Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Not Even a Rubber Stamp

Will Congress accept its status as a body not even worthy of being called a "rubber stamp" by approving the Iran deal, when the deal is already going into effect?

Just like the Libya War wasn't a war requiring Congressional input, the treaty firm handshake that purports to halt Iran's nuclear efforts doesn't seem to require Congressional action despite the deal President Obama made with Congress to require Congress to overrule a nuclear deal that otherwise goes into effect (meaning a 1/3 plus 1 vote in either house allows the deal to go forward):

The sanctions regime President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry vowed to step up has already collapsed. The mullahs are already scooping up billions in unfrozen assets and new commerce, and they haven’t even gotten the big payday yet.

Got that? Even the weak Congressional role "allowed" doesn't even matter. The UN Security Council approved it, and that is all that mattered.

And there is more. Read it all.

It should be embarrassing to our government that they are freaking boasting about how good the Iran nuclear deal is--and believe that means it is good for us.

Sadly, Congressional powers don't just snap back after being lost.

And you can't un-nuke a city.

Have a super sparkly day.

UPDATE: Oh, and about "snap back" sanctions in case Iran violates the deal? Yeah, well that farcical notion doesn't even apply to violations of the arms portion of the deal that will allow Iran to better defend their nuclear infrastructure:

Violations of an arms embargo by Iran or restrictions on its missile program would not force an automatic reinstatement or "snapback" of United Nations sanctions under a landmark nuclear deal, although other options would be available, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

"The arms embargo is not tied to snapback," Kerry said. "It is tied to a separate set of obligations. So they are not in material breach of the nuclear agreement for violating the arms piece of it."

That's nice.

And arms and missiles were at least part of the deal. Iran didn't even promise to limit their support for terror and regional dominance.

UPDATE: Could Congress actually derail this bad (and unpopular) deal?