Leave Politics Out of It

Yesterday, President Obama addressed the nation to announce that P5+1 negotiators had secured a framework for a deal with Iran that would keep that nation from developing a nuclear weapon.

If fully realized, this deal could be transformative and reshape the dynamics that have made the Middle East the powder keg that it has been for a generation.   It paves the way for increased cooperation with Iran, particularly in combatting destabilizing influences like ISIS.

It’s a big deal that could even lead to a second Nobel Peace Prize for Obama, perhaps the realization of the potential embodied in his first one.  But more importantly, it may keep us out of another catastrophic war.

In announcing the agreement, Obama practically begged the GOP leadership in Congress to not interfere with the agreement.  Sadly, it appears that this Congress is unwilling to respect this President and will insist on interfering, putting at risk, not just the nuclear framework, but the credibility of the United States as a reliable, honest broker when it comes to international agreements.

This needs to stop, and it needs to stop now.  There is a time and a place for politics, but there is a reason the Constitution gives the President and not Congress authority over foreign policy.    Foreign countries need to know that when they negotiate with the President, they are  negotiating with the one person who is authorized by the American people, through the electoral process, to speak for America.

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I'm a Christian, American, liberal, geeky, thoughtful, Northwest-transplanted Angeleno husband, father, and pundit who writes about anything he can think of.
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2 Responses to Leave Politics Out of It

  1. Blunderdad says:

    I’ve always considered myself a conservative, but less and less so in the last couple of years. I know politics involves shooting holes in the ideas and decisions of your opponent, but the conservative right has taken this to new and ridiculous levels.

    The treaty with Iran is an important step to changing the tempo of our relations with the Middle East. Even if it fails in the long run (which I’m hopeful it won’t), it is planting the idea that good behavior is rewarded in the world. I can’t help but think that the improvement to their economy will inspire many Iranians to want to get along with the rest of the world.

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks for the comment. And I agree that even if v the Iran deal b ultimately falls through, it’s better to try for a peaceful solution than to just dish into needless conflict.

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