White House warns Congress: If you block this Iran deal, Iran gets everything for free

posted at 7:21 pm on July 17, 2015 by Allahpundit

You think you know that Obama sold out America’s interests in cutting this deal with Tehran, but you really don’t know the half of it.

Serious question: Is this a bigger affront to Congress’s authority than that executive mega-amnesty in November was? Normally I’d say that nothing could top the latter, but read this and tell me.

[Josh Earnest] predicted the international economic sanctions would collapse and Iran would get the economic benefits it has sought anyway — and noted that even if American sanctions stay in place Iran has far more at stake economically with sanctions from other countries around the world.

“The problem is Iran is going to get all that money and the United States doesn’t get anything for it,” he said, predicting Iran would get sanctions relief from the international community even if they don’t reduce their stockpile, centrifuges or all-but-dismantle their plutonium-producing reactor.

A vote to kill the deal is a “vote to allow Iran to get off scot-free and to get all the sanctions relief.”

Three points. One: Why wasn’t the agreement written so that it takes effect only if it’s ratified through proper channels by the legislatures of all the participating countries? The P5+1 is supposed to be a coalition. They negotiated a joint agreement with Iran. What Earnest is suggesting now, purely for the sake of intimidating Obama’s critics in Congress, is that the United States won’t object if its partners go their own way and lift sanctions on Iran even if the deal is blocked in Washington. In other words, rather than defending Congress’s right to approve the deal and putting pressure on the Europeans not to act without us, Obama’s defending the Europeans’ right to cut the U.S. loose and lift sanctions unilaterally in order to put pressure on his countrymen in the legislature. Two: Even if our European partners went their own way, why wouldn’t they insist that Iran keep up its end of the agreement in return for European sanctions relief? The United States isn’t the only country that benefits from Iran denuclearizing. If it were, we would have made a deal with them unilaterally from the start, not as part of the P5+1. Lifting the sanctions in exchange for nothing would be sheer madness. Three: If Earnest believes the rest of the coalition is so hellbent on lifting sanctions that Congress’s recalcitrance will tank everything, why would he trust the coalition to reimpose “snapback sanctions” if/when Iran is caught cheating on the deal later? What he’s saying here, essentially, is that the economic pressure on Europe and Russia to start trading with Iran again is so intense that Congress can either get with this program or get out of the way. If that’s true then it’s ludicrous to think the Russians or Europeans will ever agree to reimpose sanctions in the future. Iran would have to cheat in an unrealistically flagrant way to force their hands. Whether he realizes it or not, Earnest is telling you here that the punitive parts of the deal are a farce.

This is, in other words, Obama’s latest attempt to tell Congress that his agenda will move whether they like it or not, except this time he’s willing to make sure an enemy power benefits lavishly if Congress tries to defy him.

But wait, it gets worse. America’s legislature may not have a say over whether deal is implemented, but Iran’s legislature does.

On Thursday, Foreign Policy reporters revealed that United Nations Ambassador Susan Power began circulating on Monday a legally binding UN Security Council resolution that would cement the nuclear accord’s sanctions relief to which they agreed in exchange for supposedly giving up a nuclear weapon development program. The resolution would also force signatory states to take no actions that would “undermine” the accord. The terms of the nuclear deal were, however, only supposedly reached on Tuesday…

“The decision to take the deal to the Security Council before the U.S. Congress has concluded its own deliberations on the agreement places lawmakers in the uncomfortable position of potentially breaching a binding resolution by voting down the deal,” read the Foreign Policy report. “The strategy has infuriated some Republican lawmakers, who see the administration making an end run around Congress.”

They should be. According to reporting, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker attempted to storm into a closed-door meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and the committee’s Democrats when he learned of the White House’s attempt to undermine the legislature’s authority. A Fox News producer described Corker as “livid.” But this is hardly surprising. The text of the nuclear deal itself made it clear that the only legislative body that would be afforded any deference in this process was Iran’s.

