• Message from Congress to the President: ‘We don’t trust you’

    The President in his State of the Union Address told Congress, “If you pass sanctions against Iran, I will veto them.”

    The President believes that passing of sanctions by Congress will undermine his talks on nuclear reduction with Iran. The talks of the 5+1 with Iran have been extended on two previous occasions. President Obama promised Congress after the first failure that if Iran did not come to terms with the second session that he would recommend reviving the sanctions.  When the talks failed in November they were extended to June 2015 and the President made no recommendations to re-impose the sanctions. All the President wants is one more chance to get an accord.

    Based on the Presidents overall lack of success in foreign policy it is no wonder why the Congress does not trust President Obama. The administration announced on the 12th of January that Iran will have received a total of $11.9 billion in cash assets by the end of June if current releases continue on pace as scheduled.

    The mistrust on the part of Congress came to the forefront when on the 14th of January, the day negotiations resumed in Geneva, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran would be expanding its nuclear infrastructure by building two new civilian nuclear energy plants at its Bushehr facility. It is clear that the Iranian government has used the stalled talks to continue to expand their nuclear capabilities. With the lifting of the sanctions Iran has had the freedom to get closer to having a bomb.

    This is an example of the naiveté of the President and his team. He wants to believe what the Iranians say even though time after time they have lied. This lack of trust is based on the President’s example; it is why the Congress and many Americans don’t believe the President on many issues.

    The President is clearly wrong when he states that his power in the negotiations will be diminished if the Congress passes the sanctions even on a stand by basis. All he has to say to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the American people have spoken through their elected leaders, “If you don’t come to terms their will be sanctions.” If you think about it, hasn’t the reinstating of the sanctions been on the table since the start of the talks. The President doesn’t want Congress involved in the deal, his narcissism is at play, and if there is a deal to be had it has to be his deal. Clearly the reaction by the White House to Speaker Boehner invitation to Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of the Congress is very negative. The Congress is striking back to recoup some of the powers that have been taken by the President and I’m sure Obama is furious and unwilling to give any of that power back.

    The challenge for the President is that this idea of new sanctions has broad bipartisan support. We may well be in for a showdown between the President and the Congress, if Congress passes the bill and the President vetoes it before Netanyahu arrives. What will the President representatives do at the bargaining   table if the Congress overrides his veto?  Will he choose to ignore the Constitution? Will he issue an Executive Order over riding the Veto over ride?

    For now the Speaker of the House has taken impeachment off the table, and the President believes, they will not impeach him, but if the President ignores the law passed by the Congress, then he is failing to uphold his oath of office. If the President vetoes the bill, and his veto is over ridden, then expect reports in the media of a visit to the White House by the Democratic leadership to tell the President to uphold his oath or he will be impeached and they will support the impeachment.

    One last point on impeachment, never say never.

    Dan Perkins

    Dan Perkins is a novelist who has written a trilogy on a terrorist attack against the United States. The Brotherhood of the Red Nile series is available at Amazon.com. Mr. Perkins book web site is www.danperkins.guru.

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