The one problem with the Cruz/Trump rally against the Iran dea
Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are teaming up to hold a rally against Obama's disastrous deal with Iran that would effectively let the Iranians develop nuclear weapons. Politically, it's a smart move for both candidates. By being seen with Trump, Cruz gets a chance to tap into the media attention that Trump has been monopolizing. And Trump gets to tap into Cruz's smaller but more committed base of support, which ideologically overlaps his own. Trump also gets to show he is serious and statesmanlike on an important foreign policy issue.
There is just one problem. They are both campaigning against this bad deal. Ted Cruz says that if he is elected president, he will immediately rip up this terrible deal. But Trump, on the other hand, says:
... he won’t “rip up” the deal as some of his Republican primary opponents have said they would. Speaking in a prerecorded interview Sunday morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump said he’d “police” the deal to mitigate its impact.
Trump questioned claims that the deal could simply be cancelled once it has gone into effect. “It’s very hard to say, ‘We’re ripping it up,” he argued
“I’m really good at looking at a contract and finding things within a contract…,” he said. “I would police that contract so tough that they don’t have a chance. As bad as the contract is, I will be so tough on that contract."
This is where Trump is seriously deluded. He would "police the contract"? How can you police a contract with another party who, by contract, is allowed to avoid snap inspections and can perform its own self-inspections in place of international inspectors? The "contract" is fundamentally flawed and doesn't have sufficient verification mechanisms.
So Trump is saying he is totally against this irreparably unverifiable deal – but, if elected president, he may not end it. That's bizarre, to say the least.
This is not to say that Ted Cruz has totally clean hands in this matter, either. He voted with 98 other senators to gut the treaty provisions of the U.S. Constitution, enabling this diplomatic monstrosity to be upheld by merely 34 senators instead of the 67 it would need if it were properly submitted as a treaty. But at least Cruz has said he would rip up this deal if he came into office.
Does anyone seriously believe that Trump, if elected president, can "enforce" this contract that Iran agreed to only because of its many loopholes?
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