The best reason for rejecting the Iran nuclear agreement

Ailes-truthThe best reason for rejecting the (Iran) agreement is to rebuke Obama’s long record of aggressive disdain for Congress — recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess, rewriting and circumventing statutes, etc. Obama’s intellectual pedigree runs to Woodrow Wilson, the first presidential disparager of the separation of powers. Like Wilson, Obama ignores the constitutional etiquette of respecting even rivalrous institutions.–George Will

Perhaps rebuking President Obama is the best reason for disapproving the Iran agreement, but even the best reason is no reason. Evidently Will would put partisan posturing ahead of the public interest even regarding a vital matter of war and peace–that’s nonsense.

Will goes on to compare President Obama to President Wilson, but muddles the history. Wilson negotiated the Versailles Treaty which was his constitutional prerogative.  The Senate rejected the Versailles Treaty, not because there was much to dislike in it, but rather to rebuke President Wilson. This set the stage for another world war, which is nothing to celebrate.

Will goes on to claim:

  • The Iran agreement should be a treaty;
  • It should not have been submitted first to the United Nations as a studied insult to Congress.
  • Wilson said that rejecting the Versailles treaty would “break the heart of the world.”
  • The Senate, no member of which had been invited to accompany Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference, proceeded to break his heart.
  • Obama deserves a lesson in the cost of Wilsonian arrogance.

Wilson didn’t suffer much from rejection of the Versailles Treaty; he died shortly after that. It was the world that suffered.

Should the Senate reject the Iran agreement to “teach Obama a lesson.” What would be the value in that? If the result were a futile and costly escalation of warfare in the Middle East, would we be happy if only the Senate had shown President Obama that it was capable of spiteful stupidity?

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5 Responses to The best reason for rejecting the Iran nuclear agreement

  1. “Like Wilson, Obama ignores the constitutional etiquette of respecting even rivalrous institutions.–George Will”

    This infers that the Congress has respected the Executive branch. What planet did that happen on?


  2. Barbara Griffin says:

    A majority of the American people have aggressive disdain for Congress also…the “rivalrous institution” of which has demonstrated no etiquette at all.


  3. Anne says:

    I can remember when George Will used to at least make sense (even though I still generally disagreed with him)….I wonder what’s happened to that famous intellect. He’s just an embarrassment now.


  4. josephurban says:

    Will hit the nail on the head from the GOP point of view. The GOP cares nothing for substance. Or what is good for the nation. Or what is good for the world. All they care about is trying to destroy Mr Obama. And they continue to fail miserably.


  5. whungerford says:

    On the narrow question of destroying President Obama, the GOP may have failed in the short term, but on the longer-term march toward oligarchy, they have had success. Reportedly a billionaire rentier and an anti-union zealot vie to lead that party.


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