William Kristol, political analyst and founder of the Weekly Standard, issued a dire warning to Congress over the president's nuclear deal with the Iranian regime. Calling the deal "worse than we even imagined possible," Kristol urged Congress to "rise to the occasion" and override the president's threatened veto.
Saying the deal gives Iran $140 billion in return for "effectively nothing," Kristol describes the moment as "the bottom, the nadir" of American foreign policy that Congress must now do the hard work of pulling us out of by rejecting the president's "very bad deal."
Here is Kristol's complete statement:
We have a deal. It's a deal worse than even we imagined possible. It's a deal that gives the Iranian regime $140b in return for ... effectively nothing: no dismantlement of Iran's nuclear program, no anytime/anywhere inspections, no curbs on Iran's ballistic missile program, no maintenance of the arms embargo, no halt to Iran's sponsorship of terror.
It's obviously a very good deal for the Iranian regime. It's a very bad deal for America. So Congress should rise to the occasion. Congress should engage in a full and comprehensive debate; Congress should then pass a resolution of disapproval; Congress should then override President Obama's veto, and return America's Iran policy to dealing from a position of strength rather than supplication.
If this happens, historians will look back and say July 14, 2015, was the bottom, the nadir, from which America went on to recover. If Congress cannot override the president, the recovery will have to begin a year and a half from now, but from a deeper hole, a worse position for America, the Middle East, and the world.
Either way, this deal cannot stand.
In his speech touting his the agreement, President Obama threatened to "veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal."