Indeed, with Iranian surrogates and allies destabilizing the entire Middle East, why are we lifting any sanctions or talking about a deal at all? Unless the deal is far different than has been reported, look for an overwhelming vote in April to inject the Senate into the process or to increase sanctions.
One does wonder what Hillary Clinton is thinking. As A.B. Stoddard observes, “When Clinton finally comes out from behind Twitter as a candidate for president, all questions are fair game: what the terms of a nuclear arms deal with Iran should be, whether Netanyahu should have spoken before Congress without the blessing of the White House, what should be done about those politically expedient comments Netanyahu made before his reelection. Is a peace deal possible under Netanyahu? Where does she stand on a Senate bill that would give Congress more input over the Iran talks? How should the U.S. tackle rising anti-Semitism in Europe, and how can the trust that has been lost between the United States and Israel since 2009 be restored? What say you, Madam Secretary?”
Frankly, from Yemen to the Taliban trade for a deserter to the Iran concessions to the rise of the Islamic State to the occupation of part of Ukraine, our national security policies have resulted in chaos, aggression and loss of American influence. How can any Democrat — with the exception of the outspoken Menendez and Leon Panetta — let alone the co-architect of these policies, claim to be able to steady the ship? You got me.