First Published in DelawareLiberal on January 22, 2015 by ProgressivePopulist
Barely starting their majority rule in this new Congress, the
Republicans, not satisfied with a visionless, utterly barren domestic
policy are now usurping the Constitutional powers of the Executive
branch in foreign affairs/policy.
Their sabotaging of the very
difficult Iranian nuclear negotiations secured by a very competent
Democratic Executive administration is beyond stupid. There is simply
nothing for the nation to lose in seeing through these negotiations to
whatever conclusion is reached. Yet Boehner and McConnell are
determined to undermine this effort. Is there some noble purpose behind
their blundering effort to undermine the talks?
No. Rather, this is
an attempt to avert any possible credit for a Democratic Administration
in securing yet another diplomatic success in averting a potential war.
Nothing high minded here.
This sabotage not being satisfying
enough, now they are usurping Presidential prerogatives in foreign
affairs by extending an invitation to Netanyahu to address Congress two
weeks before his own very hotly contested election with the expressed
purpose of displaying the very contentious disagreement between our
country and and much of Israel on the Iranian nuclear power issue. This
of course in an opportunity in both campaign fund raising for Bibi in
the U.S.A. and a chance to further dampen his tenuous relationship with
our President Obama. Some noble purpose here? Nope. Pure partisan
politics and the chance to create a Constitutional crisis.
this in the wake of a clear Democratic Party success for America in
mostly shutting down two catastrophic Republican wars. These wars which
had a major role in the Republican financial collapse of our economy
President Obama has had to invest most of his Presidency in fixing.
Governing is about averting and correcting crises. Not creating them.