That assessment comes from the mindless Dana Milbank who dedicates the bulk of his column to taking cheap shots at Republican tweets because apparently the Washington Post now doubles as Twitchy. Few people can invest gravitas into a tweet. And they rarely bother.
Dana Milbank doesn’t particularly bother defending the Iran sellout because it’s easier to mock Tweets than to defend letting a terrorist state go nuclear.
Somewhere near the end he writes, “In the eyes of Republicans, the agreement with Iran has a fatal flaw: It was negotiated by the Obama administration. This president could negotiate a treaty promoting baseball, motherhood and apple pie, and Republicans would brand it the next Munich.”
And Churchill only opposed Munich because of his political ambitions. Not because of the whole “Giving in to Hitler” thing. Political cynicism of that kind is easy and cheap. And no doubt politicians have their own career angles. But it doesn’t make a bad decision any less bad.
Considering the lack of appetite for conflict and the unfolding ObamaCare disaster, Republicans would have found it easier to say nothing and let Obama own the disaster.
In his sole paragraph addressing the actual merits of the deal, Milbank writes; “The opposition in this case is particularly mindless. Certainly there are reasons to be skeptical that Iran will act in good faith. But the deal is temporary — six months — and easily reversible. In the (likely) event that Iran doesn’t agree to a permanent accord to end its nuclear program, the tougher sanctions contemplated in Congress could be applied. Would it be better to go to war now without exhausting diplomatic options? We’ve been there and done that — when Ari Fleischer stood on the White House podium.”
Iran’s nuclear development over six months is easily reversible? Remember Milbank is one of those smart liberals. Not one of those dumb Republican tweeters. So when he says that a nuclear program’s development over six months is easily reversible, it must be true.
Just like North Korea’s program was easily reversible when it turned out that Clinton’s agreement with North Korea was worthless.
And don’t worry. If Iran gets the bomb, there will be tougher sanctions. Those worked on North Korea. Right?
We haven’t exhausted all our diplomatic options yet. Not in Iran. Or in North Korea. Or in Sudan. Why rush into a war now when we can fight a war against a nuclear armed terrorist state. Only mindless Republicans would turn down that deal.