It turns out, notes Noah Rothman, that the agreement acknowledges that Iran’s parliament must ratify the Additional Protocol of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty authorizing nuke inspections within 90 days after the UN Security Council approves the deal. But it doesn’t say anything about the U.S. Congress, which has the right under federal law signed by Obama himself to vote on this deal and block it if it can muster 67 votes of disapproval in the Senate. Which, of course, is by design: By cutting Congress out of the agreement and running to the UN, Obama has heaped even more pressure on congressional Democrats not to defy him on this by making them guilty of breaching international law if they do. He’s crushed Congress at every turn — first in refusing to submit this deal to the Senate as a treaty, as the Constitution requires, then in negotiating that horrible deal with Bob Corker that would let the Senate effectively ratify the deal with just 34 votes, and now by ignoring Congress’s authority in the text of the final agreement itself and moving quickly to get this passed in the Security Council before Congress has even considered it. In a saner world, where the American public gave a wet fart about ridiculous power grabs by the executive, the House would be threatening him credibly with impeachment at this point. Instead they’re gearing up for another performance of failure theater, where the Senate pretends to try really hard to stop Obama and almost musters the votes needed to do so, but falls just a bit short. The whole thing is a simulacrum of democracy, designed to put Shiite fanatics on track to build a nuclear weapon in 10 years because rapprochement with Iran will look really cool on Obama’s and Kerry’s CVs.

What a fiasco. Click the image to watch.

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New York City will be the number one nuke target of these mad mullah’s when the do nuke the U S.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 17, 2015 at 7:50 PM

*eyeroll*

Tlaloc on July 17, 2015 at 8:40 PM

Breaking News: Islamic terrorists try to blow up the World Trade Center

*eyeroll*

Tlaloc

Breaking News: Islamic terrorists bomb the USS Cole

*eyeroll*

Tlaloc

Breaking News: Islamic terrorists fly commercial airliners into World Trade Center, Pentagon, and fly one into the ground in PA, almost 3000 killed

*eyeroll*

Tlaloc

Breaking News: Islamic terrorist commits mass murder in Fort Hood Military Base killing 12, wounding 31

*eyeroll*

Tlaloc

Breaking News: Islamic terrorists bomb Boston Marathon, killing 3, injuring 264 others

*eyeroll*

Tlaloc

Breaking News: Islamic Terrorist kills 4 at Chattanooga Army recruiting center

*eyeroll*

Tlaloc

I’m sure our do nothing President, his minions, and the spineless GOP will give TIaloc plenty of more times to use his eyeroll thingy.

Sterling Holobyte on July 18, 2015 at 2:05 AM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2015 at 2:09 AM

The more they do the worse it gets the sooner it will hit the fan for them.

Obama and Taillick and the minions will be astonished at what happens. (See Mussolini).

Younggod on July 18, 2015 at 2:10 AM

to do the best we can with a weak hand.

Tlaloc on July 17, 2015 at 8:41 PM

1> We didn’t have a weak hand. Obama showed all the cards.

2> Even after showing all the cards, Iran still wouldn’t play so Obama swapped hands.

3> Even after showing all the cards and then swapping hands, Iran still wouldn’t play. So Obama let them play both hands and kept calling when Iran kept raising.

All Obama had to say was that he’d walk away and let Israel off the chain and we’d have gotten every concession.

Skywise on July 18, 2015 at 2:16 AM

Hopefully, we’ve supplied Israel with Neutron weapons, and when they go they take the whole Middle East with them.

DFCtomm on July 18, 2015 at 2:17 AM

*eyeroll*

Tlaloc on July 17, 2015 at 8:40 PM

Yeah, cause if there’s one thing we know Middle East terrorists never do, it’s target New York for a mass murder attack on American civilians.

Very few 18 year olds have student loan debt.

Tlaloc on July 17, 2015 at 8:42 PM

How do you figure?

The Schaef on July 18, 2015 at 2:46 AM

And for the record, the only thing “weak” about our hand is that they are willing to pick up a gun and point it at our head, and we are not willing to do anything to stop them.

