Recently, despite Constitutional limitations that should restrict President Obama or any president from unilaterally making a deal with a foreign nation, he and his administration is moving ahead with cutting a deal with Iran. This, I believe, is a desperate attempt by our president to earn his Nobel Peace Prize.
Of course, as firey constitutional lawyer and talk show host Mark Levin aptly points out, the proper way for these negotiations to be conducted is under treaty negotiations. Any such proposed treaty would have to be ratified by the Senate. This is what the Founders intended when they delineated the powers of the president and congress on foreign affairs.
Instead, now it’s up to the Senate to effectively overrule the president’s executive action, his “deal” with the Iranian regime. While the President Obama may have calculated that his way is the best way to ensure that he gets his way, it is not how you uphold the rule of law as president.
The administration claims that they have a deal on the “framework” of an agreement with Iran to curtail its nuclear program. Essentially, the White House claims the existing sanctions, a strategic bargaining chip, will be lifted only when the Iranian regime has demonstrated good faith after the deal is finalized. For its part, the Iranian regime says there was no such agreement to show good faith, so they demand that the sanctions to be removed immediately upon consummating the deal.
Obviously, anyone with even a smattering of experience in negotiations can see that claiming any kind of deal has been reached is, at the very least, laughable.
Sadly, given that the stakes are so high, stopping Iran’s military from gaining nuclear weapons seems to be more and more a long shot under this bumbling administration. This should be the chief concern of Congress at the moment.
Even more tragic is the news today that the administration believes that it is “unrealistic” to insist that Iran stop its terrorists activities and severe it ties with terrorist organizations. This came on the heals of the Senate’s announcement of a bill that would require their approval of any such deal. The proposed bill itself is a sad commentary on the state of affairs in Washington D.C. these days given the previously mentioned constitutional provisions.
Nevertheless, here’s what the White House press secretary said according to a CNS report:
“Specifically incorporated into the Corker legislation is a provision that essentially makes the agreement contingent upon Iran renouncing terrorism,” he said. “Now, that’s an unrealistic suggestion because we’ve been very clear that this agreement is focused on preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and that it is not going to succeed in resolving the long list of concerns that we have with Iran’s behavior.”
What long list of concerns? This is absurd!
There should only be a short list of concerns, deal breakers if you will, which should be non-negotiable conditions to the U.S. not taking military action against the Iranian regime. I have my doubts that any such list exists within the administration since they have demonstrated such diplomatic ineptness as to reset the relationship with Russia without requiring them to do anything substantive before we fulfilled our end of the bargain. Since that embarassing diplomatic blunder, the reset deal has proven to be disastrous including emboldening Russia to exercise its imperialistic muscle toward the Ukraine.
Regardless, here are the short list of deal breakers that U.S. negotiators should be using with Iran, not this is likely to be done under this president.
- Iran shall immediately cease all nuclear activity deemed unnecessary for peaceful purposes by the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and promptly and fully cooperate with the U.N., on an indefinate bases, in allowing the U.N. to confirm its compliance including by means of regular and random inspections by the IAEA. (Trust but verify, anyone?)
- Iran shall immediately cease all human rights violations under the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights including it’s violation of the natural rights to freedom of speech, religion, and self-governance subject to the same verification provisions of #1 above.
- Iran shall immediately cease all terrorist activities and affiliations subject to the same verification provisions of #1 above.
Now, is that such a long list? Of course not. And if Iran wants U.S. sanctions lifted as well as the threat of the U.S. and her allies entering Iran to free its people from the grips of totalitarianism, then it should readily agree to each of these items.
I’m not at all confident that President Obama will walk away from his deal with the Iranian regime with anything more than an atta boy from his pacifist supporters who would unwittingly have us bargain away our bargaining power while the world slowly watches the U.S. lose it’s place as the strongest advocate for peace, justice, and prosperity for all.
As far as I’m concerned, the Presidential Election of 2016 can’t come soon enough.
— GCF —
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