The GOP’s Iran Dilemma

Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan

USA – -( From first reactions, it appears that Hill Republicans will be near unanimous in voting a resolution of rejection of the Iran nuclear deal.

They will then vote to override President Obama's veto of their resolution. And if the GOP fails there, Gov. Scott Walker says his first act as president would be to kill the deal.

But before the party commits to abrogating the Iran deal in 2017, the GOP should consider whether it would be committing suicide in 2016.

For even if Congress votes to deny Obama authority to lift U.S. sanctions on Iran, the U.S. will vote to lift sanctions in the U.N. Security Council. And Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, all parties to the deal, will also lift sanctions.

A Congressional vote to kill the Iran deal would thus leave the U.S. isolated, its government humiliated, unable to comply with the pledges its own secretary of state negotiated. Would Americans cheer the GOP for leaving the United States with egg all over its face?

And if Congress refuses to honor the agreement, but Iran complies with all its terms, who among our friends and allies would stand with an obdurate America then?

Israel would applaud, the Saudis perhaps, but who else?

And as foreign companies raced to Iran, and U.S. companies were told to stay out, what would GOP presidential candidates tell the business community?

Would the party campaign in 2016 on a pledge to get tough and impose new sanctions? “Coercive diplomacy,” The Wall Street Journal calls it.

If so, what more would they demand that Iran do? And what would they threaten Iran with, if she replied: We signed a deal. We will honor it. But we will make no new concessions under U.S. threat.

Would we bomb Iran? Would we go to war? Not only would Americans divide on any such action, the world would unite — against us.

And would a Republican president really bomb an Iran that was scrupulously honoring the terms of the John Kerry deal? What would we bomb? All the known Iran nuclear facilities will be crawling with U.N. inspectors.

“Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapons is resolved diplomatically through negotiation or it's resolved through force,” said the president, “Those are the options.”

Is that not pretty much where we are at, even if the GOP does not like it?

Republicans seem to be unable to grasp the changes that have taken place in this century.

Bibi Netanyahu and AIPAC, the Saudis and Gulf Arabs, will demand that Congress kill the Iran deal that Lindsey Graham says is a “death sentence for the State of Israel.” But one trusts that, this time, the GOP will add a dose of salt to what the hysterics are bellowing.

After all, it was Bibi's rants — Iran is hellbent on getting a bomb, is only months away, and military action is needed now to smash the whirling centrifuges — that teed up the talks for Tehran.

All Iran had to do was prove it had no bomb program, which was not difficult, as U.S. intelligence had repeatedly said Iran had no bomb program.

Then the Iranians proved it. They agreed to cut their centrifuges by two-thirds, to eliminate 98 percent of their uranium, to halt production of 20 percent uranium at Fordow, to convert the heavy-water reactor at Arak that produces plutonium to a light water reactor that produces one kilogram a year, and to let cameras in and give U.N. inspectors the run of their nuclear facilities.

And how is Israel, with hundreds of atom bombs, mortally imperiled by a deal that leaves Iran with not a single ounce of bomb-grade uranium?

What does Iran get? What Iran always wanted. Not a bomb which would make Iran a pariah like North Korea and could bring down upon her the same firestorm America delivered to Iraq, but a path to become again the hegemon of the Persian Gulf.

Remarkable. Iran agrees not to build a bomb it had already decided not to build, and we agree to lift all sanctions. And they pulled it off.

What is one or two atom bombs you can't use, without committing national suicide, compared to $100 billion in freed assets and a welcome mat back to the community of nations.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 11 thoughts on “The GOP’s Iran Dilemma

    1. I don’t give a damn about the middle east, and especially Iran. They can fight among themselves for decades to come.
      I just want to close our broders, and protect our country. I am so f-ing tired of the middle east somehow controling our news and government. I don’t know who is using who in this war of words. If it were my deal, I would nuke the whole damn bunch today. I am in no way in favor of the so called one world government that the liberals want to put us in. I am in favor of the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, that we are currently under. We have tried for so many decates to fix the worlds problems, and we have neglected our own country. Our infrastructure is falling apart, all those tax dollars wasted could make one hell of a dent in that problem. Our government is giving away our country. Are we going to let this happen? God help us all. We need his help today.

    2. Mr. Buchanan, thank you once again for your insight. I cannot debate you on the finer points. But I believe an agreement between these Allah zealots and anyone is a success. I continue to believe that the US should evacuate the entire Mideast of all personnel and US citizens. Let the crazy sons of you know what kill each other.

    3. Buchanan is over looking two things. Iran isn’t getting rid of its uranium. It’s just converting it to an oxide form and we’ll pretend it doesn’t exist. The real issue is time to get its missile program working. Once Iran is at the point where it can hit targets accurately in the 500 to 1000 mile range, it only needs to add low yield warheads and it can keep any US carrier fleet out of range of any conflict it engages in.

    4. Buchanan, you’re an idiot! Only point I’m going to make is this; Iran WILL NOT ALLOW ANY INSPECTIONS…PERIOD So how many inspectors are we going to kill by bombing their plants??? ZERO
      Why don’t you go help McCain change his depends…

    5. Pat Buchanan got it right – Iran sends over 1 nuke to Israel and kills 30,000 – Israel responds and launches 10 – Iran totally destroyed – millions die – to what end ( if that were to occur that eliminates the “Iran problem” ). Use your common sense – as Pat said ” it would be national suicide” – Iran leaders are not stupid – give a break!

    6. Hey Vincent,
      You are right, even though I respect Mr. Buchanan, he does not understand these financial and their cause. Israel and true students of the Last day biblical events do.

    7. It is a mistake to believe they will not use the bombs.

      If you study Islamic teachings you will find that they believe Allah will enter the fight and ensure world victory for Islam only when Muslims are faced with total defeat with out Allah’s intervention.

      Using the bomb will put them in the exact situation that Islam teaches will lead to Islam’s domination of the world.

    8. ‘The GOP has all been bought and paid for by the Israeli lobby’. Great! Folks supporting Israel are not ‘traitors’, they are patriots. How many suicide bombers and terrorists are Jews from Israel? Robert, THINK before you post and have an adult check your work before posting.

    9. The GOP is now viewed as the party of traitors against the US with its new defacto leaders Netanyahu and Sheldon Adelson. The GOP has all been bought and paid for by the Israeli lobby. The GOP wants the US in a war with Iran on Israel’s behalf and this will finish them for 2016.

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