President Obama’s nuclear deal caused the Republican Party to lose a lot of sleep when it first went public in April. They were strongly against it then, with some Republicans going so far as to undercut the President’s efforts.
And a month later, they’re still against it. GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry, after announcing yet another run at the White House on Thursday, said that he would immediately “rescind” any deal Obama made with Iran regarding the nuclear program.
Because nothing says “work with us” like “any deal we don’t like we’re just going to ignore in 4-8 years’ time.”
The Iran Deal
When initial coverage of the deal ran, President Obama pitched it as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to help curb nuclear proliferation and “our best bet.”
The preliminary deal was announced at the beginning of April; in it, the United States, Iran, and five other world powers laid out a “specific and comprehensive understanding on limiting Tehran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years.”
It was the capstone on two years of negotiations. The plan ultimately allows Iran to keep its nuclear facilities open, but with strict production limits. The deal also opens up the possibility of furthering Iranian-American Relations, which have been at an impasse for roughly 35 years.
Rick Perry stands against the deal
Perry, however, doesn’t think working closer with Iran is a good thing.
“My very first act as president will be to rescind any agreement with Iran that legitimizes their quest to get a nuclear weapon,” Perry said.
Perry, who is currently under indictment for a criminal case in Texas alleging he illegally threatened to veto funding for a public integrity unit if the head of the department didn’t resign, directed the biggest attack lines from his speech at Obama’s Middle East policies.
“No decision has done more harm,” Perry said, “Than the president’s withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.” He continued:
Let no one be mistaken, leaders of both parties have made grave mistakes in Iraq. But in January 2009 – when Barack Obama became commander-in-chief – Iraq had been largely pacified. America had won the war. But our president failed to secure the peace.
Perry’s remarks simply echo those in the letter drafted by freshman Senator Tom Cotton to Iran’s leaders. The letter, which was signed by 47 Republican senators, was an attempt to undermine Obama and the legitimacy of the deal by telling Iran they could not trust our foreign policy.
Perry was one of the few who supported it.
Of course, the basic message here is that the world should not trust the United States, since we could, at any time, just throw out any deal we disagree with. The result, of course, would be the effective nullification of every treaty we never made.
But that single sentence right there puts more thought into the problem than Perry’s entire body of political speeches could ever hope to.
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