Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland just became the deciding Democat vote to push President Obama’s nuclear sellout to Iran through Congress.
“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal,” said Mikulski in a statement, having apparently missed the part where President Obama admitted his deal put Iran only about ten years away, at most, from having a nuclear bomb.
Thanks to a special deal worked out by Republicans, President Obama needed only a handful of Senators to push his deal through. “Mikulski’s backing gives supporters the margin they need to uphold an expected Obama veto of a congressional resolution of disapproval that Republicans hope to pass later this month,” the Associated Press notes. “And it spells failure for opponents of the international agreement who sought to foil it by turning Congress against it. Leading that effort were Israel and its allies in the U.S., who failed to get traction after spending millions of dollars trying.”
As the AP goes on to note, the ability of the American people to influence this process through representative government was always an illusion anyway: “Even if Congress were able to pass the disapproval resolution, it can’t stop the deal, which was agreed to among Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. In July, the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed the nuclear deal, approving a resolution that would lift the international sanctions on Iran in 90 days.”
As more than one observer has noted, the Iranian Parliament has considerably more sway over this deal, and receives a great deal more legal and rhetorical respect from its executive branch, than the American Congress does. The truly entertaining act of this farce will begin when the Iranian legislature starts knocking down every bit of the “deal” they still find inconvenient, or the Iranian military simply ignores those bits.
Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on MSNBC today claiming the deal would prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, even as every Sunni regime scrambles to arm themselves against the coming Iranian bomb.
Secretary Kerry added that the deal was necessary to keep Iran’s theocracy happy, because America could not endure their continued disapproval. If the deal were scuttled, Kerry said it would convince the Iranians that “you can’t deal with the West, that you can’t trust the West.”
That is the clearest statement of a weak democracy capitulating to dictatorship since the Munich fold to Hitler… an event the Iran deal was unwittingly compared to by one of its Democrat supporters, Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida, when he chirped on Monday that President Obama’s Iran deal would ensure “peace in our time.”