The left is going crazy ever since President Trump de-certified the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which is the Iran nuclear deal. The JCPOA is made up of the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council -China, France, Russia, the UK and the United States Plus Germany and the European Union.
Trump has said loud and clear since his campaign that the Iran deal was “one of the most incompetently drawn deals I’ve ever seen …we got nothing.”
For a little background on the deal, first of all it should have been presented to the Senate as a treaty. Per Article II, Section 2, paragraph 2 of the US Constitution, then President Obama was required to present this to the Senate for “Advise & Consent” signaled by a “two-thirds of the Senators present”. Of course Obama knew he didn’t have the votes so as he often did, he circumvented Congress and signed the deal on his own. Too bad for him, that made it non-binding and allowed future presidents to pull out just as the case with the Paris Climate Accord.
Trump hasn’t exactly scrapped the deal yet, but by refusing to certify it (as required by the President every 90 days) he is telling the world and the other signatories that Iran is not in compliance. He has directed his administration to “work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons.” Legislators now have a non-binding 60-day period to debate the accord and decide whether to re-impose sanctions. Trump wants the deal toughened and if they don’t get it done, he’ll terminate the agreement.
In the meantime and this is big ~President Trump has directed the US Treasury Dept. to slap a new terror designation on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). This means more crippling sanctions against the terror arm of the Iranian government. Trump’s basically said Iran’s army, the IRGC is a terror group in total contravention to the Iran deal. And who could argue that point? The IRGC is deeply involved in the Syrian civil war, its foreign expeditionary branch, the Quds Force, is spearheading Iran’s military interventions in places such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan and has generally helped create an anti-American worldview.
Who needs this? Certainly not us. For President Trump, this is just another turd left on his doorstep at the White House by Obama & prior administrations.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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