After successfully reaching a nuclear agreement with Tehran, President Obama is now turning his attention to the deal’s fiercest critics. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken out against the agreement at every given opportunity, decrying it this week as a “bad mistake of historic proportions.” The White House hopes to soften that criticism now by offering Israel an increase in their annual military aid budget.
Through 2018, the U.S. is scheduled to give Israel $3 billion a year in aid, most of which the country uses to bolster their military capabilities. According to the New York Times, Obama is prepared to bump that up to $4.2-4.5 billion a year for the next decade if a new aid deal is reached.
Netanyahu has said he will lobby the U.S. Congress to do whatever it can to stop the deal from going through, though his efforts will likely go unrewarded. The way Obama has structured the deal takes away the power of congressional approval. Congress could still implement new Iranian sanctions, but Obama has already promised to veto any legislation that hinders the agreement. It would take a two-thirds majority of Congress to override the veto, and that would require a great many Democrats to cross the aisle.
The sad fact of the matter is that Obama and his cronies have no idea if this deal will work or not. He’s crossing his fingers in blind hope that he can at least get out of the White House before the deal goes sour. In the meantime, he’s ready to make grand concessions to Israel. Why? Because he knows damn well that this deal puts our closest Middle Eastern ally in jeopardy. And he knows that if Israel strikes Iran, which Netanyahu has not ruled out, the U.S. will be in an awful position.
Because of its complexity, the Iranian deal will never become the political firestorm we saw surrounding Obamacare or illegal immigration. But this deal has the potential of being the single worst mistake this president has made. If Iran is able to pursue a nuclear weapon – now bolstered by the disappearance of sanctions – it could severely destabilize the Middle East. At worst, it could lead to detonation. Obama has put his faith in an Islamic regime that has Death to America as an unofficial national motto. A very foolish mistake, indeed.