Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton (a rising GOP star) wrote and persuaded 46 of his fellow Republicans to sign a letter to Iran concerning a potential Washington-Tehran deal on Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Details of this proposed agreement have generally been kept secret. However, what we know is troubling to say the least. Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium and eventually be given the capability to fully develop and deploy a nuclear weapons program. Given Iran’s status as the world’s leading supporter of terrorism and the messianic nature of its Shiite Islamist ideology, this would have horrendous geopolitical repercussions. Iran has made no secret of its desire to physically eliminate Israel. Tehran and its proxies already wield significant control in countries as diverse as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. A nuclear armed Iran would seek to use its new found military leverage against Israel and other countries in its region. Iran is seeking to eventually develop ballistic missiles capable of hitting the U.S., it has cultivated and sustained security cooperation with rogue regimes such as Venezuela, and has no limits to its aggressive aspirations. A nuclear armed Iran would also likely prompt adjacent countries as diverse as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey to consider “going nuclear.”
This situation is further complicated by Barack Obama’s abject failure to understand the sadistic reality of Islamist imperialism. This has been demonstrated throughout his sordid six year presidency by his persistent refusal to state the obvious Islamic ideological foundation of ISIS, Boko Harm, and like minded terrorists. We have also seen it demonstrated in his shabby treatment of Israel, his mythological red lines in Syria, his failure to support the popular 2009 Iranian uprising against the mullahs, and folly driven embrace of the delusional Arab Spring. Both Obama and Secretary of State John (Beacon Hill Bumpkin) Kerry live in a fantasy world where even savage Islamist terrorist despots are supposed to subscribe to political pluralism and the cocktail circuit norms of Georgetown and Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Obama and Kerry are so narcissistically stupid, as are their sycophants in the Democrat Party such as Colorado Representative Jared Polis who called Cotton Tehran Tom, and many sectors of the media, that they reacted with vituperative harrumphing when Senator Cotton and most of his Republican colleagues (which sadly did not include my normally reliably conservative Senator Dan Coats) submitted a letter to the Iranian ayatollahs describing the critical role the Founding Fathers assigned to the Senate in ratifying agreements such as treaties with foreign governments. Our founders were so convinced of the need for congressional involvement in foreign policy that they specified in the U.S. Constitution that treaties with foreign countries required the approval of 2/3 of the U.S. Senate. In addition, the Constitution also gives the power of the purse to Congress. Consequently, Congress must approve funding for implementing any U.S. Government executive agreement or treaty with a foreign government. It is vital that Congress articulately express its constitutional foreign policy prerogatives and stop the Obama Administration from negotiating an agreement which will be highly detrimental to our national security interests and the interests of allies such as Israel.
The brutal facts of the matter are that the Obama Administration is congenitally incapable of negotiating an agreement with Iran that is in our national security interest and the national security interests of countries adjacent to Iran. The Iranian regime is totally uninterested in surrendering their nuclear weapons aspirations and only the credible threat of military force, if not the actual and sustained use of such force, will cause Iran to abandon its nuclear goals under the present Islamist regime. Only the overthrow of this regime, including its absolute destruction, and its hopeful replacement by a more pluralistic government offers the chance of constructive negotiations between the U.S. and this new government over Iranian nuclear policy.