It doesn’t even take much; Israel set back Saddam’s nuclear project a decade in a matter of hours. We are hobbling ourselves by taking every card higher than a three out of the deck, and then saying, what are we supposed to do? I mean, it’s IRAN, people, a man among boys when it comes to military and political might, amirite?

The Schaef on July 18, 2015 at 2:49 AM

We have yet to see that they’ve agreed to give up anything.
All the giving seems to be going in the opposite direction.
If only we had an honest and trustworthy government spokesman….
say, is Baghdad Bob available?

Another Drew on July 18, 2015 at 2:52 AM

This Iran deal is not a fine bourbon that gets better over time, this a clusterfark of epic proportion. Prepare for the worse scenario imaginable.

woodhull on July 18, 2015 at 7:20 AM

Emperor Obama was determined to give Iran nuclear weapons no matter what. Has something changed? Look, Zero never had any intentions of doing anything to stop them.

Has he done anything so far?

Did he not threaten to shoot down Israeli planes?

http://nation.foxnews.com/2015/03/01/report-obama-threatened-shoot-down-israeli-planes

Congress must act to stop this deal and clamp down on the sanctions.

dogsoldier on July 18, 2015 at 7:29 AM

Look AP, you can write all you want about congress and Iran. Fact of the matter is the Republican Senate set up this deal hand in hand with the president. Any squealing now by the stupid party in the Senate just shows they are the pigs that they are.

Franklin100 on July 18, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Let’s see if I get this straight. The biggest, most cowardly and craven capitulation in US history has just been perpetuated by our most incompetent and foolish president placing our country in mortal danger (not to mention Israel) by exponentially empowering our most fanatical and despicable enemy. Yet, if anyone lawfully tries to stop this outrage they are HELPING the enemy?

MaiDee on July 18, 2015 at 7:40 AM

3> Even after showing all the cards and then swapping hands, Iran still wouldn’t play. So Obama let them play both hands and kept calling when Iran kept raising.

All Obama had to say was that he’d walk away and let Israel off the chain and we’d have gotten every concession.

Skywise on July 18, 2015 at 2:16 AM

Even if Obama was dealt a royal straight flush in spades, he would still get bluffed out of the pot.

KW64 on July 18, 2015 at 8:09 AM

Look AP, you can write all you want about congress and Iran. Fact of the matter is the Republican Senate set up this deal hand in hand with the president. Any squealing now by the stupid party in the Senate just shows they are the pigs that they are.

Franklin100 on July 18, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Blaming the GOP for everything that is wrong in this country is getting pretty lame. The attempt to get all the conservatives to stay home next election because the “GOP is no better” line is nonsense.

This abominable deal is Obama’s fault, not the GOP’s fault. Obama was going to go to the UN to go over Congress’ head anyway. We were reading about that plan well before the Corker deal was struck.

KW64 on July 18, 2015 at 8:16 AM

If this is a good deal for the country, Obama would be selling it to the country. When you’re cajoling it, like a community organizer, you have to realize it can’t be that good. I still think Republicans should have insisted on this being a treaty and demanding it be able to get 67 votes.

I’m really anxious to see how this works. Apparently, the President feels he only needs to sell a deal, this important, to enough Democrats to not over-ride his veto. So, that basically says, if almost 2/3 of the countries representatives, in the House and the Senate, do not approve this deal, Obama believes it’s good for the country.

Talk about a legacy, that is certainly one that will live on in infamy, especially if the Iranians, as many of us fear, actually use the bomb they are going to build.

bflat879 on July 18, 2015 at 8:29 AM

If only we had a functioning opposition party.
changer1701 on July 17, 2015 at 8:29 PM

If only we had some patriotic generals in the military. Or a well-armed and manned militia.

Cleombrotus on July 18, 2015 at 8:37 AM

Face it. There has been a bloodless coup d’etat where the US has been taken over by a hostile occupying enemy force. This includes the entirety of both “parties”.
Reuben Hick on July 17, 2015 at 11:20 PM

THIS ^

Cleombrotus on July 18, 2015 at 8:44 AM

Right now, and since the announcement was made about the “deal” our Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, has been working overtime trying to sell the UN Security Council on this deal…so that a vote can be had such that IF the US Congress balks, the United Nations can “demand” full US compliance…and heavy UN sanctions on the US for not complying.

