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.