President Barack Obama has just taken another giant step towards implementing his imperial presidency. The announcement in yesterday’s New York Times that he will seek an Iran deal “that will avoid Congress” reveals his utter contempt for the American people. Moreover, it shows us that what clearly will be a very, very bad deal is one he hopes to portray as proof that he has brought stability to the Middle East, and that just as he had argued, Iran has shown that it is cooperative and that under its “moderate” leadership, has proved that it wants peace and can be a partner of the United States.
As the Times story by David E. Sanger puts it, “President Obama will to everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it.” He will do it by a sleight of the hand semantic trick. It involves removing sanctions on Iran without Congressional approval, which a Treasury Department secret study evidently argues that he can do so. By calling it simply an agreement and not a treaty, Obama thinks he can accept a bad deal and legally not have to obtain a two-thirds vote of the Senate. The reason he wants to do this is obvious—even if the Democrats control the Senate, he would not get enough votes he needs for a treaty to pass.
We have known for a long time that the Obama administration has clearly decided that Iran can have a bomb and still act responsibly, despite its proven support of international terrorism and its promise to destroy Israel. In the mind of the Administration’s so-called “realists,” letting Iran have a bomb will make it an equal player among the world’s nuclear powers, and then, the old doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (appropriately dubbed MAD) will be honored by the Ayatollahs, just as the old Soviet Union worked with its main antagonist, the United States, to carry on its conflict without using the atomic weapons they possessed.
Of course, the apparatchiks of the Kremlin subscribed to the materialist Marxist-Leninist theory. Unlike the religious zealotry of the commissars, the Mullahs subscribe to a reading of Islam that demands the eventual triumph of the Caliphate that will make Iran a leading world power from which perch Sharia law will be the law of the land wherever its attains hegemony.
A solid argument warning against the deal was made by Dennis Ross, Eric Edelman and Ray Takeyh in The Washington Post some time ago. The three former policy makers note the following:
The ebbs and flows of the war on terrorism should not be allowed to conceal the fact that the theocratic Iranian regime and its attempt to upend the regional order remains the United States’ most consequential long-term challenge in the Middle East.
The Islamic republic is not a normal nation-state seeking to realize its legitimate interests but an ideological entity mired in manufactured conspiracies. A persistent theme of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s speeches is that the United States is a declining power whose domestic sources of strength are fast eroding. In today’s disorderly region, Iran sees a unique opportunity to project its influence and undermine the United States and its system of alliances.
To date, the President has looked the other way at such advice from those who have long been involved in Middle East affairs. Now, at least, we have bi-partisan opposition to the kind of deal Obama wants to accept. Sen. Mark Kirk (R, Illinois) has said “Congress will not permit the president to unilaterally unravel Iran sanctions that passed the Senate in a 99 to 0 vote.” And Senator Robert Menendez, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, (N,J, Democrat) has boldly stated:
If a potential deal does not substantially and effective dismantle Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program, I expect Congress will respond. An agreement cannot allow Iran to be a threshold nuclear state.
Obama’s dangerous foreign policy has thus achieved the impossible: uniting Democrats and Republicans in the Senate who are intent on forcing the President’s hand, and stopping him from putting through a deal that depends largely on Iran’s good word, which as we all know, does not amount to much.