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Jimmy Carter Was a Better Dealmaker than Obama

EDITOR’S COMMENT: With all due respect. I never expected to ever write or feature a headline like this. But, obviously it just goes to show how truly unbelievably bad this Iran deal is for America. Stop and ask yourself to name one real benefit that the United States gets from this agreement?

By Ed Rogers

As much as the Obama administration tries to put lipstick on this disaster via typical praise from its own hired hands — such as U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power [1] and Secretary of State John Kerry [2]some candid statements from the Iranians highlight the deceit, denial and downright foolishness of what the Obama administration likes to claim is a “historic achievement.”

President Obama now has more than the 34 votes [3] he needs to ensure he would be able to override a congressional vote that rejects the Iran nuclear agreement. Well, he has the votes he needs from the Democrats, but there won’t be many others joining the celebration. This is not much of a victory.

Most recently, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that he did not even want Iran’s parliament to hold a vote on the nuclear agreement, forthrightly announcing that [4], “If the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is sent to (and passed by) parliament, it will create an obligation for the government. . . . . Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?” In other words, Rouhani opposes adding any obligation or legitimacy to the deal. Interesting.

While President Obama was desperately seeking out enough votes from his fellow Democrats to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive, the Iranian president was scoffing at the very notion of doing anything that would strengthen or formalize the agreement.

What a disaster. What should the American people believe? The outright candor from the Iranians about all the things they will and will not do? Or the desperate, untethered statements from the Obama forces, as they try to reassure us not to worry, that they’ve got this?

All of this has reminded me of the intensity that surrounded the Panama Canal Treaty in 1977 and 1978. President Jimmy Carter, who was nothing if not forthright and willing to work hard in Washington, stood up and declared he would return the Panama Canal to Panama via a bold call for a treaty, which would need to pass Congress. With a lot of expert orchestration and by effectively courting leadership from both parties, that treaty passed in the Senate [5] by a vote of 68-to-32. It’s an embarrassing contrast, and Obama’s Iran deal is going to have a much more consequential effect on much more of the world for a much longer time to come. I call it “Obama’s Iran deal” and not “America’s Iran deal,” because by a wide margin [6], Americans are opposed to this agreement, as are their elected representatives.    (my emphasis)

READ all of Ed Rogers’ comments from The Washington Post here [7].

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