As Iran Deal secures 41 votes in Senate, Dick Cheney proves Obama’s point

The Associated Press is reporting that the Iran Deal has secured its 41st vote in the Senate, which will likely prevent a bill blocking the deal from reaching President Obama’s desk. Despite West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s somewhat surprising announcement that he would vote against the deal, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Gary Peters of Michigan all announced their support today, ensuring that Democrats would be able to block a resolution of disapproval.

While the resolution of disapproval already had enough opposition to sustain a veto from President Obama, one need only look to Dick Cheney to see why the deal has earned enough votes to make a veto unnecessary.

Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute this morning, Cheney made the point President Obama has made all along: That the alternative to a peaceful freeze on the country’s nuclear program is war. From TalkingPointsMemo:

Instead, Cheney said, the U.S. should have insisted that Iran halt its enrichment processes, halt its ballistics program, agree to anytime-anywhere inspections, and provide an accounting of its nuclear program.

“If Iran chooses not to do so, they must understand the U.S. stands ready to take military action to ensure they do not acquire a nuclear weapon,” Cheney said, receiving applause from the audience.

Bear in mind that when the three Democratic Senators announced today that they would support the deal, they made more or less the same argument. They just thought that avoiding a war was a good thing, not a bad one. For instance, here’s how Ron Wyden is explaining his vote:

The fundamental question for me is what this agreement means for the prospects of Iran getting a nuclear bomb…This agreement with the duplicitous and untrustworthy Iranian regime falls short of what I had envisioned, however, I have decided the alternatives are even more dangerous.

While many of the Iran Deal’s critics have complained that the Obama administration has presented the nation with a false choice by arguing that if the deal fails, the only alternative is war, that’s the crux of Cheney’s argument. Rather than insisting that we can magically produce a better deal, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did when he addressed Congress earlier this year, Cheney is agreeing with Obama that if the United States couldn’t get Iran to give up its nuclear program peacefully, the United States would soon find itself in another military conflict in the Middle East — one that would inevitably cost billions (if not trillions) of dollars and thousands of American lives.

At least he owns it.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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9 Responses to “As Iran Deal secures 41 votes in Senate, Dick Cheney proves Obama’s point”

  1. Steve Simonds says:

    just an fyi, NK TESTED their nuclear weapon in 2006. NK ACQUIRED nukes by BUILDING them just like iran will in the very near future. clinton signed a similar “agreement” with NK four years prior to reports that NK had finished enriching the needed material for a bomb. history is repeating itself now with obama signing a similar agreement with iran.

    the only difference is that iran will use their nuclear weapons on israel and the US whereas NK is simply a child in need of attention.

  2. Shivas says:

    Poor Cheney, his heart is in an undisclosed location.

  3. DetroitSam says:

    White House Releases Official Video Exposing Dick Cheney’s Lies (VIDEO)

  4. BeccaM says:

    And furthermore, that the entire war operation will be over in a matter of weeks, not months!


  5. Hue-Man says:

    The war criminal did such a heckuva job, Brownie, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Imagine his success attacking a country with more than double the population, a history that stretches back 8,000 years and citizens united in its defense.

    Why, I bet the war will pay for itself!

  6. Bill_Perdue says:

    For the most part, colonialism is an extension of imperialism. In the case of Palestine, the central problem is zionist terrorism to facilitate land theft and the secondary problem is that the zionist colony is the stepchild of American and NATO imperialism.

  7. BeccaM says:

    Of COURSE, Darth Cheney wants another ‘hot war’. Afghanistan and Iraq have wound down far enough to start negatively impacting his massive multimillion dollar “Death, Mayhem, Genocide, and Murder” investment portfolio. The only ‘fundamental question’ for him is when the military-spending money gusher will resume.

    Secondly, I’d like to know just where the f*ck Cheney was in 2006 when North Korea — arguably one of the most insane and irrational nations on the entire planet — acquired nuclear weapons (likely with Pakistan’s technical and possibly logistic assistance) and continued working on their ballistic missile programs.

  8. Indigo says:

    I would have Zionist Imperialists. But that’s just me . . .

  9. Bill_Perdue says:

    What’s often mislabeled as the ‘Arab Spring’ – the revolt against theocrats, American paid quislings and royals by workers, students and others in muslim cultures – began in Iran and will, sooner rather than later, erupt again, challenging and then eliminating the mad ayatollahs.

    Workers, youth, women, and the LGBT communities will overthrow the ayatollahs and make them pay for their murder of hundreds, maybe thousands, of gay youth even more thousands of workers, feminists and rebel youth.

    In the meantime the greatest threats to peace in the region is not Iran but the US, who committed genocide in Iraq and zionist colonists who are engaged in constant campaigns of ethnic cleansing against Palestine. Both should be deprived of their nuclear, chemical and biological weapons stores.

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