US poll: 'Deal with Iran won't stop the bomb anyway'
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 71% of Americans don't believe that an agreement with Iran will stop the Mullahcracy from developing a nuclear weapon anyway
Seventy-one percent of Americans say
that the nuclear negotiations, which are backed by the Obama
administration and strongly opposed by most Republicans, will not make a
real difference in affecting Iran's potential production of a nuclear
weapon. About a quarter of respondents - 24 percent - disagree.
Democrats are more
optimistic about the deal, with about a third believing that it would be
effective in preventing the production of an Iranian bomb, compared to
just 11 percent of Republicans who say the same. But majorities of
Americans from all political parties - 58 percent of Democrats, 72
percent of independents and 86 percent of Republicans - think that the
deal would not make a major difference.
Perhaps that explains why Republicans are worried that Democrats, whose votes are needed to override an expected Obama veto of any bill that would hinder him from letting Iran go nuclear, may be seeing this in partisan terms
(Hat Tip: Memeorandum
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said he was
approached to sign the letter by Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, but
he concluded it might set back his ultimate goal: veto-proof support
for a bill he has sponsored requiring a congressional vote to approve or
reject an Iran deal.
“I knew it was going to be only Republicans on [the letter]. I just
don’t view that as where I need to be today,” Corker said in an
interview. “My goal is to get 67 or more people on something that will
affect the outcome.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) expressed doubt
about her colleagues’ tactic of skirting the White House and trying to
affect foreign policy by going directly to Tehran.
appropriate for members of the Senate to give advice to the president,
to Secretary Kerry and to the negotiators,” Collins said. “I don’t think
that the ayatollah is going to be particularly convinced by a letter
from members of the Senate, even one signed by a number of my
distinguished and high ranking colleagues.”
Indeed, the response
from Tehran was the equivalent of an eye roll, with Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif concluding the letter “has no legal value and is
mostly a propaganda ploy.”
Meanwhile some Democrats warned that
Republicans risked alienating some of the dozen or so Democrats who have
pledged support for two GOP measures that could blow up the fragile
Corker’s bill would require an up-or-down vote by Congress on any
deal that Obama strikes with Iran — and although a “no” vote would not
bind Obama and bring down a nuclear deal, it would restrict Obama’s
ability to waive economic sanctions on Iran.
The other measure, sponsored by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and
Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), would require new sanctions on Iran should
Tehran leave the negotiations or violate its current agreements with the
U.S. and its five negotiating partners: Russia, China, France, Germany
Both measures are close to the 67 Senate votes
needed to override the vetoes President Obama has threatened. The White
House has warned that congressional interference could blow up the talks
and lead to a possible military confrontation with Iran.
This is an issue where partisanship should not even be showing its face. Unfortunately, with the United States' 'post-partisan' President, there is no issue that is bipartisan anymore.
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