Daaaang: Dems and Repubs Strike Deal to Ensure Congressional Role in Iran Deal

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What was Obama saying just a couple of days ago?

Oh Yeah:

President Barack Obama said Saturday that partisan wrangling over the emerging nuclear agreement with Iran and on other foreign policy matters has gone beyond the pale, singling out two senior Republican senators for particularly harsh criticism. “It needs to stop,” he declared.

Obama complained that Sen. John McCain of Arizona had suggested that Secretary of State John Kerry’s explanations of the framework agreement with Iran were “somehow less trustworthy” than those of Iran’s supreme leader.

“That’s an indication of the degree to which partisanship has crossed all boundaries,” an exercised Obama said in a news conference at the end of the two-day Summit of the Americas. “And we’re seeing this again and again.”

Well Praise The Lord! Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have come together, put partisanship aside and “resolved key differences on the bill regarding Iran’s nuclear plan.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Tuesday that negotiators had reached a bipartisan agreement on legislation allowing Congress to review a final nuclear deal with Iran.

“What I’m most proud of is we’ve kept the pure integrity of the process in place and the President cannot lift, while Congress is reviewing this, cannot lift the congressionally mandated sanctions, which is what they’ve been trying to do and push for over the past couple of weeks,” Corker told reporters as he headed into a classified briefing on the emerging Iran agreement with Secretary of State john Kerry and other top administration officials.”While Corker said that “no one should ever count their chickens before they hatch,” he expressed optimism that when the bill comes up for a vote in the committee later Tuesday it would pass, as expected.

This means that passage of the bill through the chamber is more or less certain and they may even have enough votes to override President Stompyfoot’s veto.

The bill also requires the President to make a series of detailed reports to Congress on a range of issues, including Iran’s nuclear program, its ballistic missiles work, and its support for terrorism globally, particularly against the U.S. and its allies.

Obama commanded that the partisanship stop, and by Jove – it stopped!

Maybe it was all the grubering?

Mark Thiessen thinks so:

Remember Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who as caught on tape boasting how the president had taken advantage of the “stupidity” of American voters to pass his health-care law?

Well it seems, Obama is applying the “Gruber Doctrine” once again — this time to foreign policy.

The Gruber Doctrine is based on the premise that, in the words of the now infamous MIT professor, “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that the “basic exploitation of the lack of . . . understanding of the American voter” is “really, really critical” for enacting your preferred policies.

That is precisely what Obama is doing when it comes to Iran and Cuba.

With Iran, the administration is once again relying on a “lack of transparency” to ram through its nuclear deal. Even Iran’s foreign minister dismissed the administration’s talking points describing the framework agreement as “spin.” Obama is warning that the only alternative to his deal is “another war in the Middle East ,” even though he has yet to reveal the key details: Will sanctions relief be front-loaded, as Iran insists, or will sanctions come off gradually, as the Iranians meet certain performance benchmarks? Will there be any transparency into Iran’s past secret nuclear activity, information that is critical to verifying its compliance today? Will there be “snap inspections” and access to all Iranian facilities, both civilian and military? Iran says no.

Obama is counting on the fact that Americans won’t be able to follow all the details about “centrifuges” and “domestic enrichment capacity.” He won’t share the details but wants us to trust him that there will be “unprecedented verification.” If you believe that, you probably still think that if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan.

Last week, your humble bloggress was probably the first pundit to note that with these Iran negotiations, Obama was putting the Gruber doctrine to work on a world-wide scale. 

UPDATE:

PJ Media: Unanimous: Senate Committee Gives Bipartisan Approval to Iran Bill

PJ Media: Inside the Kerry Briefing of ‘Skeptical and Quiet’ Senators on Iran Deal

Deal or No Deal?: Iranian Supreme Leader Says No Deal With “Devilish” US

Although the White House has been touting a nuclear framework “deal” with Iran, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the other sides of the talks – the Iranians and the Europeans — do not share their enthusiasm. 

Yesterday, an Iranian Defense Minister accused the Obama administration of lying because key elements in the White House Fact sheet were not agreed upon.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan categorically rejected as a “lie” a Guardian report alleging that Tehran has granted access to its military facilities under the recent framework agreement with the world powers.

“No such agreement has been made; principally speaking, visit to military centers is among our redlines and no such visit will be accepted,” Gen. Dehqan stressed on Wednesday, rejecting “the report by foreign media outlets, such as the Guardian” as “untruthful allegations”…

Today, Iranian “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he neither backed nor rejected the deal, but “demanded all sanctions be lifted immediately once a final agreement was concluded.”