Sam Power has been with Obama since his Illinois Senate days…and is a true believer…and a anticolonialist progressive…and one of a handful of dedicated loyal Obama foreign policy advisers who will stop at nothing to make sure Obama succeeds in fundamentally changing who we are as a nation.

Having the United Nations succeed in demanding full US compliance will validate some of her earlier writings about the true role of the UN.

And well over 95% of Americans have never heard of her.

coldwarrior on July 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM

Basically he’s saying flat out that the President’s priority here was making sure Iran got everything they wanted.

GrumpyOldFart on July 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM

The more they do the worse it gets the sooner it will hit the fan for them.

Obama and Taillick and the minions will be astonished at what happens. (See Mussolini).

Younggod on July 18, 2015 at 2:10 AM

Also see Ceaucescu.

They are counting on nothing to blow up until they are safely gone and replaced, so they can say it was their successors who caused the catastrophe. Not a safe bet, obviously, but it does reveal the quality of their planning and thinking, doesn’t it?

Your leaders, America. A majority of you picked them. I have always said, since well before Nov. 2008, that the day would come when nobody would admit to having voted for Cpt. Zero. That was the advice I gave my quite liberal brother before the election. I told him he would not want it to be a lie when he told people in the future that he didn’t vote for the guy. It worked. He voted for Nader. Yeah, I know…. But at least he didn’t buy himself a seat in the lake of fire.

Dirty Creature on July 18, 2015 at 9:28 AM

Cripe

Squishy gop will screw us again

Allah is right, any other person would be up for impeachment

cmsinaz on July 18, 2015 at 9:38 AM

Three points. One: Why wasn’t the agreement written so that it takes effect only if it’s ratified through proper channels by the legislatures of all the participating countries?

So it could be used for political purposes by our dear leader to tell congress what to do once again. This further cements his supreme leader of all things American with none of this co-equal branch stuff to get in his way. This is especially true if there’s something even bigger in his pipeline of control.

Kissmygrits on July 18, 2015 at 9:46 AM

There are people within in the US government that are not on the side of the US…

albill on July 18, 2015 at 9:46 AM

first in refusing to submit this deal to the Senate as a treaty,

The president didn’t have to submit the deal to the senate. The republican controlled senate surrendered their constitutional responsibility in this matter earlier this year when they passed law that granted the president veto authority.
The republicans are just as much to blame for this crappy Iran deal as the president is.

paulsur on July 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM

White House warns Congress: If you block this Iran deal, Iran gets everything for free

Either way Iran got it all for free.

wifarmboy on July 18, 2015 at 10:13 AM

If Congress doesn’t block the deal they still get it all except we then get to pay them $100 billion dollars for the privilege of them getting it all.

bgibbs1000 on July 18, 2015 at 10:18 AM

“When tearing down the statues of tyrants, save the pedestal. It will come in handy soon enough.” –Stanislaw J. Lec

I am old enough to remember what it was like to live in a republic. Good times, good times.

2ndMAW68 on July 18, 2015 at 10:40 AM

These are not interesting times…these times completely suck a$$.

Alinsky on July 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Nuclear weapons in ten years?, what makes you think it’s ten years? Why not less? In any case Obama is in his end game now, vengeance, for what I don’t know, hatred, ditto, destruction, he can’t wait. This is the beast that slithered out of Rev. Wrights screaming America hating so called church years ago and was made by a media as malicious and twisted as he is. Hard times ahead.

arand on July 18, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Obama has announced that Congress is irrelevant.

The only question is whether the GOP-controlled Congress is willing to prove him wrong. Probably not, but if they do:

1) Call this “deal” a treaty (it is) and have it fail the Senate vote.

2) Withhold all funding for the UN if sanctions against Iran are relaxed in any way.

3) Make major budget cuts at State, DOJ, EPA, Education, FCC et.al.

4) Shut down the government in October.

