As some Democrats peel away from backing Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, the White House is ramping up pressure by issuing threats against defectors, notably Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Press secretary Josh Earnest recommended Democrats should question whether Schumer is fit to become the party’s leader in the Senate, saying members may want to “consider the voting record of those who want to lead the caucus.”
Yet as Obama struggles to gain congressional backing for the flawed nuclear agreement, he’s looking to other cronies as he ramps up lobbying efforts. During his search under rocks for such a defector, who’d have imagined he’d find one in Arizona? If you thought it was the mavericky John McCain, you’d be wrong. He opposes the deal. It’s none other than Obama’s good buddy, traveling companion and basketball playing chum, Jeff Flake.
Using peculiar language, left-of-center Politico carries the report on Flake being courted by Obama to join the Democrats on the Iran vote with these words:
“The pursuit of Sen. Jeff Flake shows how far the president’s willing to go for a legacy-defining nuclear pact“ and “two weeks ago, Flake found himself surrounded by Democrats on Air Force One headed to Africa, having joined Obama for his first trip to the continent while in office.”
Pew Research Center’s survey of media outlets places Politico in the left of the partisan ideological field with its decidedly liberal bias.
Even so, translating those distorted words into rational concepts isn’t difficult. Obama isn’t going further than a close associate, and Flake did not “find himself surrounded by Democrats on Air Force One headed to Africa.” He was not body-snatched. He was invited, accepted and packed his bags, no doubt with his perpetual smirk planted on his face.
Congressional Republicans worry cutting a deal with a rogue regime, known to sponsor terrorism, still holding American hostages and whose leaders shout “death to America,” and vow to annihilate Israel, even while the negations are underway, is a recipe for disaster. But Flake appears to be onboard with Obama’s preposterous idea that Iran can be trusted to comply with restrictions aimed at curtailing its ability to produce enough weapons-grade enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb.
Though Iran outwardly maintains its disinterest in obtaining a nuclear weapon, its previous stealth activities raised fears that led to international trade, banking and financial sanctions.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker, (R-TN) is distrustful of the agreement, saying it doesn’t guarantee “anytime, anywhere inspections” nor does the deal allow U.S. inspectors on the ground.
“Instead of the once-promised ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections, this agreement gives Iran nearly a month of advanced notice to hide any evidence of developing a nuclear weapon,” he said. “Even worse, there are two secret side deals — we can’t ever see — that appear to restrict inspectors’ access to key sites. Iran will go from a weakened state to an economically robust country without being forced to change any of its roguish, destructive behavior,” Corker said. Watch his video here.
In the midst of these grave concerns, on which lawmakers must vote by September 17, congress is now on a month-long summer recess, and Obama is taking a two-week vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.
Despite dark clouds of calamity hovering, life goes on for the powerful elites.