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Barack the Intolerant!

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t The recent churlish intolerance of President Barack Obama over opposition to his Nuclear Deal with Iran is an example of what I term the Leadership Legacy Syndrome. The issue at hand here is not primarily the merits or demerits of the proposed nuclear agreement with that rogue nation, but rather the intolerant and mean-spirited tone of presidential reactions to well-grounded and well-founded opposition. Those reactions have included attacks on his critics in Congress and elsewhere, and particularly on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee which has presented well-reasoned opposition to the long-negotiated nuclear agreement with Iran. AIPAC is thus doing its job, as while for America an agreement with Iran might be desirable, for Israel the wrong agreement with Iran might well lead to the destruction of that nation in a nuclear holocaust as long promised by Iranian leaders. (Please note that this author has no connection to AIPAC at all.)

(Please note that I do not have and have never had any conne c For the record, and according to AIPAC, throughout the Iran negotiations, the administration repeatedly asserted that "no deal is better than a bad deal," because it understood that the consequences of a bad deal were far more dangerous than the consequences of no deal. Because this agreement fails to block Iran's path to a bomb, it is a bad deal. Congress must reject this deal and advance a policy that creates the opportunity for a better deal. No deal is better than a bad deal. The proposed deal does not satisfy the requirements Congress has set for a good deal in the areas of inspections, possible military dimensions, phased sanctions relief, duration, and dismantlement of Iran's nuclear infrastructure. It is a bad deal that will allow Iran to legally achieve a nuclear weapons capability.

No deal avoids locking in the negative consequences of a bad deal. By choosing no deal, the United States would avoid the unacceptable consequences of this deal. We would avoid legitimizing Iran's path to a nuclear weapons capability and providing up to $150 billion within months to the leading state sponsor of terrorism--which will use funds to promote instability and undermine our regional allies. And we would avoid increasing the prospect of war, spurring a nuclear arms race, and further strengthening the Iranian regime. No deal opens the door to a better deal. Insisting on a better deal has historical precedent. Throughout history, Congress has successfully insisted on improvements to agreements negotiated by the executive branch. For instance, almost 200 treaties, including 80 multilateral accords, have been modified by congressional amendments, reservations or conditions before they were approved. Major arms control agreements, including the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II) and the Threshold Test Ban Treaty, failed to gain initial Senate approval, but ultimately led to new negotiations and improved agreements.

The Obama Administration reaction to the AIPAC position -- a position quite similar to that of many Congressional leaders including New York Senior Senator Chuck Schumer -- is to blast the messenger for bringing to public attention a message the president dislikes. The Obama blast is intemperate and mean-spirited, as if anyone disagreeing on a major policy issue is unpatriotic and, indeed, un-American. Our president seems to have forgotten that this nation was founded on dissent, that our colonists and founders were dissenters from a European strait-jacket of controls. America was founded on tolerance -- a truth which President Barack Obama seems to have forgotten!e funds to promote instability and undermine our regional allies. And we

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Author's Biography Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of (more...)

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