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Friday, August 28, 2015

Unbelievable: Senate may not even vote on Obama's sellout to a nuclear-armed Iran

It's come to this: Thanks to Mr. Congeniality, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tn), President Hussein Obama's sellout and endorsement of a nuclear armed Iran may never even come to a vote in the Senate. This is Jonathan Tobin.
With only two Senate Democrats announcing their opposition (Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez), there now appears to be a chance that the White House will be able to orchestrate a filibuster of the bill if at least three more Democrats join a unanimous Republican caucus. That will make a mockery of the approval process that Congress has been going through. If it does, the blame will belong to a president who has not hesitated to use inflammatory rhetoric and heavy-handed tactics to stop Congress from interfering with a policy of appeasement of Iran. But Obama didn’t do it alone. He could never have succeeded had he not had the unwitting help of Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. Without Corker’s foolish belief in working with the White House and pusillanimous unwillingness to push for an approval process in line with the Constitution’s provisions about foreign treaties, the administration might never have been able to get away with sneaking through the most important foreign policy decision in a generation.
The Tennessee Republican didn’t get much cooperation from the administration. However, he did listen to a lot of his Democratic colleagues who were unhappy about confronting Obama but wanted to preserve some sort of Congressional oversight on the Iran negotiations. Thus, hoping to maintain the bipartisan consensus on Iran, Corker shifted the emphasis in the Senate away from a bill that would toughen sanctions against Iran that had been proposed by Menendez and Illinois Republican Mark Kirk. Instead, Corker’s attention was focused on something else: something that would compel the administration to present any deal with Iran for a Congressional vote.
Thus was born the Corker-Menendez bill that would be renamed Corker-Cardin after Menendez was forced out as ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee and replaced by Senator Ben Cardin. Considering that the administration had openly said that it did feel compelled to present any agreement with Iran for Congressional approval, some sort of response was required. But the only thing Corker could get Corker and other Democrats to sign on to was a bill on an Iran nuclear deal that would provide for a simple up and down vote in both the House and the Senate.
What was wrong with that? The Constitution explicitly states that foreign treaties must be presented to the Senate where they must get a two-thirds vote to be approved. The impetus for this high bar was the thought that treaties ought to be a matter of national consensus since they involve the security of the nation and their impact will be felt beyond the current Congress or the incumbent president.
Corker’s bill turned that approval process upside down. Instead of 67 votes to pass a deal that would give Iran Western approval for becoming a nuclear threshold state and a nuclear power once the deal expired in 10 to 15 years, all Obama would now need was 34 votes in the Senate or one-third plus one vote in the House.
It can be argued that Democrats would never have gone along with a bill that would have designated the Iran deal as a treaty as it should have been. The administration knows that there is no legal argument for not designating the deal as a treaty. As Secretary of State John Kerry admitted in his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the only reason they didn’t present it as a treaty is because it is too hard to pass a treaty.
Corker is flummoxed by this prospect, telling the New York Times that he cannot imagine that a Senate will do it.
“Ninety-eight senators voted to give themselves the right to vote on this,” he said. “Surely they are not going to deny themselves a final vote on the deal.” …
“To block a vote on the deal would be a fascinating turn of events at a minimum,” Mr. Corker said.
Fascinating isn’t quite the word I’d use for such a turn of events. A better description of what is happening is that a tough-minded administration has run rings around an inept Corker. Did he really trust liberal Democrats who promised that they wanted a vote? If so, he is clearly not smart enough to be left in the position of influence he has been given. Far from his accommodating attitude rebuilding the consensus on Iran that Obama has been busy destroying, Corker’s willingness to bend over backwards has facilitated Obama’s disastrous policy.
A filibuster will enable the president to say that Congress never defeated his Iran deal. That’s something that he would have been denied if he had been forced to veto the bill. Even a complete end run by the administration around congress where no vote at all would have been held would have been preferable to a successful Iran deal filibuster. Then opponents would have been able to point to the extra-legal way the president was sneaking his treaty with Iran through. A failed effort to designate the deal as a treaty would also at least have set the record straight about Obama’s disregard for the Constitution. But now Obama can say the deal was reviewed and in a sense passed. This will strengthen his efforts to undermine existing sanctions and make it harder for the deal to overturn it in the future once he leaves office.
For that he can thank Corker.
By the way, if you're wondering how this pea brain became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee... the party was looking for an ideological conservative. Maybe the party ought to be looking for some intelligence before worrying about ideology?

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At 12:36 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

AIPAC did a social media blitz to get people to call their reps in DC to PASS the Corker thing, making Obama's task so easy. And, if the AIPAC people had read the U.S. Constitution, which is the bedrock of the good life we Jews (and everyone else) has found in the U.S., they would know that Congress had NO LEGAL AUTHORITY to blast away the TREATY provisions in the Constitution. No laws are being followed now. Only pick and choose Obama/Clinton/KhmerRouge Kerry Tyranny.

At 12:51 AM, Blogger JG said...

perplex (someone) greatly; Bob Corker.

At 1:25 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

BTW GOP Failure Theater? Not as much as Menendez allowing his creeper friends make him vulnerable so he could get pushed out? And why on earth is his name on the UNLAWFUL BILL VACATING THE CONSTITUTION? This undermining is going to have HUGE consequences for any number of people moving forward. The Constitution is the reason our Jewish community have had such a good life in the U.S.

At 2:04 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

BTW2... GOP Failure Theater?

These are NOT Republicans. If you want to at least try something different, look out to flyover and attempt to support Republicans (not Democrats). Are these communal organizations going through with this Democrat Advocacy tomorrow? THEY DO NOT REPRESENT ME.

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At 3:51 PM, Blogger hillelhalevi said...

This is why I support Trump and Cruz. Most of the Republicans in the House and Senate are idiots and complete sellouts. They are totally worthless. Trump kicks them in the face.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

hillelhalevi!!! Check this out!

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump will rally against Iran nuclear deal at the Capitol

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Ray Gornam said...

Hi good article on Bolton, why I can't find any of your posts dealing with the names of the top mossad or security establishment chiefs and nuclear experts in Israel who support defeati8ng the Iran Deal in Congress. The left is putting out all these articles with lists of names of those who say the deal prolongs the time in which Iran could get a bomb. Did you write any posts that I didn't see on this? Thanks


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