“The first thing we do, let’s kill the Iran deal.” — Dick the Butcher in Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, Scene ii, 73.
A paraphrase, but it ought to be the first line of House Speaker John Boehner and likely Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s joint agenda for January 2015.
A new law dismembering any executive agreement with Iran would be a historic and noble achievement. Any “deal” reached by Secretary of State John Kerry with Grand Ayatollah Khamenei about the Islamic Republic of Iran’s intentions regarding nuclear weapons will be a charade, a vast appeasement. President Obama dare not submit it to the Congress as a treaty, so the Congress should kill it as an “executive agreement” and re-impose sanctions, making them tougher than ever before, in fact.
With such actions in its first week, the 114th could become a Congress known to understand the world in which it works as well as the president with whom it works as a separate but equal branch, and one which knows as well it’s most important priorities.
I interviewed Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., on Friday about the potential that just such a serious, important step could come from the 114th, and the transcripts and audio of both conversations are posted at HughHewitt.com. I urge you to read and/or listen to both and begin now to urge your own representatives to join in the effort to repudiate America’s Munich now.
Both men believe that such a law could pass, and Pompeo believes it could be passed over the president’s veto.
“When you look at the Iranian resolutions that we’ve put on the House floor, we’re talking about numbers in the 350-380 [votes] range consistently,” Pompeo told me.
“It is widely acknowledged that releasing the pressure from the ayatollahs only does harm to America,” he continued. “This isn’t a partisan view. This isn’t a neocon view or a hawkish view. This is a common sense view. The President is way out of the mainstream. And I am convinced that as this president moves down the path he’s headed with his, he calls it an agreement, I call it a complete capitulation, that Congress broadly, not just Republicans, will push back against it, and continue to try and place pressure on the Iranian regime.”
If the new Congress did nothing else but kill the Iran “deal,” it would have already distinguished itself from the vast majority of Congresses that, if remembered at all, are done so as at best “a junior partner,” at worst as a butt of jokes, but usually as a bit player in history’s march.
Killing an Obama-Kerry deal with the mad mullahs and the evil regime they lead would mark the 114th Congress as among the best of modern Congresses, and the opposite of its craven counterpart of 40 years ago, the 94th Congress, which abandoned Vietnam and Cambodia to their fates, the latter of which included genocide, the former only the hundreds of thousands of refugees and tens of thousands of executions.
There are many others things for the 114th to do, including the rebuilding of the military, the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, the construction of “The Fence.”
But first, and fast, it should send the message to Iran that no matter how gullible and/or weak our president and secretary of state, the country is not fooled, and it is not abandoning Israel, our other allies, or ourselves to their evil ambitions.
This column was originally posted on WashingtonExaminer.com.