Iran Obama


The tyrant has spoken.


This whole farce is the result of the U.S. Senate abdicating it’s constitutional role of treaty approving or rejecting treaties. No singular person (the president) can enter into treaties all by himself, the consent of the senate is paramount.

Omri Ceren: Yesterday the Obama administration confirmed that it intends to ice Congress out of having a voice on the Iran deal by going to the United Nations. This scenario is specifically what the Corker legislation was designed to block: it was a reaction to repeated boasts from Iranian FM Zarif where he bragged that the United Nations would force Congress to drop sanctions whether it wants to or not. The President then signed that legislation, but is going to the U.N. to do an end-run around Congress anyway.

This is going about as well as you’d expect. To give you a taste of the last 36 hours of DC-based coverage:

Senators balk at UN action on Iran — The Hill [1]
Congress balks at Obama’s UN move on Iran deal — Politico [2]
Congress Leaders Ask White House To Delay UN Vote on Iran Deal — JTA [3]
Obama Turns to U.N. to Outmaneuver Congress: Washington is working on a new Security Council resolution making the nuclear deal legally binding on the next president [4]
Obama’s U.N. plan backfires in Congress — Washington Examiner [5]

And then there’s this from Iran’s state-controlled media:

GOP senator urges Obama to delay UN vote on Iran until Congress review — PressTV (!!) [6]

The framing is interesting. It casts the battle as “Republicans vs. Democrats” as opposed to “Congress vs. Obama.” It’s also false. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer just sent the following around to half of Washington DC:

Hoyer: U.N. Security Council Vote Should Wait for Congressional Review Period
For Immediate Release: July 17, 2015
Contact: Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of the letter by Senators Cardin and Corker urging President Obama to delay the U.N. Security Council’s vote on the Iran deal until after Congress has reviewed the agreement: “I agree with Senators Cardin and Corker that the U.N. Security Council should wait to move ahead with a resolution implementing parts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action until after Congress has completed its review of the agreement with Iran. I believe that waiting to go to the United Nations until such time as Congress has acted would be consistent with the intent and substance of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.” [7]

TT: Steny Hoyer (lower house), and the rest of the numbskulls of the senate have their thumbprints all over this, they refused to act like they should have, and treated the agreement as a treaty, then voted up or down on it, instead, they all played along with Obama and now yell fire after repeated calls by others (like radio host and constitutional scholar Mark Levin) that they were gutting their own institution, handing their own constitutional power over to the presidency. Obama can’t call a treaty (an official agreement with a foreign power) by another name to skirt the constitution, but that is exactly what he’s done in the face of a feckless, moronic senate.

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