The Democrats Now Own Iran. They’ll Soon Wish They Didn’t

This morning, President Obama got what he’s been working toward all year. With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s announcement that she will vote to support the Iran nuclear deal, the administration got its 34th vote in the Senate, thus assuring that the president will have enough support to sustain a veto of a resolution of disapproval of the pact. Mikulski was just the latest of a number of Senate Democrats to throw in with the president on Iran. The only suspense now is whether Obama will get to 41 and thus have enough for a filibuster and prevent a vote on the deal from even taking place. Leaving aside the terrible damage the deal does to U.S. security and the stability of the Middle East, the most far-reaching effect of the deal is that from now on Democrats own Iran. From this moment forward, every act of Iranian-sponsored terrorism, every instance of Iranian aggression and adventurism as well as the Islamist regime’s inevitable march to a nuclear weapon can be laid at the feet of a Democratic Party. With a few exceptions, the Democrats fell meekly behind a president determined to prioritize détente with Iran over the alliance with Israel and the need to defend U.S. interests. By smashing the bipartisan consensus that had existed on Iran up until this year, the Democrats have, in effect, become the hostages of the ayatollahs. This is a decision that will haunt them in the years to come.

7
Shares
Google+ Print

The Democrats Now Own Iran. They’ll Soon Wish They Didn’t

Must-Reads from Magazine

The Persecution of Planned Parenthood’s Exposers

Will journalists speak out for journalism if it targets Planned Parenthood?

Anyone who doubted that the abortion provider Planned Parenthood is a sacred cow for the left had those doubts dispelled on Tuesday night courtesy of California’s Department of Justice. The state pursued and secured criminal charges against two filmmakers who allegedly violated the law when they made a variety of secret recordings of Planned Parenthood officials. While defensible, the facts of this case and those of similar cases California chose not to prosecute stain these charges with the appearance of political persecution.

7
Shares
Google+ Print

The Voting Rights Act’s Injustices

The country has evolved since 1965. It's time for the VRA to evolve along with it.

Discerning observers can reasonably conclude that nuance is an elusive, if not impossible, feature in American political life. The disintegration of our discourse has made methodical, dispassionate analysis of the important issues with which our national conscience grapples nearly inconceivable, and nowhere does this dispiriting phenomenon find a more glaring example than in our debates surrounding race.

9
Shares
Google+ Print

The U.S. Sharing More of the Anti-ISIS Campaign Burden

The Trump administration puts more skin in the anti-ISIS game.

During the campaign, Donald Trump vowed: “We are going to convey my top generals and give them a simple instruction. They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS. We have no choice.”

6
Shares
Google+ Print

The Real Trump Link in the Threats on Jews

How media created the very climate of hate they sought to preempt.

The arrest of a Jewish American-Israeli teen for making hundreds of bomb threats against American Jewish institutions in recent months seems to put paid to the favorite explanation advanced by both American Jews and the broader American left–i.e., that Donald Trump’s election empowered right-wing anti-Semites, leading to an upsurge in anti-Semitic acts. Yet the fact remains that the number of threats did jump dramatically following Trump’s election, to a degree that seems hard to attribute to mere coincidence. Now, new disclosures by the Israeli police provide a way to square that circle. It turns out the sudden increase was, in fact, connected to Trump’s election–not because of anything Trump did or didn’t do, but because of media’s hysterical reaction to it.

173
Shares
Google+ Print

Trump’s Twitter Obsession Haunts Him

Trump Tweets about that which he cares about. Russia's protests don't rank.

With his frequent resort to Twitter to express his unfiltered feelings, President Trump has set a trap for himself.