In addition to being unapologetic warmongers, Republicans are literally incapable of giving President Obama credit for anything, and the proposed deal with Iran regarding their nuclear program is no different. After 47 Republicans tried to tank the deal by what many regard as a traitorous act, it seems the President has succeeded anyway; not with support from Congressional Republicans, but in spite of them. Though many details still remain to be hammered out, the reactions from the Right Wing thus far are predictable. Bob Corker is claiming they set the stage for the deal:
“We know we have already played a positive role. I think everyone would say that congressionally mandated sanctions helped in a strong way get Iran to the table. The fact that they knew Congress was going to weigh in helped them get us a deal that isn’t worse.”
Um, yeah. Lindsey Graham insists almost anybody could have gotten a better deal :
“The best deal I think comes with the new president. Hillary Clinton would do better. I think everybody on our side, except maybe Rand Paul, can do better. That is one way of looking at this program: keeping the interim deal in place, it’s been fairly successful have a new crack at it with a new president that doesn’t have the baggage of Obama.”
How about that Rand Paul jab, sounds like a catty little schoolgirl. We all know: The only “baggage” President Obama has, the “baggage” he’s had throughout his entire presidency, is the do-nothing, un-American, to hell with the country Republicans. Let’s be clear: Non-Proliferation experts, people who know what they’re talking about, are hailing the President’s success.
Even so, Traitor Tom Cotton , Benjamin Netanyahu’s adopted son, has already declared:
“I’m going to do everything I can to stop these terms from becoming a final deal.”
Of course he is, it doesn’t matter that he doesn’t even know what the terms are yet. If only Conservatives would stop electing guys still wet behind the ears.
Then there’s poor John McCain, practically stroking out over losing a chance to go to war. So much so, he’s egging Netanyahu on to start one, as The Center for Research on Globalization reports:
He urges Israel to “go rogue.” He supports bombing Iran – preemptively attacking a nonbelligerent country threatening no one.
Endangering millions of Iranians. Maybe incinerating them with Israeli nuclear weapons.
“The Israelis need to chart their own path of resistance,” McCain blustered.
This is one problem Americans will always face with Republicans: They don’t know how to do anything but war, and they’re not even good at that, as the debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown. They do however love tough talk, and carrying out pretend war scenarios in their heads.
Steve Chapman at the Chicago Tribune writes in his piece, “No Iran Deal Could Convert Republicans“:
Amid all the criticism of President Barack Obama‘s proposed agreement with Iran on its nuclear facilities, it’s worth keeping in mind that some people just can’t stomach the idea of arms control.
They do not hope for good agreements. They hope for no agreements.
When …[Reagan] signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987… William F. Buckley’s National Review called the accord “catastrophic.”
There is one big difference between Reagan’s arms agreements and this one. The Soviets were allowed to have thousands of nuclear weapons. The Iranians are allowed to have zero.
Conservatives though, are hell-bent on doing anything and everything to deny President Obama his legacy, even if it means destroying this country’s standing in the world. For them, the U.S. reneging on a deal would be no big thing.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. questions whether the deal is good enough:
“Congress needs to review and approve the deal to ensure it is in the best interest of Americans. Until Congress can confirm these negotiations meet our standards, and those of our allies, I will reserve judgment.”
Yes, he actually claimed Republicans have standards.
Over in the conservative fantasy land known as “I could be President”, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz have both said they would cancel the deal with Iran on day one if elected. There’s a mature stance.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who probably hasn’t even had anyone explain the agreement to him yet, claims it’s “…riddled with concessions…” (He just can’t remember any of them).
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is “…very concerned with the framework of this deal.” (He thinks the militant gay Iranian community has something to do with it).
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio declared it a “colossal mistake”, in between huge gulps of bottled water.
Jeb Bush says “I cannot stand behind such a flawed agreement.” (Doubt he’ll be standing at all come 2016)
Ben Carson, (Yeah I know, but Conservatives still believe he’s a contender) called the Iranians the “…superior negotiators”. Geez, successfully separate a couple of brains and suddenly he’s a foreign policy expert.
Johnathan Chait at New York Magazine writes:
“…the conservative case against the Iran deal is hard to take seriously because the right has made the same case against every major negotiation with an American adversary since World War II.”
Op-Ed for the Los Angeles Times explains:
…the GOP’s approach to foreign affairs has become so uniform that any dissent from within is almost immediately slapped down…
… as the 2016 campaign heats up, the Republican presidential candidates are likely to adopt ever more bellicose positions as they attempt to surpass one another in brandishing their national security credentials.
Yes, he said the candidates’ national security credentials…