• Are John Kerry’s Hopes For A Nobel Peace Prize Fading?

    Barack Obama has already won his Nobel Peace Prize and there is no precedent for one person winning a second prize. Henry Kissinger was the last US Secretary of State to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in bringing the Vietnam War to a close. It is certainly possible that if there is an agreement with Iran then John Kerry could win the Peace Prize.
    With all the recent controversy around Hillary Clinton, perhaps if she had stayed on as the Secretary of State, she might have been in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize. Was her departure from the State Department recognition by both the President and Hillary that she was not going to make the Iran agreement happen? She may have thought that her skills were not great enough to carry it off and bring the parties to a solution. If you think about it, if she had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she would have been a lock for President in 2016.
    Perhaps Hillary believed that there would not be a successful negotiation with Iran and the talks would fall apart with no solution. If that were to have happened on Hillary’s watch, it would have been tagged a failure in foreign-policy and jeopardize her potential Presidential run. Knowing that she could not trust Iran she had no choice, she just couldn’t take the risk.
    I think the risk is not ultimately bringing Iran to the table but rather making the treaty effective. The Constitution of United States stipulates in article 2 section 2 the President Shall have the power by and with the advice and consent of the Senate to make treaties provided two thirds of the Senate present concur.
    With the change in makeup of the Senate the President, after the November midterms, no longer had a majority of the Senate, so his chances of getting senate approval with the Republicans in control diminished. The question now becomes will the President use his executive power to bypass the Senate and Constitution and agree to the treaty? Will reporters ask Mrs. Clinton, “Would you support the use of executive power by President Obama to enforce a restrictive nuclear treaty with Iran and bypass the Constitution and United States?
    Will the mainstream American media ask John Kerry, a former Senator from Massachusetts, “Would you support abandoning the Constitution by the President and signing the treaty without Senate concurrence?”
    Does the President of the United States have the power to override the Constitution and the execution of foreign treaties? If the President tells the Senate he is not going to send them the treaty for verification and he will sign it without their consent what should the Congress do?
    With just a year and a half left in his presidency, there is not enough time for full impeachment of the President. I believe a move like the one suggested here would create the greatest constitutional crisis in the history of our country.  I would hope that the Democratic leadership from the Senate and the House would call on the President, in a private session, and strongly suggest that should he sign the treaty with Iran, without Congressional approval, the Democrats will support a bill of impeachment.
    Regardless if there is enough time for an impeachment trial,  the President will have the distinction of not only being the first black President, but his history will record that he was also  impeached for disregard of the Constitution.
    Regardless of whether the treaty is signed or not, Secretary of State John Kerry will not win the Nobel Peace Prize and Hillary may just choose not to run for President.

    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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