FY2016 funding is on the table. Does the GOP have the courage to use the power of purse to reestablish relevancy?

pilsener on July 18, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Corker is a blithering idiot. He should resign, move to Europe and become a MEP there. He’d fit right in.

Mike from NC on July 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

The caliphate demands that all non Muslims do one of three things 1 convert 2 leave 3 pay a tax….. We have given in to two of those demands thus far…. Home of the brave indeed.

Von Kleist on July 18, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Look AP, you can write all you want about congress and Iran. Fact of the matter is the Republican Senate set up this deal hand in hand with the president. Any squealing now by the stupid party in the Senate just shows they are the pigs that they are.

Franklin100 on July 18, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Blaming the GOP for everything that is wrong in this country is getting pretty lame. The attempt to get all the conservatives to stay home next election because the “GOP is no better” line is nonsense.

This abominable deal is Obama’s fault, not the GOP’s fault. Obama was going to go to the UN to go over Congress’ head anyway. We were reading about that plan well before the Corker deal was struck.

KW64 on July 18, 2015 at 8:16 AM

The Corker deal overturned the constitutional requirement that a treaty must be APPROVED by 2/3rds of the Senate. Now, thanks to Corker, the Senate has find 67 votes to STOP the treaty. What the GOP easily could have done under the Constitution it will find impossible under Corker.

Remember how we got here. The March 9 Cotton letter, signed by 47 Senators, declared that without Congressional buy-in any deal with Iran would not be binding on future presidents. Iranian FM Zarif responded with a temper tantrum in which he revealed that the parties intended to fast-track an UNSCR that would make Congress irrelevant and tie the hands of future presidents: “I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with the stroke of a pen, as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law”. That created a firestorm of criticism from the Hill. Zarif doubled down from the stage at NYU: “within a few days after [an agreement] we will have a resolution in the security council … which will be mandatory for all member states, whether Senator Cotton likes it or not”.

And so Congress responded with the Corker legislation. 98 Senators and 400 Representatives passed the bill with the intention of preventing the Obama administration from immediately going to the U.N. after an agreement and making good on Zarif’s boast. President Obama signed the bill. Now the administration is doing exactly what the legislation was designed to prohibit.

de rigueur on July 18, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Can’t watch. And let the bastard in chief try it…… we’ll see who runs this country.

ultracon on July 18, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Obama has spent so much time making friends with our enemies while being disrespectful of our friends that he has no one to count on that will back him up on the sanctions.

His only way of dealing with our friends is to threaten them, just like he has his mouthpiece, John Earnest, making threats now. He never had any experience with negotiations before he became President and he hasn’t developed any negotiating skills since becoming President.

Jay Bee on July 18, 2015 at 1:16 PM

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1191/


Public Law No: 114-17 (05/22/2015)
Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

It is the sense of Congress that:
this Act does not require a vote by Congress for the agreement to commence;

Our congress has abdicated. The executive branch is now in charge.
Good luck to us all.

b4its2lt on July 18, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Jay Bee on July 18, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Lest we forget, “Don’t call my bluff.”

coldwarrior on July 18, 2015 at 1:23 PM

b4its2lt on July 18, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Does “fundamentally change the way we are governed” ring a bell?

coldwarrior on July 18, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Since they aren’t paying a price for what you’re already giving them, what’s the difference?

Another Drew on July 18, 2015 at 1:46 PM

I’m sure our do nothing President, his minions, and the spineless GOP will give TIaloc plenty of more times to use his eyeroll thingy.

Sterling Holobyte on July 18, 2015 at 2:05 AM

How many of those terrorists were Iranian?

None?

Oh. Okay then.

Tlaloc on July 18, 2015 at 1:49 PM

1> We didn’t have a weak hand. Obama showed all the cards.

2> Even after showing all the cards, Iran still wouldn’t play so Obama swapped hands.

3> Even after showing all the cards and then swapping hands, Iran still wouldn’t play. So Obama let them play both hands and kept calling when Iran kept raising.

All Obama had to say was that he’d walk away and let Israel off the chain and we’d have gotten every concession.

