Tuesday, July 21, 2015

International House Of Whinecakes

Republicans have been outmaneuvered by President Obama and the United Nations on Iran, and they are very very angry about it.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) slammed the Obama administration on Monday for backing a United Nations's vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, citing "bipartisan skepticism" of the deal in Congress. 
“It is inappropriate to commit the United States to meet certain international obligations without even knowing if Congress and the American people approve or disapprove of the Iran agreement," the Tennessee Republican said. "There is bipartisan skepticism about whether this deal can prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and bipartisan concern over allowing the leading exporter of terrorism access to well over $100 billion in cash." 
The chairman of the influential committee added that "the administration's decision to endorse this agreement at the U.N. prior to a vote in Congress on behalf of the American people is contrary to the spirit of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act." 
His comments came after the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed the Iran nuclear deal earlier Monday in a 15-0 vote.

Nice to know that 1) Congressional Republicans believe themselves smarter and more informed than the entire UN Security Council, and 2) that these snotheads thought the UN Ambassador was going to veto the bill because the GOP hasn't quite finished pitching a fit over something they can't do anything about.

The move threatens to antagonize a handful of Senate Republicans, including Corker, who are undecided on the deal, as well as key Democrats who remain skeptical. The vote has also drawn backlash from all corners of the Republican conference, uniting leadership and the party's 2016 candidates.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the majority whip, called the administration's backing of the vote "an affront to the American people."

"The administration is more concerned about jamming this deal through than allowing the scrutiny it deserves," the Texas Republican said. "Congress will carefully examine this agreement and, regardless of what the U.N. believes, vote it down if it jeopardizes American security and paves the way for a nuclear-armed Iran.” 
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is running for president, also called the vote "an affront to the American people," addng that it is "further evidence of a weak president trying to sell a bad deal."

Yes, a 15-0 UN Security Council unanimous vote indicates a "weak president trying to sell a bad deal" alright.  Or maybe everyone realized that the GOP was going to try to wreck the deal regardless, and rightfully the Security Council ignored them.

During the closed-door talks in Vienna on limiting Iran’s nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry argued that theUnited Nations Security Council should not vote on lifting sanctions on Iran until Congress had a chance to review the deal. 
But he ran into a wall of opposition from Iran, Russia and even the United States’ closest European allies, who argued successfully that Security Council action should come first, according to Western officials.

Clowns, these GOP members of Congress. You lost, shut up, go home.  Even 41% of Republican voters back the Iran deal. I guess they're stupid and want us to die in a nuclear holocaust too, huh?

Naah, it's all a tantrum that in the end, signifies nothing.


West_of_the_Cascades said...

Wow -- a guy polling at 0.8% in the GOP primary calls President Obama "weak." The fact that not a single one of the GOP candidates sees that 41% of GOP supporters of the deal as a way to distinguish him/herself from the screeching masses is pretty telling. It's going to be a long, miserable 16 months.

Horace Boothroyd III said...

[Republicans] who are undecided on the deal

Those guys are such comediens. Do they actually think they are fooling anyone with their hamfisted misdirections, or do they simply count on their audience being as gullible as the crowd at a Sanderista weenie roast.

Horace Boothroyd III said...

The truly scary part about this is, which ever clown eats his way to the top of the car has a non trivial chance of winning the big prize. The Republicans may be evil and inept at governance, but they have an undeniable low animal cunning with respect to advertising and have done a fiendishly good job of taking back the House and Senate in long term positional warfare. If the economy tanks next July, the "throw the bums out" sentiment from the low information cheap seats may be enough to put the Republicans in charge of every damned branch of the federal government - at which point we will all be well and truly screwed, comforted only by our memories of progressive true believers who finally got a chance to vote "for" someone instead of "against" someone.

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