Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th senator to approve the Iran Peace Treaty. What this means is if Congress tries to pass a resolution denying the treaty, and President Obama vetoes the resolution, the Senate will not have the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto.
How’s that for a civics lesson?
When the treaty was announced in July of this year, there was immediate, decisive, utterly moronic backlash from Senate and House Republicans, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and of course, all but one of the republican presidential candidates.
The outlier . . . I kid you not . . . was Donald Trump, who was the only one who said that he would have to read it first.
When Donald Trump is the voice of reason . . . I don’t even know how to finish that sentence.
The treaty, which required four years and the combined effort of six major countries (a grand feat in and of itself) would remove economic sanctions on Iran if, and only if, Iran allowed unfettered access to the global community to inspect the country and ensure they remained incapable of enriching weapons grade uranium.
Remember the technique to enriching uranium has been around longer than the modern tattoo gun, and is only the first step in building a bomb. You still need to perfect the precision explosion device along with the means to get it from one place to another.
Worried that Iran is going to run? We’re not even letting them have feet.
In defense of the imbeciles, the Ayatollah Khamenei came out with a brief statement saying that Iran had intended to stop pursuing enriched Uranium already, so the point is moot, and he said this to a crowd chanting “Death to Israel!” “Death to America!”
He is just a national leader trying to look strong while begging on his hands and knees for global support because his people are starving. The crowd sounded scary, but they are to the Iranian people what the Westboro Baptist Church is to us.
So why is opposition to this treaty moronic?
As in the points above, you have to read it before you can oppose it. Also, it’s designed specifically so that Iran doesn’t get to build bombs (not the other way around), and I can’t say this loud enough . . . Sanctions Don’t Work.
Never in history, from China to Cuba to Iraq to Iran to North Korea, have sanctions ever done anything but drive countries to the brink of destitution and beyond. It is only now that we’re figuring this out and doing our best to open relations with the “Axis of Evil plus Cuba”.
The reason you can’t pacify a country with sanctions is because that’s like trying to convince a four year old that broccoli tastes good. They don’t like broccoli, they don’t want to eat broccoli, they hate you and your stupid face for cooking it again, and they will be more than happy to sit and starve before putting a single floret in their mouths.
But you don’t have to convince a four year old that broccoli is the best. You just have to get them to eat it. So you do what every American parent does. You say, “Eat your broccoli and you can have ice cream.”
Because Capitalism works.
You can’t pacify a country with good intentions. You can’t pacify a country by going to war. You can’t pacify a country with religion, democracy, or building a wall.
You can, however, pacify a country with blue jeans and wide screen TVs. That’s what the Iran Treaty is all about.
We did it to Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Japan, South Africa, Indonesia, etc. We’re doing it now to Cuba and we’re going to do it to Iran because doing the other things didn’t work so well in Iraq.
There’s no time to chant “Death to America!” when Comcast has given you an eight hour window to set up your Wi-Fi. Imagine if the only reason to scream “Allah Akbar!” is when you’re first in line at Walmart on Black Friday.
Capitalism works wonders. It’s the anti-war. We will never agree on God, but we can all agree that the 2015 Chevy Camaro is a sweet ride.
What’s disturbing is that the Republicans, who should be the champions of capitalism, don’t get it.
Actually . . . I bet Trump gets it.
And now I have to shower.