He added in a televised speech that the details of the accord would be decisive, and the publication of a US fact sheet showing terms that were at variance with the Iranian view of the agreement showed “devilish” US intentions…

“The White House put out a statement just a few hours after our negotiators finished their talks…this statement, which they called a ‘fact sheet’, was wrong on most of the issues.”

The official explanation does little to quell suspicions that the White House is deliberately misrepresenting what Iran promised in order to make the deal more palatable to Americans. In fact, it seems to confirm those suspicions.

American officials acknowledge that they did not inform the Iranians in advance of all the “parameters” the United States would make public in an effort to lock in progress made so far, as well as to strengthen the White House’s case against any move by members of Congress to impose more sanctions against Iran.

“We talked to them and told them that we would have to say some things,” said a senior administration official who could not be identified under the protocol for briefing reporters. “We didn’t show them the paper. We didn’t show them the whole list.”

The official acknowledged that it was “understood that we had different narratives, but we wouldn’t contradict each other.”

Well, it turns out that the Obama Regime’s “narrative” was so outside the perimeters of what was agreed upon, the Iranians couldn’t play along. And “Iran’s Supreme Leader”, Ayatollah Khamenei doesn’t appreciate being Grubered by these American shysters.

And via Legal Insurrection,  Khamenei, took to Twitter to call the Obama administration a bunch of untrustworthy liars.”

So once again – we’re confronted with the spectacle of an Alinsky-trained, ends justify the means, Community Organizing president engaging in what we have taken to calling “Gruberism” –  that is – lying one’s ass off to further an agenda. Only this time it’s on an international stage – for everyone in the world to see.

And Americans are forced into the awkward position of having to agree with the mad Mullahs – “Yeah, the devilish Obama administration is lying again. You really can’t trust them.”

Somebody wake me up when this nightmare is over.

Pat Caddell Trashes Holder on Menendez Indictment: DOJ “Is Run By A Political Hack”

On Fox News’ Political Insiders, Easter Sunday, Doug Schoen, John LeBoutillier, and Pat Caddell joined host Julie Banderas to talk about the federal charges against Senator Bob Menendez, which came the same week the DOJ decided not to prosecute Lois Lerner.

The insiders all agreed that the indictment is politically motivated and designed to send a message to the rest of congress.

“It sends a chilling feeling to any other Democrats who are thinking about crossing the Obama White House,” LeBoutillier said.

Democrat pollster Pat Caddell claimed that the Political Insiders was the first show to predict that the Menendez case would become politicized by the “Criminal Injustice Department” which he added, “is run by a political hack – who when he’s not playing the race card, he’s covering up scandal after scandal – be it Solyndra, the IRS, or whatever. They did this to Menendez … to chill the other members. They went after the one Democrat who was speaking with great conscience on this issue. They had this three years ago – the public integrity section – which is itself an oxymoron – is the same section that took out Senator Ted Stevens and got reprimanded after he lost his election, by withholding  evidence.”

Caddell continued, “76% of the American people want congress to have a say. Barack Obama intends to bypass the congress to the UN.

Later Caddell pointed out that the charges against Menendez involve women and trips, and so forth, but, “you got Bill Clinton out there going to Orgy Island with a convicted pedophile. You don’t hear anything about that,” he said.

“The corruption on the Hill is unbelievable – This cover-up of Lois Lerner and the cover-up of Benghazi are worse than anything covered up in Watergate.”

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Breitbart TV: ABC’S KARL: MENENDEZ INDICTMENT LIKELY TO QUELL CHALLENGES TO IRAN DEAL:

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl said the indictment of  Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is a strong supporter of Israel and opposes President Barack Obama going ahead with an Iran nuclear deal without congressional  approval, will make it harder for Republicans to persuade other Democrats to go against the president and override a veto on Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) legislation calling for congressional oversight.

DOJ: No Contempt Charges For Lois Lerner – Sen. Menendez Indicted

Let’s see. We’ve got two corrupt individuals, here, but two very different treatments under the law.

One of the above did everything she was asked to do and more, kept her mouth shut and destroyed evidence. She gets a gold star.

The other person did bad. He was critical of the administration’s negotiations with Iran and embarrassed the president. He gets indicted.

As Ace says, The masks are all off now.

The DoJ won’t press contempt charges against her for her busted attempt to plead the fifth (Here Is a Statement of Alleged Facts I Want to Introduce Into the Record/Having Done That, I Now Say I Don’t Want to Speak for the Record).

Supposedly the DoJ is still considering bringing some sort of charges against her over the Tea Party Targeting.

(Pssssst: There will be no meaningful charges. You read it here, first!)

As for Democrat Bob Menendez, (who earlier this year suggested that the  White House gets its talking points from Tehran) we have this: 

This is the the quasi fascist state of law enforcement in America today where the DOJ selectively and capriciously decides to enforce the law to the benefit of some and the detriment of others – depending on political considerations.

