The Failure of Audacity
Around 2 p.m. on May 9, 2018, President Donald Trump cancelled the Iran nuclear deal arranged by the Obama Administration. At 3:50 p.m. former President Barack Obama whined about Mr. Trump’s action.
According to the AP, Mr. Obama warned: “The consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.”
The AP added, “(Obama) says the deal remains a model for what diplomacy can accomplish, including when it comes to North Korea.”
I would argue the former president’s performance was a model for chaos and tyranny founded on arrogance, laziness and contempt for and ignorance of America and its Constitution.
Sorry Mr. Obama, the country wasn’t a party to the agreement despite what activist judges may claim in the ensuing days. The Constitution provides that the president "shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur" (Article II, section 2).
If the Obama-Iran deal was so important, so special, so essential for global security, then the deal should have been ratified as a treaty rather than a lame duck’s handshake.
Treaties bind subsequent administrations to the acts of the past. Back in 2015, mumbling Mitch McConnell somehow managed to corrupt the Constitutional intent by allowing the Senate to require a 2/3 majority vote to kill the Iran deal rather than 2/3 majority to approve the deal. Since 2/3 did not vote to kill the deal, the implications was that the deal was approved by the Senate, a clear bastardization of the Constitution.
On principle alone, President Trump should have killed the deal to preserve the integrity of the United States’ foreign negotiation practices and the balance of powers called for in the Constitution.
President Trump was handed a huge United States repair list resulting from President Obama and his cronies’ corruption, ineptitude and abuse of power: Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and ISIS to name a few.
President Trump can scratch off one line on his lengthy repair list. Well played, sir!