President Obama is ramping up the pressure on Congress to approve the dung sandwich known as the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. His latest move as predicted by IranTruth on Tuesday is to go around congress and having the United Nations approve the removal of sanctions per the schedule in the deal.
In his announcement of the deal yesterday, Obama gave a passive/aggressive warning to congress, which basically said, I want you to debate the deal as long as you end up agreeing with me:
…on such a tough issue, it is important that the American people and their representatives in Congress get a full opportunity to review the deal. After all, the details matter. And we’ve had some of the finest nuclear scientists in the world working through those details. And we’re dealing with a country — Iran — that has been a sworn adversary of the United States for over 35 years. So I welcome a robust debate in Congress on this issue, and I welcome scrutiny of the details of this agreement.
But I will remind Congress that you don’t make deals like this with your friends. We negotiated arms control agreements with the Soviet Union when that nation was committed to our destruction. And those agreements ultimately made us safer.
I am confident that this deal will meet the national security interest of the United States and our allies. So I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal.
Next week he will add to the pressure on congress by having the U.N. Security Council vote to remove the sanctions on Iran. According to Reuters, the vote will take place next week:
The United States will circulate the draft resolution to the 15-member Security Council on Wednesday, U.N. diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
(…) The U.N. Security Council resolution would terminate its seven previous resolutions on Iran, but under the Vienna deal it would leave a U.N. weapons embargo in place for five years and a ban on buying missile technology for eight years.
The five permanent veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council – the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France – were parties to the deal agreed with Iran in Vienna, along with Germany and the European Union.
The U.N. resolution to endorse the deal would also enshrine a mechanism for all Security Council sanctions to be automatically re-imposed if Iran breaches the deal.
With the Security Council lifting the sanctions (the resolution will most certainly pass) the congressional vote becomes much less meaningful. While some of the sanctions were imposed by the United States, the U.N. Security Council imposed many of the most damaging ones.
When the Security Council sanctions are lifted, the congressional ones would remain in place. However it is up to the Obama administration’s Treasury Department to enforce those sanctions. With this president’s proclivity to ignore congress (like his executive fiat about illegal immigration), it is unlikely that Treasury will continue to enforce sanctions if the U.N. resolution is passed and congress votes down the deal—at least for the remainder of Barack Obama’s term in office.
Going around congress was not only a pre-planned part of this fraudulent deal to help its passage but also to make the congressional vote meaningless if congress dares to think on its own.
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