Obama's Iran Deal Will Survive As 34th Senator Announces Support
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) gives the president the votes he needs to beat back legislation to kill the deal.
WASHINGTON -- A nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers that promises to fundamentally alter the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East and beyond will not die in the U.S. Congress.
On Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced that she would support the agreement, becoming the 34th member of the Senate to do so. In offering her backing, Mikulski, who is retiring in 2016, assured that President Barack Obama will dodge a Republican-led effort to kill the deal. Although a resolution of disapproval may still pass the chamber, the White House now has the necessary support to sustain a presidential veto of said resolution.
“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb," said the Senator in a statement. "For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal. However, Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel.”
With the deal now seemingly safe from congressional torpedoing, Obama has both notched one of the most significant nuclear non-proliferation agreements in history and cemented a foreign policy legacy of robust diplomatic engagement. Whether that legacy turns out sterling or sour will be determined well beyond the end date of his presidency.
Under the deal, Iran would be subjected to comprehensive inspections on its nuclear program and forced to reduce current uranium stockpiles and the number of its centrifuges. In exchange, it will be granted sanctions relief estimated to be anywhere between $50 billion and $150 billion. But the deal phases out between years 10 and 15, albeit with Iran still forced to provide some access for inspections for another 10 years thereafter. And even for supporters of the initiative, concerns remain about the possibilities of a quick military breakout once restrictions ease.
"That's the core concern," Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said in an interview with The
Washington Post when announcing his support for the deal Tuesday. "All they've got to do is be really patient."
Faced with this pushback, the administration has implored lawmakers to consider the alternative, in which no restrictions are placed on Iran and the world community is unwilling to rework the accord. A briefing between ambassadors and officials from the other countries party to the deal -- in which they articulated their reluctance to head back to the negotiating table -- was highly persuasive to several Democratic senators.
While the passage of the deal is now secure, its long-term viability is not. Nearly all of the Republican presidential candidates have pledged to end the deal should they win the office. And though that seems to be more of a campaign applause line than thought-out foreign policy, the politics of the accord are difficult to predict or interpret. Public opinion polls in July alone showed support varying from 33 percent to 56 percent.
Opponents have been better funded, running millions of dollars in television ads during the August recess to convince Democrats to jump ship. But that campaign has had, seemingly, only a marginal effect.
So far just two Senate Democrats have announced their opposition. And both Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) were seen as skeptics of the deal from the outset. That said, Democrats could find themselves in an odd proposition in which the vast majority of the party supports the deal except their incoming Senate leader (Schumer) their likely next House leader (Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland remains undecided) and the chair of the Democratic National Committee (Rep. Debbie
Wasserman Schultz of Florida is undecided too).
That could explain the timing of Mikulski's announcement. The Maryland Democrat is a strong symbolic choice to bring the vote tally for the agreement to the critical 34. She is the chamber's longest-serving female member and a prominent Israel supporter -- the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which has lobbied heavily against the deal, called her "a stalwart supporter of the U.S.-Israel relationship." And her backing could foreshadow forthcoming support from another critical member: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a fellow Marylander who is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Indeed, at this juncture, Democratic leadership is gunning to get to 40 supportive members, which would prevent a resolution of disapproval from even making it to Obama's desk, should they choose to filibuster it.
It is a wonderful morning not only for the US but for the entire world that world was saved from a third world war for which the Israel’s ruffian bastard of the Nazi’s blood sons the Zionists were itching to wage a war similar to Iraq war.
These bastard Zionists the Nazi’s bastards sons tried the same technique as they did to allure G W Bush to wage the Iraq war.
This time the US President swayed away Israel’s winning on Iran deal and trying to force US to go on a war with Iran that would engulf the rest of the super powers to engage and a Third world war would invariably take place and massacre innocent human beings of the world during the war irrespective of for and or against party.
The Bastard son of a Nazi Netanyahu repeatedly used various means to cow down the US President to agree to the proposal but like an iron man very coolly waved off all the threats of legal pressure by US lawmakers to the extent of treachery by this mother fucker scoundrel Netanyahu in collusion with the Speaker of the US house of congress Boehner.
These rascals arranged a special conference with the support of both ZIONIST supporters of both the parties to cow down the US President but in vain.
The President to save the facial image of the of US has yet not taken any legal actions against the Speaker Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch MacCnel and Netanyahu for physically infiltrated in US'S internal matter in collusion of the Speaker of the house of the congress to foment hate against the US President's decision to proceed with nuclear deal with Iran that would provide better safety to the world including Israel instead of waging war.
Both the speaker and Senate majority Leader for committal of criminal act in violation of the US constitution AND ABETTING TERRORISM AND TREACHERY WITH THE NATION .
AND NETANYAHU FOR VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW TO DESTABILIZE THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY IN VIOLATION OF ALL INTERNATIONAL LAWS TANTAMOUNT TO TERRORISM.
From the above short brief it would transpire that this PM of the Israel is inhuman and must be dragged to ICC Hague for trial as soon as possible for the horrible genocide he committed in Palestine with his cabinet members and armed forces official without fail.
It would be a weakness for such a brave US President to leave mad dogs on the streets of the world to bite the innocents human beings and kill them with hydrophobia decease.
It would be only rational to deal with him in custody of ICC. As is being done to others of different countries.
This time the world community of nations wants to see Justice done by the lone Super power and no more injustice and use of veto power injustice in particular.
At the end the World Community of Nations would till the end of the world remember with heartfelt gratitude and Thanks you Mr. President Barak Hussain OBAMA for doing the JOB to have saved the world which none would be able to do except killing.
THANKS A LOT PRESIDENT.
Thank you Lady Senator Barbara Mikulski, Bob Casey and Chris Coon for your wise support to the President to save the world This is an unforgettable team work of the Democrats to be remembered for centuries to come.