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“Pat, sometimes it seems like our friends want me to go over the cliff with flags flying,” President Reagan once told me.

Today, it is “Bibi” Netanyahu and the neocons howling “kill the deal” and “bomb Iran” who are shoving the Republican Party toward the cliff.

The question, which may decide 2016, may be framed thus:

Should a Republican Congress meticulously point out the flaws and risks of this nuclear deal with Iran and, if the Iranians do cheat or attempt a breakout, be rewarded for their skepticism and statesmanship?

Or should the GOP sabotage and scuttle the deal and let itself be held politically liable for the diplomatic and strategic disaster that would follow?

Consider the consequences of successful Republican sabotage.

The U.S. coalition of France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China would be shattered. But the U.N. Security Council, China, Russia and the Europeans would still go ahead and lift sanctions on Iran.

Should Congress override a veto by President Obama, pile new sanctions on Iran, and demand new concessions, Tehran could ignore us or declare itself no longer bound to the concessions it has already made.

If Iran then began to restore its nuclear program to where it was 18 months ago, we would have one option left to stop it: war.

But Obama is not going to war with Iran. Hence, goaded by the neocons, GOP candidates would spend 2015 and 2016 assuring the nation that war with Iran is still “on the table” should they win the White House.

Is this a winning platform?

Yet this is the path Bibi and the neocons would put America on.

John Bolton, a possible presidential candidate, has already come out for bombing Iran. John McCain urges Israel to “go rogue,” prodding Bibi to launch a strike on Iran and drag us into his war.

Lindsey Graham supports “an authorization for the use of military force” against Iran and said in 2010 that we should launch an air war so massive that Iran would be unable to defend itself.

Sheldon Adelson, casino oligarch and Daddy Warbucks who put $100 million behind the party in 2012 and promises more this time, has advocated a nuclear strike to warn Iran to stop enriching and a follow-up nuclear strike on its capital if Iran defies us.

“Kill the Deal” is the headline on Bill Kristol’s editorial in the Weekly Standard. Writes neocon Joshua Muravchik, war is “our only option.” Gov. Scott Walker has declared that his first act as president would be to kill the nuclear deal.

President Walker would thus put us, alone, without allies, on a road to war — to strip Iran of weapons of mass destruction it does not have.

Is this what America can look forward to if it votes Republican?

A new Middle East war with a nation three times the size of Iraq, and with Dover receiving again the coffins and Walter Reed the casualties?

Which brings us to Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who declined to sign Tom Cotton’s letter to Ayatollah Khamenei and is best positioned to plumb the depths of this nuclear deal to determine whether Iran’s concessions are real.

Iran has agreed to cut back its operating centrifuges to 5,000, to reconfigure its Arak reactor so it does not produce plutonium, to stop enriching underground at Fordow, to dilute all of its 20-percent enriched uranium, and to allow in more inspectors and inspections.

If true, the deal appears to do what Obama says it does: close off every known avenue to an Iranian bomb.

My own sense is that Iran decided some time ago not to test a nuclear device because it believes, as do we, this could mean the spread of nukes to Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia — which Iran does not want any more than we do.

Corker should schedule testimony from National Intelligence Director Adm. James Clapper and the directors of the CIA and DIA.

The critical questions: Does the U.S. intelligence community stand by its declaration of three years ago that Iran does not have a bomb program?

How long would it take Iran, if it decided to go for a bomb, to build and test one? How long would it take us to discover a breakout?

Does Iran have an ICBM that can hit the United States, as Bibi claims? Is Iran testing intercontinental ballistic missiles?

The GOP should raise every legitimate question, but if the deal seems to do what Obama claims it does, let it go into effect.

Then, if Iran cheats, the nation will turn to the GOP. But if Iran abides by the deal and the deal accomplishes what Obama promises, the GOP can say: We did our due diligence. We did our duty.

Should the deal collapse, Republicans will be far better off if the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps or some new ayatollah sabotaged it than if Congress is seen as the perpetrator.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2015

• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Iran, Israel Lobby, Republicans 
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  1. Blobby5 says:

    Republicans have gone insane with this war nonsense, watching Greta on Fox is alarming, she is obsessed with war.

