The co-author of Congress’ toughest Iran sanctions legislation ripped the administration for the Iran deal, adding Obama’s middle name and alleging a political prosecution of his sanctions co-sponsor, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).
As reported by BuzzFeed, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) told WRKO’s Financial Exchange radio program yesterday that “tens of thousands of people in the Middle East are gonna lose their lives because of this decision by Barack Hussein Obama.”
“This agreement condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf,” Kirk said. “It condemns our Israel allies to further conflict with Iran.”
…“This is the greatest appeasement since Chamberlain gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler,” Kirk continued, saying he believed Obama only went through with the deal because he has a poor understanding of history and did not realize appeasement made war more likely. Kirk said he thought the deal meant that Israel would now have to take “military action against Iran.”
…“The president will make this a viciously partisan issue, leading most Democrats to standing with the Iranians and hopefully losing the next election on this point,” Kirk said. “He will ask the Democrats all to stand with Iran and make sure that we can’t get two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate.”
Asked if any Democrats disagreed with the president, Kirk pointed to New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez, who he believed “has just been indicted maybe on the crime of being against the Iran deal.”
…“Under the Bob Corker legislation that recently passed Congress can do a resolution of disapproval and the president can veto it. The only reason that the president supported Corker legislation is because it allows him to get what he wants on Iran which is to get nukes to Iran.”
Kirk is a top target of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as he runs for re-election in 2016.
In a statement yesterday, Kirk said the Vienna agreement “will pave Iran’s path to nuclear weapons because it requires Iran to take temporary and reversible steps that keep it at the threshold of acquiring nuclear weapons, and will allow Iran to obstruct and veto inspections at suspect nuclear facilities instead of imposing zero-notice nuclear inspections anytime and at any place in Iran, including military sites.”