal appears to be on the back burner, but it will move back to the front before long.
It was a busy weekend on the political merry-go-round and illegal immigration was the hot button issue as Donald Trump issued a serious proposal about how to deal with it.
When the time comes, the Iran question will once again come to the forefront, and more likely than not, if the multitude of Republican candidates continue to give lip service and white noise to Barack Obama’s wishes, Mr. Trump will once again add strength to his growing support from Americans who want somebody, anybody, to take a stand and do something rather than talk about it.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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