Why We Can’t Tolerate President Obama’s Iran Deal — and What We Can Do about It

Over the weekend, just after forty two Senate Democrats did President Obama’s bidding and blocked a vote on his flawed Iran deal in the Senate, Iran’s Supreme Leader again threatened the United States and Israel. His official Twitter account linked to an online video that ominously references the deaths of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan and depicts Iranian speedboats about to crash into a U.S. Navy vessel. Khamenei’s video ended a week in which he told an audience in Tehran that Israel would not exist in twenty five years.

Yet, despite the vivid threats and the evidence of chaos as Iran sows instability throughout the Middle East, President Obama and his enablers in the U.S. Senate continue to claim that their deal will not benefit Iran’s terrorism apparatus and that it is in our national interest.

Despite the willingness of Democrats to provide cover for the White House, we still have an opportunity to put the Senate on record. Instead of just giving up and conceding defeat, I’ve argued that we need to try everything in our power to prevent a flawed deal that will have devastating consequences for American security from taking effect.

Even as the Obama administration assures international investors that Iran will be once again open for business, Congress needs to take action to make sure that the risks of investing in Iran are clear. Given the extra-legal way in which President Obama ignored the requirements of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and failed to submit secret side deals with the International Atomic Energy Agency, we need to restrict funding for the deal’s implementation unless Iran has completely come clean about its past nuclear weapons research. We also need to find ways to insulate Israel and our other regional allies from the fallout of this deal as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iran’s other security services receive billions of dollars that they will use to expand their regional activities and support their terrorist proxies. This should include increased strategic cooperation, additional arms sales, and enhanced intelligence sharing.

But even as we prepare for the deal’s fallout, the willingness of most Democrats to support a deal that the American people overwhelmingly reject shows that we cannot continue to conduct business as usual in Washington. The damage to America’s security that President Obama can do in his final sixteen months is too great. The consequences of a nuclear armed Iran with missiles able to hit the U.S. homeland are too dire for our children and grandchildren. We need to stop going along to get along and stand up to the President and those in his party who are placing party loyalty over principle.

That is why it is so important that our next President be someone who understands the threats we face and who is willing to fight to defend our security and our interests. In contrast, Secretary Clinton says that it’s not “realistic” to think we can get a better deal. Even some Republicans running for President have wavered in their willingness to undo the deal that they admit was poorly negotiated.

I have stated clearly that I will begin to undo the deal with Iran on day one and that Iran’s leaders will have to choose between having a nuclear weapons program and having an economy. I will back this up with a credible threat of military force if Iran decides to ramp up its program. I will work with Congress to impose tougher sanctions on Iran for its support for terrorism and human rights abuses, rather than treating Congress as an afterthought as this administration has and as far too many Republicans have blindly accepted.

As the Supreme Leader’s recent statements show, Iran’s mullahs remain America’s enemies — enemies who are plotting every day how to kill and maim Americans and undermine our position in the world. That’s why continued pressure from Congress is so important. Despite President Obama’s outstretched hand, the mullahs need to hear a clear message from Congress and those who wish to be President on January 20, 2017, that this agreement will not last and that Iran will never be able to develop a nuclear weapon.