It’s difficult to imagine the average American understanding what goes on in the three branches of federal government. We’ve tried for years, and we still don’t get it.
For example, what is there about providing health insurance for millions of Americans who otherwise couldn’t afford it, that has gotten so thoroughly under the skin of congressional Republicans?
What do members of Congress not understand about the need to restructure this nation’s immigration policies? The policies we have now prohibit people from entering our country illegally, yet millions do with virtual impunity while Congress and previous presidential administrations simply look the other way.
There are, in fact, too many mysteries involving federal lawmakers, presidents and judges to list in this space. But now, we can add another mystery to the list — why would mostly Republicans in Congress not want Iran to agree to forego building a nuclear weapon?
Before you head off to your typewriter or computer to fire off a letter to the editor telling us it’s because Americans don’t trust Iran’s leaders, we agree with that theory. Iran has proven over the years that it is anyting but a fan of American politics and culture, and hit an apex of distrust in the Iran hostage crisis that torpedoed the administration of President Carter.
But the behavior of GOP leaders with regard to the Obama administration’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran is truly baffling. The latest twist is that 47 Republicans in the U.S. Senate have signed an open letter to Iran’s leaders, warning that if they agree to such a deal with President Obama, it will be rescinded the moment Obama leaves office.
You have to admire the GOP’s brass, on several levels.
First, such a letter assumes the man or woman who succeeds Obama in January 2017 will be as ardently anti-Iran as Republican leaders appear to be. Assuming a far-right candidate is not the GOP choice to run in the 2016 presidential race, there is a strong possibility that if a Republican wins the White House, he or she will not be anti-Iran.
Second, why would Republicans want to halt a nuclear pact with Iran? Do they want that nation to have nuclear weapons, and if so, to what purpose?
Maybe we’re missing something here, but it seems just common sense to forge a deal that would prevent Iran from having and using the kind of weapon, especially one that could instantly render that region of the planet politically unstable. Iran having nuclear warfare capability could make what is already a grim situation exponentially worse.
OK, so GOP leaders in Congress don’t trust the Iranian leadership. That is not a recent development — and certainly not reason enough to prevent the United States from brokering a deal that could help prevent World War III.
Perhaps Republicans are protesting an agreement to show support for U.S. ally Israel, whose prime minister made an impassioned plea against such a bargain in a recent stop on the Israeli campaign trail that just happened to take place in America.
The GOP senators’ letter chastised President Obama for navigating around Congress in negotiations with Iran. Maybe that’s what has Republican noses so out of joint. The simple solution to that would be for Congress to join the Obama administration in such talks, which for purely political reasons, its majority will not do.
We get it now. It’s all about the politics.
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