367 members of the House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to Obama dated March 20, warning him that Congress wishes to evaluate any agreement reached by his administration with Iran. The letter reminded him that they can refuse to roll back any sanctions on the rogue nation.
Numerous issues were cited in the letter, such as the Iran-backed Houthis that supplanted the Yemeni government, or the issue of Hezbollah continuing to threaten Israel, their continued assistance to Assad in Syria, all of which provides a basis for distrust.
Not trusting Iran
“Iran’s record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. Indeed, a top State Department negotiator has told Congress that, “deception is part of [Iran’s] DNA.” Even during the period of negotiations, Iran has illicitly procured nuclear technology, which your Administration quickly sanctioned. Additionally, because of the strict inspection regime under the Joint Plan of Action, Tehran was caught testing a more advanced centrifuge that would have helped produce bomb material more quickly.”
The letter follows another letter signed by 47 Senators that was sent directly to Iran, warning them that any agreement made by this Administration could be removed by the next President. That letter to Iran garnered deep criticism, and prompted a petition on the White House website calling for those 47 Senators to be tried for treason. Of course, since the President has committed numerous acts of treason, that wouldn’t go very far.
MSM noticing the problem
Even the media is apprehensive about Obama’s new “BFF.” CNN‘s White House correspondent Jim Acosta asked Press Secretary Josh Earnest a pointed question:
“Over the weekend, Ayatollah Khomeini gave a speech. And during that speech, there were people in the crowd chanting ‘Death to America’ and the Ayatollah responded back to them according to various translations, ‘Of course, Death to America.’ Do those comments give this White House any pause about moving forward with a nuclear deal with that country?”
When he got an answer that skirted the issue, he pressed further: “And you feel like you can negotiate in good faith with a Supreme Leader who is calling for “Death to America?”
The Press Secretary responded, “Jim, what we have seen is — we have seen the Iranians sit down at the negotiating table and demonstrate a willingness to have constructive conversations.”
Iran’s willingness is superficial
The White House believes that Iran is Obama’s best friend in the region. He has gone to great lengths to move against Israel on various fronts. He’s delusional or methodical, one or the other.
The House letter shows us all hope that at least some members of Congress are not fooled by Iran’s pretend participation in the nuclear talks. There are 367 signatures on the letter from both parties. If Obama sidesteps this letter, there may be some major shakeups in response.
“Should an agreement with Iran be reached, permanent sanctions relief from congressionally-mandated sanctions would require new legislation. In reviewing such an agreement, Congress must be convinced that its terms foreclose any pathway to a bomb, and only then will Congress be able to consider permanent sanctions relief…” Congressional letter