Skywise on July 18, 2015 at 2:16 AM

After the Iraq debacle we most certainly had a weak hand. Bush decapitated the biggest counter to Iran and basically handed it over a a client state to the mullahs. At the same time the Iraq war cratered american millingness to intervene overseas.

Israel is not able to do anything to Iran. Did you pay any attention to their failed war with lebanon? They got their asses kicked thoroughly. And Lebanon is not exactly a power house. The only thing Israel could do would be to launch an unprovoked nuclear strike.

And if they do that our response absolutely must be to reduce their nation to glass.

Tlaloc on July 18, 2015 at 1:54 PM

Bush decapitated the biggest counter to Iran and Obama basically handed it over a a client state to the mullahs.

Tlaloc on July 18, 2015 at 1:54 PM

FIFY.

GrumpyOldFart on July 18, 2015 at 2:12 PM

I blame Corker (or is it Dorker) and the incompetent Republicans in Congress. These feeble-minded half wits got rolled by a slightly less feeble-minded half wit.

God help us.

jdflorida on July 18, 2015 at 4:46 PM

‘if the next administration revokes any agreement with the stroke of a pen, as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law”

Let them come and collect on it.

Just LET THEM…

momodoom on July 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM

I STILL don’t understand how congress gets to re-write Constitutional framework on treaties. Under what pre-text do they get to simply ignore their constitutional duty and say this crappy deal gets passed with only 1/3 agreement?

Treaties were set to be 2/3 votes for a reason, because they can lead the country into war. The Senate, as a whole, is edging into treason territory with this political game they are playing that weakens themselves and the country.

All so they can have cover rather than lead.

OpportunityCost on July 18, 2015 at 7:45 PM

How many of those terrorists were Iranian?

None?

Oh. Okay then.

Tlaloc on July 18, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Do you really think that a country with leaders who chant “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” , and promise to “wipe Israel off of the map” wouldn’t nuke either one if they had the chance and ability?

Sterling Holobyte on July 19, 2015 at 3:29 AM

Impeachment Jazz?????? No one in Congress has the balls to impeach this treasonous impostor that is selling us down the river. Congressmen are in violation of their oath of office and need to be removed.

soghornetgunner on July 19, 2015 at 7:37 AM

How many of those terrorists were Iranian?

None?

Oh. Okay then.

Tlaloc on July 18, 2015 at 1:49 PM

.
Irrelevant … the “common denominator” is the goal of establishing a world-wide Islamic caliphate.

listens2glenn on July 19, 2015 at 12:32 PM

The only thing Israel could do would be to launch an unprovoked nuclear strike.

And if they do that our response absolutely must be to reduce their nation to glass.

Tlaloc on July 18, 2015 at 1:54 PM

tlaloc pimping out David Duke’s ME policy once again. Does Duke’s azz taste *that* good, tlaloc?

FOAF on July 19, 2015 at 4:02 PM

I’ve mentioned this elsewhere, but the solution is to vote down the accord, and enact penalties for companies that violate the sanctions under a simple majority using reconciliation, and add significant compounding interest to fines not immediately paid. Also, apply them to any company having dealings with the US either directly or through any of its subsidiaries.

The administration might challenge them in the courts but if it can sow enough uncertainty while all of it is churning through the courts, it can make Iran radioactive for business for a very long time. The administration may think it can simply ignore congress, but it is trivial for Congress to hand the sword of Damocles over any company that plays along.

If the UN isn’t happy with it, I’d love to see them try to enforce it.

Voyager on July 19, 2015 at 11:55 PM

…then in negotiating that horrible deal with Bob Corker that would let the Senate effectively ratify the deal with just 34 votes,…

Are Republicans, Corker, so brain dead they they still believe they can negotiate in good faith with Obama or was this just another ruse like the budget deal to give Obama whatever he wants while posturing as opposing him?

Nomas on July 20, 2015 at 6:27 AM

Aren’t we tired of the lectures and threats from the WH? I say yes.

Amazingoly on July 20, 2015 at 3:07 PM