Congress should feel no obligation to honor Obama’s promises to Iran

Congress should feel no obligation to honor Obama’s promises to Iran

[Ed. – Lousy deals are made to be broken.]

With President Trump declining to certify that the Iran deal is in the best interest of the United States, Congress will be faced with the decision of whether to take new steps to counter Iranian aggression. There will be plenty of time in the coming months to debate the details of any such legislation, but as Congress considers what to do, lawmakers should operate under the premise that they are under no obligations to honor former President Barack Obama’s promises to Iran.

Any action Congress takes to counter Iran will trigger outrage among supporters of the lousy deal, who will charge that undermining the deal would send a message to the world that the U.S. no longer honors its agreements and commitments. In reality, any such international blowback should be blamed on one person and one person only: Barack Obama.

The Iran Deal does not have the weight of a treaty that was negotiated by the executive branch and ratified by two-thirds of the Congress, as required by the U.S. Constitution. Because Obama lacked the support to make it a treaty, he negotiated it as an executive agreement.

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