Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Higher Authority

The Iran nuclear deal passed Kerry's "global test" so Congressional input is kind of pointless:

The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose U.N. penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement.

Which is designed to nullify Congressional input. Which despite comments that the deal tests Senate Democratic loyalty to the president, will see Democratic senators backing the deal with a choreographed precision that would make North Korean human pixels envious.

I'll be interested to see if Russia and China really back a "snapback" sanctions provision in the UNSC decision that apparently nullifies their Security Council veto. Or will they veto such a move--if we ever dare take that step--and declare that they are not bound by an illegal provision?

UPDATE: Despite carefully worded administration denials that there were secret side deals, there are secret side deals.