Late yesterday, it was announced that a deal had been struck between Iran, the United States, and 5 other world powers to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.
According to the White House, the deal stipulates that Iran will commit to halt uranium enrichment above 5 percent and also to neutralize its stockpile of near-20 percent enriched uranium. The Islamic Republic has also committed to halt progress on its enrichment capacity. Iran will also halt work at its plutonium reactor and provide access to nuclear inspectors.
In exchange, the United States and its allies have agreed to offer Iran “modest relief” from economic sanctions and access to a portion of the revenue that the country has been denied through these sanctions. No new sanctions will be imposed, Obama said.
It’s a first step, and more will need to be done, but it’s a breakthrough after a very long time. Then the Republicans had to chime in.
First up was Senator John Cornyn of Texas, demonstrating Texas’ ability to produce remarkably stupid politicians:
Amazing what WH will do to distract attention from O-care
— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) November 24, 2013
Um, yes, right, this was all done to distract from Obamacare. Apparently there has been a scramble to make this the new talking point:
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the No. 3 Republican in the House, said Sunday that he hoped the Obama administration hadn’t used a nuclear deal with Iran to distract from the problems of Obamacare.
The best response comes from Mike Signorile:
Yes @JohnCornyn, Iran and all six world powers including Russia conspired to help Obama divert from Obamacare.
— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) November 24, 2013
Yes, because it’s in Iran’s, Russia’s, China’s, Britain’s France’s, and the European Union’s interest to distract the American public from paying attention to the to the rapidly being solved issues with the Affordable Care Act roll out.
Seriously, every time I think I can’t possibly be surprised by any act of stupidity on the part of a Republican politician, I turn out to be wrong. Diplomatic negotiations take time, and even though these were “rapid,” we’re still talking about 3 months of “whirlwind” negotiations, along with an even longer period of secret talks to set the stage. But rather than indulge in some cautious optimism, instead we’re treated to speculations that it was done for the nefarious purpose of distracting from a domestic issue. It’s one of the dumbest things I’ve seen out of the Republicans, and that’s saying something. It demonstrates how locked in they are to their worldview, and how they can’t bring themselves to admit that maybe the black President actually is doing something good.