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Democrats Put Obama’s Iran Appeasement Above National Security

Democrats Put Obama’s Iran Appeasement Above National Security

Congressional Democrats are scuttling an Iran sanctions bill.

The disastrous JCPOA and President Obama’s political compulsion to hide Iranian wrong-doing have infected the entire Democratic Party.  Instead of responding to Iran’s support for terrorism and violations of its international commitments by imposing penalties, President Obama – and now his Democratic allies in Congress – are running cover.

David Gerstmen wrote last month that “Obama’s Passivity in Face of Aggression Puts Iran in Driver’s Seat” and

in October, Iran tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile that was later determined by the United Nations to have been in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929.  The administration, in response to Congressional pressure, was set to impose new sanctions on Iran at the end of 2015, but retreated when threatened by Iran.

Rather than leave Obama exposed to more embarrassment if he has to veto or block an Iran sanctions bill, Senate Democrats are trying to do the work for him.  According to The Hill:

An early push in the Senate to pass new sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile program is threatening to divide Democrats.

While lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are still hashing out the specifics, the issue is already splitting Democrats into two camps: Lawmakers who believe recent sanctions from President Obama go far enough and those who think Congress needs to further crackdown on Iran.

The House has already passed legislation – twice – to constrain the President, and Democrats lacked the numbers to block the bill despite their best efforts:

Legislation to prevent the Obama administration from lifting sanctions on Iranian entities unless it certifies they aren’t affiliated with terrorism or ballistic missile development technically already passed in the House last month. . . .

On Tuesday, the bill[ again] . . . passed largely along party lines on a vote of 246-181. All but three Democrats opposed the measure.

(Emphasis added.)

There are seven years of evidence that the President is weak and myopic on international relations.  There is a place for party loyalty, but it is past time for Congressional Democrats to put the country first and party second.

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Comments

Henry Hawkins | February 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm

The Democrat Party has to put their party first and our country second to stay competitive with the Republican Party.

Obama is a Muslim. And his first loyalty is to Islam.

    Milhouse in reply to McAllister. | February 4, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Don’t be silly. Saying obvious falsehoods like that just discredits anything else you have to say. He’s not a Moslem, any more than he’s a Xian. His first, last, and only loyalty is to himself. If there’s a country he actually admires in the world, it’s probably Cuba.

This is not just the Democrats. This bill will never go to the President. This is just a show vote. Both McConnell and Ryan told us they will not oppose any part of Obama’s agenda. They even told their base to shut their mouths.
If anyone can explain what type of government we live now live under, I would like to know.
America as a nation no longer exists.

    Milhouse in reply to catscradle. | February 4, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Both McConnell and Ryan told us they will not oppose any part of Obama’s agenda.

    No, they didn’t. Stop making things up. And it is just the Democrats. I’ll bet every Republican will vote for this. The only question is whether it gets enough Democrats to break a filibuster.

    stevewhitemd in reply to catscradle. | February 4, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Dude, did you look at the House vote? All the R’s voted in favor. Senate hasn’t voted yet but you’re at least half-wrong.

    Estragon in reply to catscradle. | February 5, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Dumbass Sturmtrumper.

The scummy Rs will support the scummy Ds…business as usual as long as both rake in $$$ from the Saudis.

The dems will never put the country first. It will always be placing the party first so that the perks of that loyalty will keep getting them reelected. They can’t line their pockets if they get tossed out of office. Oh and that self-interest isn’t just limited to the dems either.

Silly me, I thought the Republicans controlled congress.

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