Senate Debates Iran Deal as North Korea Defies Nuclear Sanctions

When it comes to one nation or a group of nations dictating state policy to another nation, I have mixed feelings.  I know that, at first, it might sound a little crazy to say, but hear me out.  Who exactly do we think we are to tell another country that they can or cannot develop or produce nuclear weapons?  And I do not think there is an American who would not rage against the idea of another country dictating to us what we are allowed to do.  So, when I think of all the other things that need to be fixed in this nation, I am a little perplexed at what our “representatives” are doing.

AP reports:

Senate Republicans on Tuesday pushed for a final say on the Iran nuclear deal before the congressional review period expires, but Democrats were poised to stop any attempt to undercut the international accord and President Barack Obama’s win on a top foreign policy initiative.

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The Senate was slated to vote for a second time in a week on moving ahead on a resolution rejecting the deal, and the outcome was expected to be the same, with Democrats mustering enough votes to block the measure.

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Everyone knows that the Republicans do not have the votes needed to shoot this deal down.  This is political posturing.  Sure, the Democrats sold their votes.  Sure, this is a bad deal and one that Iran has no intention of keeping.  But what a waste of time.  But, more than that, it seems that there exist still some who think that this is a good deal.

AP continued:

The accord got a boost as the Vatican, just ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington next week, welcomed the agreement.

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See’s secretary for relations with states, said in Vienna on Monday that the Vatican backs the agreement because it thinks the best way to resolve disputes is through dialogue and negotiation.

I hope that they mean they agree with the method of resolution and not the agreement itself.  If the Pope agrees that this was a good deal, it might just be proof that he is not inerrant after all.  This deal will actually help the Iranians get nuclear weapons.  But even if they were hindered by this agreement, all they would have to do is break it like North Korea.

AP reports:

With a big anniversary drawing near, North Korea declared Tuesday it has upgraded and restarted all of its atomic fuel plants – meaning it could possibly make more, and more sophisticated, nuclear weapons.


North Korea agreed to shut down the Nyongbyon reactor in 2007 in return for emergency energy assistance and steps toward the normalization of relations with the U.S. and Japan in a deal resulting from six-party talks involving the U.S., China, Russia, Japan and the two Koreas. In 2009, North Korea pulled out of the denuclearization talks and expelled international inspectors after the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang for a failed satellite launch that was considered a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The North later pledged to resume its nuclear enrichment program at Nyongbyon.

So, what has been the American response to this and the six years of broken treaties?  Nothing.  The only thing that America has done is accomplished economic sanctions. All these sanctions have accomplished is to starve an oppressed people and do nothing to the leaders who oppress them.  No wonder Iran was so determined to sign a deal and get sanctions lifted.


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