On Iran Deal, Americans Want Congressional Review

By a wide margin, Americans want Congress to have final authority on any final nuclear deal struck between the White House and Iran.

After the President last week released the “framework” of an agreement, he urged Congress to support the deal, threatening to veto any attempt by Congress to weigh in. Given the President’s aversion to congressional approval, it’s no wonder Americans want Congress to review this deal. These are a few of the headlines from the last days:

Washington Post | Obama’s Iran deal falls far short of his own goals

“The administration will have much other work to do: It must convince Mideast allies that Iran is not being empowered to become the region’s hegemon; and it must accommodate Congress’s legitimate prerogative to review the accord. We hope Mr. Obama will make as much effort to engage in good faith with skeptical allies and domestic critics as he has with the Iranian regime.”

Associated Press | Analysis: Iran deal leaves major questions unresolved

“The limits are vague on Iran’s research and development of advanced technology that could be used for producing nuclear weapons. Inspectors still might not be able to enter Iranian military sites where nuclear work previously took place. The Americans and Iranians already are bickering over how fast economic sanctions on Iran would be relaxed. And Obama’s assertion that the penalties could always be snapped back into force is undermined by the U.S. fact sheet describing a “dispute resolution process” enshrined in the agreement.”

Wall Street Journal | Misplaying America’s Hand With Iran

Mr. Obama should have walked when Tuesday’s deadline failed to hold. Absent an ultimate deal, something good can always happen down the road. With a bad final deal nothing good will happen, and bad things will surely follow.

Bloomberg ViewObama Undermines His Own Case for the Iran Deal

“All of this presents a major problem for Obama and his team as they try to sell their deal to a skeptical Congress. If Obama doesn’t think the sanctions that have cut off Iran’s banks from the international finance system and blocked the Tehran government from legally selling its oil will halt the regime’s nuclear program, why does he think snapping them back would deter Iran from cheating?”

And a number of House Republicans have expressed skepticism, vowing to push for a vote on the deal once it’s finalized.