Stupid Party

Lindsey Graham Endorses Hillary Clinton, Dumps on Rand Paul

Reasonable people seem to agree that the tentative deal agreed to between world powers and Iran is a good deal and maybe even better than expected, but Republicans are not reasonable people.

A range of pundits and congressmen evidently read a different deal than we did (or didn't read it) or are simply lying about its content and merit.

While Tom Cotton (R-AR) says bombing Iran would be a better option, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says we should kick the can down the road to the next president even if that president is Hillary Clinton.

"Keep the interim deal in place. Allow a new president in 2017, Democrat or Republican, to take a crack," Graham told CBS' "Face the Nation" program. "The best deal comes with a new president. Hillary Clinton would do better. I think everybody on our side except maybe Rand Paul could do better."

I want to say I agree with Senator Graham about Rand Paul, but I can't. I can't because no one on their side could "do better." No one on their side would have even opened up negotiations to begin with, instead adhering to the Bush-era neo-con policy of refusing to engage in diplomacy with nations that have been branded as enemies.

That failed Bush-era policy that relied on intimidation and magical thinking is what led to Iran's expansion of its nuclear program.

For the record, Clinton supports President Obama's efforts.

“I strongly support President Obama and Secretary Kerry’s efforts between now and June to reach a final deal,” Clinton said in a statement. “There is much to do and much more to say in the months ahead, but for now diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed.” [...]

“The understanding that the major world powers have reached with Iran is an important step toward a comprehensive agreement that would prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and strengthen the security of the United States, Israel, and the region,” Clinton continued, praising Obama and her successor, Secretary of State John Kerry, as “persistent and determined.”