Everything the Administration does or says between now and the announcement of the one-sided agreement ought to be understood through the lens of president who understands that it will be truly a massively unpopular agreement that will have “appeasement” and “Chamberlain” on the lips of many on the Hill and millions across the country. He began preparing the rhetorical battlefield last week. Expect more to follow.
The GOP’s 2016 candidates should be out now urging Congress to pass renewed sanctions on Iran and urging the president not to continue down this path. The field is crowded and very competitive, and the candidates are not separated by much on any of these issues. The one who steps up and out on Iran will be earning some much deserved attention and support. There is debate over whether Iran is poised to achieve ICBM capability, but their is little debate anymore about what it aims to achieve in the U.S.-Iran negotiations or the fact that it is getting everything it wants from a U.S. team that continues to heap concession upon concession. Secretary of State Kerry’s declaration on Meet The Press yesterday that negotiations must be concluded by the end of March seems certain to cue the last round of capitulation by the U.S. in order to achieve an agreement before the Congress can act to scuttle one. The Senate has the lead here in stopping this agreement, and the dueling approaches have to be reconciled and an obstacle erected to this one-sided empowerment of the world’s leading state-sponsor of terror.