    • Replies: @Realist
  2. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Bill Blizzard and his Men"] says:

    If the Israelies pre-emptively attack Conservative Muslim Iran(Birthplace of Mathematics Fields Medal Winner Maryam Mirzakhani(3D Hyperbolic Geometry)…the Conservative US Christians who support this will be the most hated people on the planet. Patriots should now start protesting in front of Pastor John Hagee’s Mega Church with signs that say:THE USS LIBERTY…THE ISRAELIES DID IT ENTHUSIASTICALLY!!!!!

    The $$$$$$$$$$$ that has been spent on trying to murder Iran could have subsidized the higher education of every Evangelical Christian Teenager….and if you toss in the $$$$$$$$$$$ spent on subsidizing the hyper-ethnic Jewish State of Israel……..

    • Replies: @OilcanFloyd
  3. If Iran then began to restore its nuclear program to where it was 18 months ago, we would have one option left to stop it: war.


    A false dilemma, or false dichotomy, is a logical fallacy which involves presenting two opposing views, options or outcomes in such a way that they seem to be the only possibilities: that is, if one is true, the other must be false, or, more typically, if you do not accept one then the other must be accepted.


    He who frames the question wins the debate.


    >>>>>Break the Frame <<<<<

    by applying actual Rule of Law:

    War is not only not the only option, it is not a legitimate option:
    failure to submit to US/Israeli demands is not a casus belli

    >>>>>>>Develop additional options<<<<<<<<<

    which is what Juan Cole did—–>

    What if US & UN Sanctioned Israel over its Nukes as they did Iran over Enrichment?

    >>>>>reexamine underlying assumptions <<<<<

    Is the information being presented to the American people true; that is, does it represent readily observable reality?

    For example, the assumption presented to the American people is that Iran is behaving lawlessly and that US somehow has a responsibility or right to create and impose a legal regime on Iran.

    That is false.

    The Nuclear nonProliferation Treaty governs the nuclear behaviors of international bodies.
    The IAEA was established to oversee the Treaty.
    IAEA was not designed to answer to any one state, i.e. the USA (although the USA has undermined the effectiveness of the IAEA by subverting the objectivity of its director, Yukiya Amano.


    U S Representative from Virginia Don Beyer:

    I don’t know if Israel has nuclear weapons or not” Apr. 6, 2015


    “Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s. And western governments, including Britain and the US, turn a blind eye. But how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won’t come clean?” -Jan 14 2014

    • Replies: @solontoCroesus
  4. Since the US ‘intelligence community’ is run on drug/armaments money, don’t expect any ‘objective testimony’ there.

    The few remaining patriots would have to go ‘rogue’ to tell the truth. And risk termination by ‘black psychop’ operatives within the CIA/Mossad.

    The psychopaths have been running the game for years.

  5. @SolontoCroesus

    got too cute in the attempt to be emphatic

    this series of symbols


    was supposed to highlight this imperative:


    the quote boxes that followed demonstrate that even a congressman who attempted to present himself as even-handed was unable, or unwilling, to report facts that have been readily observable for at least 65 years.

  6. Realist says:

    As all Fox warmongers are.

  7. Realist says:

    “The GOP should raise every legitimate question, but if the deal seems to do what Obama claims it does, let it go into effect.”

    That will never happen….they need Jewish donations.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  8. Should a Republican Congress meticulously point out the flaws and risks of this nuclear deal with Iran…

    Or should the GOP sabotage and scuttle the deal…

    To Obama, those are one and the same. What, after all, has the “sabotage” consisted of, other than attempts to point out the emerging deal’s flaws and recruit allies?

  9. @Realist

    re “.they need Jewish donations.”

    Those donations may not be as generous; Israel is hedging its bets —

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signed a letter of application for Israel to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.”

    Iran has been approved for membership in the AIIB

    USA may be the only major economy that is not a part of AIIB.

