Hat/Tip to Doug Ross @ Journal.
While the feckless GOP leadership in the Senate has kissed Obama’s ass yet again, this time seemingly allowing HIM to perform THEIR Constitutionally mandated duty, that of approving treaties with foreign governments; Ted Cruz is not going down quietly.
Sen. Ted Cruz is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s bizarre deal to loosen sanctions on Iran and allow it to continue to develop nuclear weapons.
A complicit GOP establishment — including “craven moron” Bob Corker and the mendacious malignancy known as Mitch McConnell are Obama’s co-conspirators — and have essentially ceded the Senate’s Constitutionally authorized power to ratify any treaty signed by the Executive.
Ted Cruz — reviled by the hacks in both parties — is one of the few statesmen left in Congress willing to fight this insane abdication of sanity on the part of Obama and the GOP fogies. Tonight Cruz took to the Senate floor to rip Obama’s deal and the GOP Establishment’s support for it.
[Cruz told] his colleagues that the nuclear deal with Iran will lead to the deaths of “millions of Americans.”
If President Barack Obama moves forward to provide sanctions relief to Iran as part of the deal, “the blood of the men and women and children who will be murdered by those terrorists will be directly on the hands of this administration,” Cruz warned.
After being blocked from calling a vote on an amendment to the Iran bill to raise the threshold for congressional approval of the nuclear deal, Cruz accused senators of “abrogating our authority and responsibility.”
…”This deal makes war a certainty,” promised Cruz, a Republican contender for president in the 2016 election.
Cruz has repeatedly insisted that Congress require any nuclear deal with Iran to include recognition of Israel’s right to exist. The Obama administration has held firm to the position that the negotiations should be narrowly focused on Iran’s nuclear program.
…Democrats are afraid to vote, Cruz told reporters in the Capitol. “They are terrified of casting a vote on whether the legislation would require Iran to recognize Israel’s rights to exist as a Jewish state, and rather than have to go on record and make clear the Democratic senators’ opposition to supporting Israel, they’re blocking every amendment on the Iran deal instead,” he said. “This should be a matter that brings us together in unity, because a nuclear Iran represents the single greatest national security threat to America. Unfortunately, far too many Senate Dems are playing politics with this rather than focusing on the grave national security threats we face.”
…While Democrats and their Republican allies could likely defeat the amendment, Democratic lawmakers have expressed frustration with being put in the position of publicly voting against pro-Israel legislation in order to preserve the Iran oversight bill.
On Tuesday, The Huffington Post asked Cruz to elaborate on what recognition of Israel had to do with eliminating Iran’s nuclear program:
“In the midst of these negotiations, a senior Iranian general said the annihilation of Israel was, quote, non-negotiable. One cannot negotiate with theocratic zealots who are explicit in their desire to murder you,” Cruz said. “There is no common ground or middle ground on whether or not you are murdered. In the midst of these negotiations, Ayatollah Khamenei is leading the masses in chanting death to America.”
…”This deal makes war a certainty … Because [of] what President Obama is doing, if this goes forward, is unraveling the international consensus in favor of sanctions. That means the next president who enters the White House in January of 2017 is likely to encounter a world with Iran on the verge of having nuclear weapons where sanctions will have been taken off the table by Barack Obama, because they cannot be placed back with our allies in any reasonable period of time to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, which means in all likelihood the next president will face a binary choice: Either allow Iran to have nuclear weapons or use military force to prevent it.
“That’s the consequence of this Obama-Iran deal, is it makes military conflict a certainty,” Cruz said.