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Judicial Watch: Judicial Watch Accuses Obama Administration of Misleading Court on Hillary Clinton Email Scandal:

Judicial Watch accused the Obama administration of stalling and withholding information from a federal court in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top aide’s emails.  Last week, Judicial Watch attorneys sought a status conference over the issue of the Hillary Clinton’s and other secret email accounts in order to “avoid further undue delays, prejudice and potential spoliation.” In response, the Justice Department, on behalf of the State Department, told the federal court handling the matter (U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth) that there was no need for a hearing until at least late April and that, contrary to statements by Mrs. Clinton and various administration spokesmen, it was not aware of the secret email issue until recently.  In its response (Reply in Support of a Motion for a Status Conference), Judicial Watch cited Mrs. Clinton’s press statement:

Secretary Clinton was the head of the agency and the State Department cannot claim it was unaware of the State Department’s failure to records-manage agency emails from the Office of the Secretary. In fact, the “Statement from the Office of Former Secretary Clinton” states that “[h]er usage [of non-“state.gov” email for State Department business] was widely known to the over 100 Department and U.S. government colleagues she emailed.”

Judicial Watch also accused the Obama administration of continuing to thwart the FOIA:

The State Department has yet to demonstrate how it is satisfying its obligations under FOIA in light of recent revelations that Secretary Clinton’s emails were not being properly managed, retained and produced. This also applies to emails received or sent by other officials or employees within the Secretary’s office to conduct government business who used non-“state.gov” email addresses. To determine the adequacy of the State Department’s search, both Judicial Watch and the Court should be informed by the Department directly of the details surrounding the retention of agency emails within the Office of the Secretary and the extent of the Department’s ability to search, request and retrieve those records …

Had Judicial Watch not challenged the State Department’s search, this case would most likely have been dismissed before any public revelations were made about the unlawful arrangement relating to the State Department’s handling of agency emails during Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department …

Netanyahu: Iranian Nuke Agreement Even Worse Than Feared

It’s not clear where these leaks about the deal are coming from, but in an interview on CNN, Sunday, Speaker Boehner told host Dana Bash that he thinks they “probably came out of the White House.”

Via Reuters:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared.

Israel has mounted what it terms an “uphill battle” against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful.

“This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that,” Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as the United States, five other world powers and Iran worked toward a March 31 deadline in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Noting advances made by Iranian-allied forces in Yemen and other Arab countries, Netanyahu accused the Islamic republic of trying to “conquer the entire Middle East” while moving toward nuclearisation.

“The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity, and must be stopped,” he said.

House Speaker Boehner will travel to Israel this week during the Congressional recess. On CNN’s “State of the Union”, Sunday, he told Dana Bash that his plans were made before the ongoing acrimony between Netanyahu and Obama became an open spat.

“There are serious issues and activities going on in the Middle East and I think it’s critically important for members of Congress to hear from foreign leaders, other governments, other parts of their government, to get a real handle on the challenges that we face there,” Boehner said.

Boehner argued that Netanyahu hasn’t crossed any lines and pointed out that Israel doesn’t really have a peace partner at the moment.

“Well, he doesn’t have a partner,” Boehner said. “How do you have a two-state solution when you don’t have a partner in that solution, when you don’t have a partner for peace, when you’ve got a — when the other state is vowing to wipe you off the face of the earth?”

Boehner also defended Netanyahu from criticism from Obama and the White House that has mounted over the last month.

“I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible,” Boehner said. “And I think that the pressure that they’ve put on him over the last four or five years have frankly pushed him to the point where he had to speak up.”

“I don’t blame him at all for speaking up,” he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was in Israel Sunday, already meeting with Netanyahu.

Standing beside Netanyahu, McConnell assured him that Congress would have to approve any deal.

The absence of a deal would lead to the Senate “ratcheting up sanctions,” he said.

CNS News reported:

The White House has repeatedly stated that the agreement being negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 will not require Senate advice and consent. It has also threatened to veto legislation providing for congressional approval, if it is sent to the president’s desk.

The deadline for a framework nuclear agreement is Tuesday night. Kerry, who has been negotiating with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in the Swiss city of Lausanne since Thursday, was joined at the weekend by his counterparts from the P5+1, the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Netanyahu, who in a controversial address before Congress early this month warned that a proposed nuclear deal would be dangerous for Israel, the region and the world, doubled down on the criticism on Sunday.

“This agreement, as it appears, confirms all of our concerns and even more so,” he said at a cabinet meeting.

