Trump, On The Fifth Go-Round, Finally Withdraws From The Iran Nuclear Sellout

Better late than never, although too late to do much good.

What's that expression we periodically hear way more often than is actually justified? Ah, yes: "Good Trump". After re-certifying the "Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action" in his first four opportunities to scrap it as he had pretended to promise in his 2016, Donald Trump finally, belatedly, mercifully, and Pyrrhicly pulled the ejection lever yesterday, "triggering" the Iranian mullahgarchy and the Obamunist legacy mob alike. That, of course, was not the reason to "JCPOA-xit"; the reason to bail out of "Barack Obama's greatest and most historic foreign policy accomplishment" (I always throw up a little bit in my mouth when I see tribalists attach the word "historic" to anything their false messiahs do) was that it was a de facto alliance with the Islamic Empire that guaranteed them a nuclear arsenal, obligated the U.S. to militarily defend it, subsidized Tehran's terror networks, regional aggressions from Syria to Yemen to Afghanistan, and cojoined ballistic missile program to the tune of billions of dollars and locked in revenue streams from restored trade relations with Europe - among other lunacies. Otto Von Bismarck once said that in any alliance, there was a horse and a rider. In the JCPOA, the U.S. was the horse. After fifteen months of dithering, at least Trump has bucked Ali Khamenei on his robed kiester. Which is to say, it's really John Bolton who hammerlocked him into it.

Unfortunately, the move is more symbolic than anything else at this point. And that's (mostly) not Trump's fault. The Iran Nuclear Sellout was a disaster that he inherited from Red Barry, Obamason, whose father never could locate Wakanda and so settled for Kenya instead. By the time Mafia Don cut the ribbon on his regime, The One's damage had already been done. Iranian assets had already been unfrozen, ransoms for American hostages paid, terror offensives against Israel and Saudi Arabia escalated, international sanctions agreements dismantled. Those all constitute barn doors closed after the horses have turned to glue. Or, if you prefer, genies that can't be stuffed back into their bottles, or toothpaste that cannot be returned to its tubes. U.S. Iran policy can be returned to its proper stance, but there's little or nothing that can be done to rebuild the international anti-mullah policy infrastructure (not that economic sanctions were particularly effective in and of themselves, but still....) that Lucifer (I've got numerous Obama nicknames) destroyed. That's lost ground that will take a great deal of time and effort to regain, if it even can be.

I could write about the aforementioned reflexive mullagarchic blitherings (something about doing something to Trump's corpse), but that's so predictable that it really doesn't interest me, and wouldn't even if I gave a fig what they have to say about anything in the first place. We've heard it all before; iIt's one of the fringe benefits of knowing one's enemy. But the Obamunist legacy mobs' keening wails? That I can't resist. Not because of any acquired taste for "liberal tears," but because of the Kenyan chickens coming home to roost.

You will remember that Barack Obama ruled as a soft tyrant for the last six years of his presidency after the GOP retook the House in 2010. He didn't have Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to carry water for him anymore, so he just bypassed Congress and ruled by imperial decree (i.e. Executive Orders and administrative fiat) thereafter. On issue after issue. It's nothing Donald Trump hasn't tried to continue, except that tribalism has pushed liberal federal judges to block his unilateral power grabs despite letting Obama's run wild and unfettered for years.

The rare areas where Trump has actually reversed such Obama excesses have been the Paris Climate Accords and, now, the JCPOA. Second-term presidents do tend to turn to foreign policy to "leave their mark," and these two abominations were his version of that. But here was the problem: neither of these "deals" were anything other than policies. They did not and never did have the force of law behind them because they were never submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification as treaties. Consequently, either "deal" would last only until a future POTUS - in this case, Donald Trump, alas - decided to discontinue those policies, and thus U.S. participation in them. If Obamabots wanted to "permanentize Light-Bringer's eschatons" - i.e. codify them in and as U.S. law - they should have followed constitutional procedure and submitted them for ratification. Yet they never did. And yet now they whine and moan and gnash their teeth and rend their avante garde garments in anguish. It really is amusing.

Charlie Cooke guffawingly concurred at the Corner last afternoon:

This deal, however, was not ratified by the Senate. Instead, Rhodes’s boss deliberately bypassed our constitutional structure and struck the agreement unilaterally, the operating theory being that if the president called it something other than a “treaty” then it would become something other than a treaty. Which, of course, it . . . did. In my view, circumventing the Senate in this way was a gross violation of the American system of government and a disgraceful exercise in linguistic gamesmanship. But one doesn’t have to agree with that to accept that, because Obama took this approach, he ended up with a non-treaty. And non-treaties lack the imprimatur and broad-based acceptance that treaties, by design, tend to enjoy. If the president wanted his arrangement to be more permanent, he should have gone to the Senate. And if he didn’t go precisely because he knew the Senate would say no, then he knew all along he was building on sand. Whose fault is that, pray? His successor’s?

That last part is actually an ironic bad call by the usually supremely overconfident (because the GOP gave him every reason to be so) 44th president. He assumed Senate Republicans would reject the JCPOA. But that was the same Republican Senate that passed the Corker-Cardin bill that essentially forfeited the Senate's Article II, Section 2 ratification power by, as a matter of law, assuming Iranian compliance and consequent sanctions abeyance unless Congress overrode it with a veto-proof majority. In effect, JCPOA was "ratified" by other means with the "ratification" threshold cut in half, from 67 Senate votes to 34. So why didn't Barry Soetoro simply submit JCPOA directly? It seems likely that the same buffaloing tactics that worked to clinch Corker-Cardin would have worked to enshrine the Iran Nuclear Sellout. And that part of O's misbegotten "legacy" would have been beyond such easy reach.

Live by Executive decree, die by it, I guess.

But while one tribe celebrates the well-earned shafting of the other tribe, the reality is that what has been lost and cannot be regained is time. What Trump has pulled out of the fire that Obama stuck into the flames is now charred ruins. We can't get those billions of dollars back. We can't restore the international sanctions, erected over years of painstaking negotiations, reimposed because even if we do (via the 2/3 vote required by Corker-Cardin) the Euros will never cooperate, to say nothing of the mullahs' Russian and ChiComm patrons. We can't get Iranian forces and proxies out of Syria, or the thousands of ballistic missiles away from the Houthi rebels and Hezbollah. And we cannot magically roll back all the nuclear progress Tehran has made over the past three years that they were not supposed to be able to make. We can't even ask Doctor Strange to turn back time far enough to avert all these reverses, because he doesn't possess the Time Stone anymore and is dry-lint besides.

Winston Churchill reversed Neville Chamberlain's appeasement policy in May 1940. That didn't prevent the fall of France and the Blitz. Donald Trump is no Winston Churchill by any means. Before long, Americans will wish they had elected one, and not just a year and a half ago.