Foreign Policy

The Iran Peace Deal is Secure

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is the 34th senator to support the Iran peace deal, meaning there is now enough support in the Senate to sustain a presidential veto of Republican disapproval.

From the Associated Press:

"No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime," Mikulski said in a statement. "I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal."

Mikulski's backing gives supporters the margin they need to uphold an expected Obama veto of a congressional resolution of disapproval that Republicans hope to pass later this month.

This is much bigger than failure on the part of congressional Republicans who sought to whip support for a future war with Iran. This is a defeat for a wide range of lobbyists and neo-conservatives whose political viability will be severely diminished by peace with Iran.

The peace deal may be secure for now, but let's not forget virtually the entire Republican presidential field has vowed to shred the deal on their first day in office as president.

Doing so would mean unilaterally backing out of a major international peace agreement with our allies, not just Iran. That's what the Republican field has called for; to show how very serious they are. Neo-cons have been jonesing for a war with Iran since before President Obama even took office and they won't stop campaigning for it after today.

It's still possible a resolution of disapproval will not reach the president's desk if Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) can secure enough support for a successful filibuster.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    The only people in the world who oppose this accord are the Republican Party (i.e., the American far-right) and Likud (i.e., the Israeli far-right).

    What do the GOP and Likud think they know that the world’s leaders, and its best and brightest diplomats, nuclear scientists and military experts, from the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, don’t?

  • Aynwrong

    Ya know if I had been asked after 9/11 which country was the greater threat, Iraq or Iran, I would have very quickly said Iran. Which is why I found the sudden obsession with Iraq to be shocking. But the entire national security complex we had in place was screaming it was Iraq. Our forces fought and died for nearly a decade while we ignored Iran because we were told the greater threat was in it’s next door neighbour. By the same danmed people! Now were supposed to listen to these fools lecture us about how the only viable option with Iran, is war. Then they tell us that war is not war, it is something else. But still involves troops and bombs. And the entire media treats them with respect and credibility.

    Enough. Congratulations President Obama. For the political victory, for trying to make the world a safer place and for keeping the fools at bay.

    • Victor the Crab

      The U.S. Republican party is the greatest threat to the world today.

      • Aynwrong

        Yes it is.

  • muselet

    The Republicans—office-holders, office-seekers and rank-and-file alike—grrr! hate diplomacy. Much better, they’ve decided, to send a lot of other people’s children off to kill a lot of other other people’s children to demonstrate Murca’s machismo.

    At best, an individual displaying such behavior would be called a sociopath.

    –alopecia