    Not to worry; the US Treasury is in good hands — Stuart Levey set up a scheme to blackmail major international financial institutions to refrain from dealing with Iran or face US wrath. When Levey stepped down to take a position at HSBC, his former law partner, Daniel Cohen, stepped into Levey’s spot at Treasury.

    Rest assured, America, The guerrillas in grey suits are collecting US taxpayer-funded paychecks to cut USA off from full engagement with some of the most youthful, highly educated and vibrant demographic groups in the world, Iranians.

    • Replies: @Scotty G. Vito
  10. You’re preaching to the choir Pat, and reason is represented in empty pews. These people need as many boogeymen as can be conjured; otherwise they might have to actually articulate intelligence. Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Scott Walker (who actually resembles Alfred E Neuman) et al, it doesn’t really matter, via AIPAC Bibi has them all by the balls. Which comes to the point: Bibi and reason are mutually exclusive phenomena. Not that we have been precisely ‘reasonable’ in relation to Iran:

    ^ The cynicism is more than merely astounding. Did it ever occur to anyone Obama doesn’t mind if the agreement fails, particularly if the Republicans can have that failure dropped in their laps? There’s no good faith on anyone’s part and that’s not even counting in Iran.

    • Replies: @Realist
  11. Realist says:
    @Ronald Thomas West

    “Bibi has them all by the balls. ”

    You mean empty sack.

  12. What is there to “kill?” What could the GOP sabotage/scuttle? This is Obama’s own parade that he’s thrown for himself. Tom Cotton’s letter pointed out the fact, and the usual bedwetters shrieked and rattled their spears. It is actually humorous to think of *William Kristol* as the great bogeyman manipulating international statecraft in your view– I’d bet on Li Keqiang and Vlad Putin having more of an impact. And ever since his election Corker has demonstrated himself to be a standard-issue idiot so your pinning the 2016 election on him reflects poorly on your political acumen these days.

  13. @SolontoCroesus

    some of the most youthful, highly educated and vibrant demographic groups in the world, Iranians.

    What are you, their travel agent? You must be logging on from the Ozarks because anybody who’s recently spent time in an actual American city already knows that all the “vibrant” “highly educated” Iranians tend to want to get the hell out of there and come to California, Texas, New York, Florida, Virginia, etc. etc.

  14. @War for Blair Mountain

    “If the Israelies pre-emptively attack Conservative Muslim Iran(Birthplace of Mathematics Fields Medal Winner Maryam Mirzakhani(3D Hyperbolic Geometry)…the Conservative US Christians who support this will be the most hated people on the planet. ”

    Make that the second most hated people on the planet.

  15. @Scotty G. Vito

    Iran brain drain in reverse? Why some young professionals are going home.
    For years, Iran’s academic elite has headed for the exits. But some foreign-trained youth are returning, hoping President Rouhani can revive the economy.
    By Scott Peterson, Staff writer MARCH 26, 2015

  16. @Scotty G. Vito

    Dominic Bokor-Ingram, a portfolio adviser at Charlemagne, said: “I doubt you will be able to get a seat on a flight to Tehran in the next week or two as business people will be flocking to the Iranian capital. The nuclear deal will open the floodgates to international investment in Iran.”
    After an agreement that is being hailed as the most promising thaw with the US since the 1979 hostage crisis, Mr Bokor-Ingram insisted that exposure to Iran was one of the best opportunities for investors because of its highly diversified economy and an educated population of more than 80m people. Unlike other Middle Eastern countries, it is not overly reliant on oil and gas, he added.

    It’s also worth noting that “start-up nation,” the “villa in the jungle” IS dependent on outside corporate strength — i.e. Intel — Israel could never create a global corporation with that kind of reach.

    As well, Israel’s current technology smarts, to the extent they exist, came to Izzies by way of Russia, where they got tuition-free educations. Izzies own education system is a shambles. There’s no replacement for the Russians once they age out.

    Iran has the smart people & depth on the bench.

    That’s what scares the crap out of the “smartest IQ people on the planet”, Ashkenazi Jews.
    Someone else –Iranians–may demonstrate they’re not so smart after all.

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