Well, it’s been quite an exciting time across our great nation this week. We’ve had great economic news—more job openings than we’ve ever recorded before! We’ve had volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, which kind of look like the gas attack after you eat coleslaw and baked beans. We’ve had some really brilliant foreign policy news from North Korea and Iran. Through it all, we continue to be subjected to the thirteen monkey cluster f*** that is the Mueller probe.
But let’s talk foreign policy for a minute.
On Tuesday, President Trump announced that the US would no longer be part of the Iran nuclear deal, and would probably re-impose some sanctions on the mullahs. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R), told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he doesn’t think this is a “wise move”, and that it sends a message to our allies that we can’t be trusted.
Senator Flake also said that this would make a Korean deal even harder. Senator Flake wasn’t alone in his criticism; Senator Chuck Schumer of New York (D), said the same thing.
Chuck said that it would upset our allies, make it harder to track Hezbollah, and would make a Korean deal almost impossible.
And Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey (D) said this:
“The President initially had an opportunity to work with our allies and build follow-on agreements to address serious concerns with the JCPOA, including Iran’s nuclear capacity after certain restrictions expire,” Menendez said in a statement. “But now, President Trump owns the consequences of today’s decision.”
Wow. At least three senators say that Trump really screwed the pooch this time. I think we’re all gonna die! Except, there’s this funny thing called the Internet. It’s the world’s largest memory hole. It’s the ex you had that could remember every single conversation you ever had.
Every. Single. Word.
Well, in 2015, Senator Flake was singing a different tune. After serious pursuit by President Obama when he signaled he might be open to supporting the original deal, Flake concluded his statement by saying “Hoping that Iran’s nuclear ambitions might change after a fifteen year sabbatical might be a bet worth making. Believing that Iran’s regional behavior will change tomorrow - while giving up tools to deter or modify such behavior - is not.”
Jeff Flake thought the original deal was a bad idea.
Chuck Schumer? He said on the floor of the Senate “I will vote to disapprove the agreement, not because I believe war is a viable or desirable option, nor to challenge the path of diplomacy. It is because I believe Iran will not change, and under this agreement it will be able to achieve its dual goals of eliminating sanctions while ultimately retaining its nuclear and non-nuclear power.”
What did Bob Menendez say, when he wasn’t distracted by Dr. Salomon Melgen’s underage beauties?
"I have looked into my own soul and my devotion to principle may once again lead me to an unpopular course, but if Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it," Menendez said. "It is for these reasons that I will vote to disapprove the agreement and, if called upon, would vote to override a veto."
He looked into his soul, y’all! And, yet today, these same three Senators are saying Trump is a fool and can’t do anything right.
Trump’s dealings with North Korea are also causing the same heartburn amongst the Democrats.
The Korean summit is set for Singapore; and Trump might actually go to Pyongyang. Folks, that’s as big, if not bigger, than Nixon going to China.
Chuck Schumer, on the other hand, believes that the three hostages that flew home with Mike Pompeo were just bargaining chips.
What? Little Chucky thinks we should have just left them there? Does he think those three gentlemen were the only leverage we had? Is he confusing Trump’s style with Obama’s? Probably not. But he is confusing Trump’s style with what is accepted diplomatic practice in The Swamp. Trump is, in the words of the great Malcolm Gladwell, a disruptor. He doesn’t do things the way he’s supposed to do. He does things the way he wants to do. Trump is a punctuation point. His placement in the sentence can change the whole meaning.
That’s a good thing. It means you have to pay attention.