Tuesday a much ballyhooed "compromise" regarding S.615, "Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015" was unanimously agreed upon within the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Independent Politico.com and Washington Post assessments of critical aspects of the lauded compromise brokered by Republican Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and Democrat Ben Cardin helped eliminate my own cautious optimism about what in fact transpired.
Accordingly, the Corker-Cardin compromise validates the Obama Administration's negotiations strategy. That "strategy" is contrary to almost all past arms control agreements of consequence, which have been Senate Advice and Consent Treaties, whose approval requires a 2/3 vote in the Senate. The Obama Administration, in contrast, is hell-bent on giving legitimacy to Iran's uranium enrichment program, and waiving economic sanctions on Iran, while not submitting the fruits of its masterful negotiations to a Congressional vote for initial approval, prior to implementing the agreement. These developments should be a tocsin of looming calamity given that the framework fiasco for this pending deal includes an inadequate/"hotly contested" inspections process, while also fully ignoring Iran's ballistic missile and nuclear weaponization programs. [Go here for the complete story...]