It is not ironic that the Republicans oppose Obama’s deal with Iran – the deal that prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions against them. After all, not only do Republicans automatically oppose virtually everything Obama does, they seem to really like starting wars in the Middle East.
What is ironic about it is how virtually the entire rest of the world is strongly in favor of this deal, with the notable exception of Israel.
This is not just a deal between the US and Iran. It was negotiated by the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, and China. Getting those countries to agree to anything is pretty amazing, and their support of the deal is very strong.
Germany in particular says that if Congress derails the Iran nuclear deal, “It would be a nightmare… a catastrophe.” A top German official says that rejection would empower hardliners in Tehran who insist the US cannot be trusted. “These people will say it’s useless to negotiate.”
But wait, there’s more! The ambassadors from China and Russia have lobbied Congress on behalf of the agreement, which is notable given poor US relations with those countries. Officials from the five negotiating partners of the US met with 25 Democratic senators to promote the deal.
What about the rest of the world?
Advancing the administration’s argument that virtually the entire world supports the deal, fifteen Asian countries — including Japan, India, Indonesian, Australia and South Korea — issued a statement this week calling the deal an “important resolution” of the Iran nuclear issue that will “ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.”
I can’t help but wonder why Israel is so against this agreement. Do they just have some crazy siege mentality? Are they just uninterested in peace? Or does the current Israeli government think that having perpetual war will keep them in power?
Unfortunately, Israel and the GOP just seem to be pissing off the rest of the world, including their best friends.