I have no idea what will eventually happen with this deal regarding Iran’s quest for nuclear power. (Actually, I freely admit to having no more knowledge about it than the next average Joe Citizen.) But I do have some observations. Why are you not surprised?
The same people who were opposed to even discussing matters to start with were immediately on their soap boxes last week to denounce it the moment a deal was announced. Netanyahu, McCain, Boehner, McConnell, and a plethora of Republican candidates for President put forth vehement criticism BEFORE they or any of their staffers could possibly have read the document!
(And Hillary Clinton was out there with a carefully phrased cautionary word as well—apparently she wants to put distance between herself and the administration she once served.)
Is anyone else disgusted by so-called “leaders” who are so quick to vote in the forum of public opinion (or try to shape public opinion) before they have spent any time researching an issue? Don’t get me wrong: It goes on on both sides of the aisle. (“Well, the bill was 2,000 pages long! I can’t be expected to read all that. So I do what my party leaders tell me to do.” Oh. And is that what your constituents put you in office to do?)
But I stray from the issue of a nuclear arms deal with Iran. His opponents are quick to sneer at President Obama and label him an “appeaser” as though he were a modern day Chamberlain at Munich. I prefer to think negotiations fall more into the tradition of an earlier (Republican) President: “Speak softly but carry a big stick” (the “big stick” in the current situation being America’s military and economic might).
And who’s to argue that the stick might be used—or threatened continuously—Netanyahu and McCain notwithstanding? That constant rattling of bombs is getting tiresome. Would someone please inform the Prime Minister of Israel that he is not the POTUS? And while you’re at it, remind McCain that he lost the election.
Meanwhile, I would be very interested in seeing an objective analysis of that deal—in, say, Foreign Affairs magazine or even the Atlantic.