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Michael Goodman, The New York Post: Obama’s Race To Chaos:

Iran long held designs on a Shia Crescent and control over Arab lands, which helps explain why Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others counted themselves as our allies. They are furious as they watch Iran get a nuclear pass from Obama and a green light to expand its power.

The nuclear program will have the United Nations stamp of approval, as will Iranian control of four Arab capitals — Damascus, Beirut, Baghdad and now Sanaa, Yemen. Indeed, Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry suggest Iran even could be an ally in the fight against Islamic State and al Qaeda. Already there has been coordination there, leading critics to say America is acting as the Iranian air force.

Israel, of course, sees the pattern as insane and a threat because Iran has threatened to wipe it off the face of the earth. In retaliation for complaining about the nuke deal, Obama denounces our ally and threatens to “re-evaluate” our support for the Jewish state.

But Israel is not alone, with our Sunni Arab allies also viewing Iran as their mortal enemy. Sen. John McCain quoted one of those Arab leaders as concluding, “We believe it is more dangerous to be a friend of America’s than an enemy.”

These are unprecedented developments, veering so far from the norm and happening so fast that consequences are piling up faster than they can be comprehended. Alliances built over decades are shattered in a relative flash, inviting aggression and endless conflict. The toxic brew of Islamic fanaticism and nuclear proliferation could ignite a world conflagration.

These are grim thoughts, expressed because it is impossible to imagine any other outcome of Iran’s rise.

Jeanine Pirro: America Needs To Stop Sleeping With the Enemy ((Video)

On Saturday night’s Justice,  Judge Jeanine used the phrase “sleeping with the enemy” to describe the creepy, cozy relationship between Obama Regime and the Iranian Regime.

“More American blood has been spilled by Iran and the terrorism it sponsors in the Middle East than by any other country,” Pirro stated. “Iran says its within its rights to enrich uranium. That’s like saying a proven mass murderer living next door to a daycare center has the right to buy as many AK-47s as he wants. Mr. President, America needs to stop sleeping with the enemy, dancing with the devil, and writing love letters to those who want to kill us.”

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The Weekly Standard: Iranian Defector: ‘U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran’s Behalf’:

“The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks. The P 5 + 1 is made up of United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, plus Germany.

Washington Post, Jen Rubin: Senate passes Iran sanctions 100-0; Obama objects (really):

Think about this: By a vote of 100-0 the Senate passed its most stringent Iran sanctions bill to date. The administration opposed it. The vote was on the amendment by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) The measure would: 1) Prohibit the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account on foreign financial institutions engaged in non-petroleum-related transactions with the Central Bank of Iran after 60 days; 2) Impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions, including central banks, engaged in petroleum-related transactions with the Central Bank of Iran after 180 days with 180-day special exemptions tied to the availability of non-Iranian oil on the market and a country’s significant reduction in purchases of Iranian oil; 3) Provide a humanitarian exception for food, medicine and medical devices; and 4) Provide the president with an unclassified (with classified annex, if necessary) national security waiver authority every 120 days.

Gateway Pundit: Former Navy SEAL To General: Disobey Obama If Necessary And Have Bergdahl Trial (Video)

Carl Higbie, former U.S. Navy SEAL and author of “Battle on the Home Front,” joinedSteve Malzberg to discuss his take on the Bowe Bergdahl fallout as well as the latest from the battle against ISIS.

Higbie estimated that only 10% of the active military members respect their current Commander in Chief.

NBC’s Richard Engel: Arab Nations No Longer Trust The Obama Administration

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries are conducting military actions against Iranian interests without telling the United States because they no longer trust us with keeping the intelligence secret from Iran.

How does it feel to be part of the axis of evil, America? Because under Obama, we are no longer considered one of the good guys on the world stage. Our allies in the war on terror no longer trust us. And why should they when the president’s new BFF is the belligerent and apocalyptic Islamic Republic of Iran?

The Washington Free Beacon reported:

NBC’s Richard Engel reported Friday that U.S. officials were stunned they were not given any notice before Saudi Arabia launched attacks against Houthi rebels. According to Engel, military leaders were finding out about the developments on the Yemen border in real time.

Engel said officials from both the military and members of Congress believe they were not given advanced warning because the Arab nations do not trust the Obama administration after they befriended Iran.

“Saudi Arabia and other countries simply don’t trust the United States any more, don’t trust this administration, think the administration is working to befriend Iran to try to make a deal in Switzerland, and therefore didn’t feel the intelligence frankly would be secure. And I think that’s a situation that is quite troubling for U.S. foreign policy,” Engel said.

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Gateway Pundit: Former Iraq Ambassador: Obama’s Foreign Policy Is in “G*ddam Free Fall”