Hamilton — Team Obama: Stiffing Congress, helping Iran
March 19, 2015
Prior to the Obama administration, our military was so strong that no rational enemy nation would dare risk annihilation by our nuclear triad and/or by our conventional forces. Those forces won the Cold War. Now, we face irrational enemies in the form of Iran, ISIS, al-Qaida, and myriad Islamic-jihadist organizations.
But the response of the Obama administration to the insanely irrational Islamists has been to sacrifice our once overwhelming ability to deter the old Cold War threats and even our ability to crush the new Islamic State (ISIS) on the altar of political correctness. All based on the preposterous belief that negotiations with the mad Mullahs of Iran will somehow cause them to abandon their quest for nuclear weapons. There's this bridge in Brooklyn…
Prior to President Obama, relatively minor non-nuclear agreements have been discussed with Congress and then signed as executive orders. But when previous presidents have dealt with nuclear agreements, those matters have always risen to the level of treaties that must have the "advise and consent" of two-thirds of the U.S. Senate.
Based on leaks from the negotiating teams of Britain, China, Russia, France, Germany and, most likely, intelligence gathered by Israel's Mossad, negotiating Team Obama wants all sanctions lifted and for Iran to have clear path to becoming a nuclear power relatively soon and, for sure, by the end of the next 10 years.
Sensing Team Obama never intended to consult Congress and that Team Obama's actual plan is to use the prospect of Iranian-trade profits to entice the greedy entrepreneurs of China, Russia, and France to pressure the U.N. to remove U.N. economic sanctions on Iran, 47 Republican U.S. Senators wrote an open letter to the Mullahs, explaining that the system of checks and balances within our Constitution requires — as per Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 — the participation of Congress. In other words: You buy this turkey without our "advise and consent" in 2015. We may wring its neck in 2017.
Unfortunately, rational explanations mean nothing to irrational people. Ergo: Team Obama will likely enter into an irrational agreement allowing the irrational Iranians to accelerate what they have been doing all along anyway, which is to continue to violate eight U.N. resolutions — four of them imposing sanctions that ban Iran from uranium enrichment and doing nuclear development (except for peaceful purposes), that bar Iran from buying and selling nuclear-weapons technology and developing any kind of long-range ballistic missiles. On top of that, there is a U.N. arms embargo. Iran has tricked and deceived U.N. inspection teams to the point the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency declared that he has no idea what Iran is doing.
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Only a popular uprising to overthrow the menacing Mullahs or a combined attack by the Arab Gulf States and Israel can stop Iran from becoming a nuclear threat to the existence of Israel and, with ICBMs, to the existence of the United States. The U.N. sanctions were supposed to promote a popular uprising. But if the sanctions are removed, as Tony Soprano would say: "Fuhgeddaboutit." That then leaves the West with only two options: Destroy Iran's nuclear facilities or "submit" which is, after all, the literal meaning of Islam. Go figure.
Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame. He was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the George Washington University, the U.S Naval War College, the University of Nebraska, and Harvard University.
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