A lot has been said and written about this week’s presidential debate hosted by CNN. Many people have focused on exchanges between Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump, or between Rand Paul and The Donald, and between Chris Christie and the two “outsiders.” Of course there was also the confrontation between Trump and Jeb Bush. Great: all good, interesting exchanges.
One exchange that hasn’t nearly received the attention it deserves though, is a debate between Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The subject: the nuclear deal with Iran.
This deal is perhaps the most horrific deal ever made with any authoritarian regime, but Kasich stood on the podium and defended it nonetheless. He admitted that it’s likely that the mad ayatollahs don’t keep their part of the agreement, but that didn’t matter much to him; he believes it’s much more important to get “the international community” (whatever that may be) to support any action the United States takes. If that means that there first has to be an agreement with the terrorism-supporting radical thugs in Tehran, so be it.
Let me make clear, let me make clear, if we think they get close to developing a nuclear weapon and we get that information, you better believe that I would do everything in my power as the Commander-in-Chief to stop them having a nuclear weapon.
Of course, the problem with that is that it’ll be too little, too late. When that happens, Iran will have material already to produce a bomb in little to no time — faster than anyone can act. It’s the North Korean nuclear story all over again.
Ted Cruz responded masterfully to Kasich’s horrendous arguments in favor of Obama’s disastrous deal. Here’s the video:
There is no more important topic in 2016 than this topic right here. And I’ve listened to several folks saying ‘Well gosh, if they cheat, we’ll act.’ We won’t know. Under this agreement there are several facilities they designate as military facilities that are off-limit altogether. Beyond that, the other facilities, we give them 24 days notice before inspecting them. That is designed to allow them to hide the evidence and, most astonishingly, this agreement trusts the Iranians to inspect themselves.
That makes no sense whatsoever.
It once again proves that executive experience is tremendously overrated. Knowledge, understanding, wisdom and principles are far more important qualities in a future president. This exchange proved that Kasich lacks them all.