The House and Senate are virtually certain to reject the Obama Administration’s recently-penned international diplomatic agreement with Iran. Apparently, they’ll stoop to any measure in order to stop it, including lying about it. After all, it’s something initiated by Obama, so it must be evil. Anything he favors must be stopped dead in its tracks. Expect severe constraints on the fragile deal to pass both legislative chambers, and then hit the president’s desk by the end of August.
My response to all this congressional stonewalling? Sit down. Shut up. You’re almost never right about anything.
When it comes to major forks on the often muddy American foreign policy road, Congress-on-a-leash hasn’t gotten anything right since World War II. Whatever any “go to war” initiative comes down the pike — whether it was passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (which ended up needlessly costing 56,000 American lives), approving the Iraq Resolution (which ended up putting us into a quagmire in the Middle East and gave rise to ISIS), implementing the Patriot Act (which mushroomed into the out-of control intelligence bureaucracy and made every American into a target), or continuing to pour billions of treasury dollars that we don’t have into counties like Israel, Pakistan, and Egypt (while American roads and bridges crumble in neglect) — time and time again Congress has repeatedly demonstrated no credibility whatsoever on matters of war, diplomacy, treaties, or just about anything else going on outside our borders. For goodness sake, this is a body that has a perpetually-spinning revolving door between elected office and far-more lucrative post-service positions later on with major defense contractors and lobbying firms for foreign nations. How is any rational discussion of international affairs going to take place in a chamber polluted with lobbyists?
Fortunately, neither the House nor the Senate will be able to muster up the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto against any imposed limitations on the deal. In other words, there’s nothing the war hawks can do to stop the agreement, and they know it (well, the sane ones know it). But that doesn’t stop a shameless parade of lies and misrepresentations about the Iran deal being made throughout the media, which (not surprisingly) has become the latest chunk of stale red meet tossed into right-wing lunatics’ dungeon, with the wolves rabidly ready to rip apart every part of the deal purely for political gain.
Consider House Speaker John Boehner, who infamously vowed — and I quote– “to do everything possible to stop the Iran deal.” Initially, upon making that brazen statement at a press conference on July 22nd, when asked precisely what parts of the deal he didn’t like, Boehner stunned reporters by admitting, “I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.” That’s flabbergasting. Even for Boehner. The head of the House of Representatives, and the highest-ranking Republican in Congress openly stated he opposed the Iran deal, but hadn’t even bothered to look at it. What arrogant obstructionism. What a disgrace.Read More