Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) needled President Obama’s legacy description of ISIS with his criticism of the Iran deal announced today.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a J.V. team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said of ISIS in a January 2014 interview.
Today, joining a chorus of initial congressional disapproval coming from both sides of the aisle, Issa called Obama’s deal “a ‘junior varsity’ foreign policy grounded in childlike optimism, rather than clear-eyed realism.”
“No nation has ever abandoned its nuclear ambitions without first agreeing to actually abandon its nuclear ambitions,” Issa said in a statement. “The president’s deal with Iran falls dramatically short of that standard, failing even to obtain the vital ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections the White House promised would be a part of any final deal.”
“The crux of this deal rests on this president’s assumption that, despite decades of evidence to the contrary, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism is simply misunderstood and secretly desires the diplomacy it has long opposed more than it desires the nuclear arsenal it has doggedly pursued.”
Issa warned that “this deal puts our people at risk, leaves our most important allies in the Middle East in jeopardy, and will be to President Obama what ‘A Peace for Our Time’ was to Neville Chamberlain.”