In making an early morning announcement at the White House about the nuclear agreement just reached with Iran, President Obama spoke out of both sides of his mouth in referring to congressional review of the deal that is sure to be hotly debated and vigorously contested.
On the one hand, according to a Washington Post transcript of the president’s remarks, Obama said, “I welcome a robust debate in Congress on this issue and I welcome scrutiny of the details of this agreement.” Then, within seconds of that “welcoming” statement, Obama threw down the presidential gauntlet, adding, “I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal.”
So, Obama is looking forward to “robust debate” on Capitol Hill that will, in his mind, be moot and meaningless, because no matter what lawmakers conclude about the Iran deal, Obama will block their efforts to stop it. Congress, of course, could override a presidential veto and turn thumbs down to a deal that many in Washington and elsewhere are already condemning as a “nightmare” of “historic” proportion.
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Politico notes that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who has warned in the past that a deal with an untrustworthy and hostile Iran would be foolhardy — was quick to denounce the agreement that Obama praised. A statement from Netanyahu characterized the deal as “an historic mistake for the world.”
“Far-reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability. In addition, Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars with which it can fuel its terror machine and its expansion and aggression throughout the Middle East and across the globe,” he added.
Sen. Lindsey Graham — a GOP contender for the White House in 2016 — agrees with Netanyahu, declaring that the just-announced agreement between Iran and six world powers is “akin to declaring war on Israel and the Sunni Arabs.” Quoted in a post on BloombergView, the South Carolina lawmaker reacted strongly to details about the deal that have been emerging.
“My initial impression is that this deal is far worse than I ever dreamed it could be and will be a nightmare for the region, our national security and eventually the world at large,” according to the BloombergView post.
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Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton tweeted that the deal is a “diplomatic Waterloo,” adding, “The deal is an absolute disaster.”
Weekly Standard Senior Writer and Fox News Contributor Stephen Hayes has been tweeting throughout the morning, offering his own assessment of the Iran deal as well as reaction from key lawmakers. Hayes notes that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, contends that “Obama admin Iran claims at odds w/US intel community assessments.”
Hayes also quotes GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas regarding sanctions relief promised to Iranian officials closely tied to terror and the deaths of American forces in the Middle East. Writes Hayes of criticism from Cotton: “‘They have blood of hundreds of American soldiers on their hands’ & we’re giving sanctions relief to Quds Force & Qassem Suleimani.”
As Western Journal reported on Monday — prior to any announcement of a done deal with Iran — Sen. Cotton was warning of “open congressional rebellion” if such a bad deal were brought to Capitol Hill for debate.
Under a new law signed by President Obama earlier this year, Congress will have 60 days to review the details of the Iran nuke deal and either approve or disapprove. One can have little doubt that the congressional debate that President Obama just declared to be essentially a waste of time will prove intense and emotional, especially since the commander in chief has arrogantly commanded Congress to follow his lead.
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