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The Depth of Republican Perfidy on Obama’s Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal

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As has become the norm among the Republican Party’s Capitol Hill Ruling Class a small, but decisive, group of establishment Republicans has joined with Democrats to defeat common sense amendments to a dangerous and anti-conservative bill – in this case Tennessee Senator Bob Corker’s “Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015.”

As we explained in our articles None Dare Call Them Treason: Obama’s Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal & the Corker Bill and Republican Senator Bob Corker Is A Traitor Corker's bill betrays the Senate's constitutional role as the final authority on whether or not the United States agrees to a treaty and it betrays the existential national security interests of the United States by abandoning almost 40 years of U.S. policy to prevent, through any means necessary, Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons.

That Democrats, who have been drawn further and further to the far-Left during Obama’s tenure, would support his treaty with Iran is understandable, but that a group of Republican Senators would perfidiously** band together to not only support Obama’s treaty, but defeat amendments to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 and thus facilitate Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons is incomprehensible.

Yet that’s exactly what Republican Senators Alexander, Coats, Corker, Flake, Graham, Hatch, McCain and Perdue did on Senator John Barasso’s amendment requiring the President certify that Iran has not directly supported or carried out an act of terrorism against the US or a US person anywhere in the world – before any sanctions are removed.

And that is what Republican Senators Alexander, Ayotte, Capito, Coats, Cochran, Corker, Ernst, Flake, Hatch, Isakson, McCain and Perdue did on Senator Ron Johnson’s amendment to declare that any agreement reached by the President relating to the nuclear program of Iran is deemed a treaty that is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

That Senators Kelly Ayotte and Joni Ernst, who are on the Armed Services Committee and ought to have some insight into what the Islamic Republic of Iran is all about, voted against Johnson’s amendment is especially shameful, as is the vote of Indiana’s retiring Senator Dan Coats, who sits on the Intelligence Committee and has helped defeat every amendment to Corker’s bill to facilitate Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

America and Iran have been engaged in a hot and cold war for almost 40 years.

And during that time the Iranians have engaged in a host of actions hostile to the United States, the latest being just this week in what commentator Omri Ceren calls an act of “functionally unspinnable Iranian aggression” by seizing the Marshall Islands flagged vessel M/V Maersk Tigris; an act which should trigger a US response given the United States is treaty-bound to secure and defend the Marshall Islands.

As our friend Ben Weingarten of The Blaze points out in his outstanding article “Iran Literally Fired a Shot Across an American Ally’s Bow, But Obama Won’t Dump His Disastrous Deal” the seizure of the Maersk Tigris is an act that in a sane world would in and of itself put an end to President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran.

And in a sane world it would most certainly prompt Republicans to reject a treaty that legitimizes and facilitates Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons, thereby eliminating America’s unassailable lead in military power.

But the world inhabited by Capitol Hill’s Republican establishment is not a sane world, so we close with some thoughts from Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who sits on both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee (as quoted by Ben Weingarten): 

I am skeptical that there are many moderates within the [Iranian] leadership … I think it’s kind of like the search for the vaunted moderates in the Kremlin throughout most of the Cold War, with the exception that we could always count on the Soviet leadership to be concerned about national survival in a way that I don’t think we can count on a nuclear-armed Iranian leadership to be solely concerned about national survival.

As for Lord Chamberlain, Sen. Cotton – he of that irksome letter to Iran — takes a more charitable view, noting:

It’s unfair to Neville Chamberlain to compare him to Barack Obama, because Neville Chamberlain’s general staff was telling him he couldn’t confront Hitler and even fight to a draw—certainly not defeat the German military—until probably 1941 or 1942. He was operating from a position of weakness. With Iran, we negotiated privately in 2012-2013 from a position of strength … not just inherent military strength of the United States compared to Iran, but also from our strategic position.

“To those who recognize reality, this deal – coupled with our weak response to the ongoing provocations of the Iranian Government — not only threatens our national security and that of our allies, but reflects an utter dereliction of duty to uphold the Constitution, and protect our people against foreign enemies.”

“In a word, it is treasonous” concluded Ben Weingarten – and of course we agree.

If it is unfair to Neville Chamberlin, as Senator Tom Cotton suggests, to compare him to Obama, perhaps it is not unfair to compare Republicans who vote for Senator Bob Corker’s “Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015” to those who opposed the U.S. defense build-up in the years prior to Pearl Harbor.

The one alternative to the guaranteed acceptance Iran’s nuclear weapons program through the Corker bill is an amendment to that bill offered by Senators Ted Cruz and Pat Toomey.

Their amendment (#1152) to the Corker bill* (the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015) would require affirmative Congressional approval of any Iranian nuclear deal before sanctions relief can occur. This approach uses the plenary constitutional power of Congress to regulate trade and commerce to restore the constitutional balance in the process and require Members of Congress to take an affirmative vote to overturn the policy of the past 40 years to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

We urge conservatives to contact their Senators and Representative (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) to demand they vote for the Cruz-Toomey amendment to the Corker bill and against the Corker bill if Cruz-Toomey does not pass.

*Our social media hashtag for the Obama-Iran nuclear weapons deal is #AprilFoolsDeal.

**Hat tip to our friend Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review for the phraseology “depth of perfidy” and for his must read article “Ending the Iranian Charade: Dump the Deal Now

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