Will the GOP Kick It Away?

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By:Pat Buchanan | March 17, 2015

With Hillary Clinton scrambling to explain her missing emails, much of America is wailing, "Please don't make us watch this movie again!"

Why, then, would the Republican Party, with a chance to sweep it all in 2016, want to return us to the nightmare days of George W., which caused America to rise up and throw the party out in 2006 and 2008?

Do Republicans really believe that America wants a return to the Cold War with Moscow and new and larger hot wars in the Middle East?

With President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry seemingly about to conclude a deal to freeze Iran's nuclear program, House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to use the State of the Union podium to call Obama and Kerry naive and trash their deal as paving the ayatollah's way to an atomic bomb.

For the U.S. House to invite a foreign leader to come into its chambers and see that leader, on national television, mocking U.S. foreign policy to wild cheering was something few of us expected to see in our lifetimes.

Came then the astonishing letter drafted by Tom Cotton, a 2-month-old senator who makes Ted Cruz look like Ramsey Clark, that was signed by 47 Republicans. Sent to the ayatollah and mullahs, the Cotton letter instructed Iran that any deal signed by Kerry might not be worth the paper it was written on.

Congress could reject the deal, said the 47, and a new president in 2017 could cancel it with "the stroke of a pen."

The letter's purpose was the same as Bibi's purpose—to scuttle, sabotage and sink any U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. But if there is no deal and Iran returns to enriching uranium to 20 percent, we are on the road to war.

Is this what America has to look forward to if it votes GOP?

Another Middle Eastern war, with a country twice the size of Iraq, to strip the country of weapons of mass destruction it does not have?

Didn't we just do that at a cost of 4,500 dead, 35,000 wounded warriors and $1.7 trillion?

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, mulling a presidential run, has called Kerry "delusional" and charged Obama with timidity. Why? Because, said Lindsey, "he didn't call Putin the thug that he is."

Is this what America wants, a president who will call the ruler of Russia, who has thousands of nuclear weapons and is supported by 85 percent of its people, a "thug"? Is that presidential leadership?

How does name-calling at that level advance U.S. interests?

At the Munich security conference in February, Sen. John McCain compared the negotiations in Minsk, Belarus, among German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin to what happened in Munich in 1938.

Yet the Minsk truce is holding. Ukrainians are not dying, as of today. And the Germans are meeting to bail out Ukraine and prevent that bankrupt country from going belly up.

Yet last week, McCain said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier belongs "in the Neville Chamberlain school of diplomacy."

Said McCain, this "is the same guy that refuses—and his government—to enact any restrictions on the behavior of Vladimir Putin, who is slaughtering Ukrainians as we speak. He has no credibility."

A former presidential nominee, McCain is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Does he speak for the party?

Will America applaud an arms airlift to prod a destitute Ukraine into fighting Russia to reimpose Kiev's rule over the Russian-speaking Donetsk, Luhansk and Crimea, in a war Ukrainians cannot win and NATO Europe will not fight?

If Putin should respond to U.S. weapons pouring into Ukraine by seizing Mariupol on the Sea of Azov and establishing a land bridge from Russia to Crimea, what would the Republicans do?

Yet undeniably, inside the GOP, the day of the hawk is again at hand. Sen. Cotton, whose tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan give him a street cred that other GOP hawks do not have, is making no apologies, not backing down, driving the debate and being emulated by the GOP presidential hopefuls. Sen. Rand Paul signed his letter, as did Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

And the Republicans are betting, probably correctly, that the invitation to Bibi to dis Obama and elevate the menace of Iran will sit well with a Jewish community that historically votes Democratic.

But short-term gains could be canceled out by long-term losses.

If Kerry comes home with a deal to which Germany, Britain, France, Russia, China and the U.N. Security Council have signed on, will Congress spend two years trying to scuttle it? Will Congress refuse to lift sanctions on Iran even if all our principal allies have done so?

In addition to bellicosity, the GOP seems to suffer from inconsistency. Even as it seeks to strip Obama of his power to close a deal with Iran, it is trying to give him a blank check to fight ISIS.

And who is fighting the Islamic State today in Tikrit, Iraq?

The Shiite militia and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.




Leo Hylan
3/17/2015 11:11 PM

  If Putin decides to seize a land bridge to Crimea, it will only be because Russia and its fraternal peoples want that bridge. Putin is carrying out the wishes of the people. Any GOP bellicose reaction will NOT be the wishes of the American people. Which country is a democracy?

Clyde Wilson
Columbia, SC
3/18/2015 02:27 PM

  The question is not whether the GOP will kick away their chance to win. Their winning will be of no use and they have already defeated the support of real patriots. The question is, if they win, will they carry out their catastrophically stupid posturing? The Republican Party has never, ever cared about or represented the American people. It represents money and the ambitions of third-rate politicians without wisdom or integrity. The Democratic administration is acting more sensibly than the Republican leadership. Did you ever think you would live to be thankful for Obama?

Ray Olson
St. Paul
3/18/2015 03:01 PM

  "Is this [war now and forever, amen] what Americans want?", Mr. Buchanan seems to ask. Well, given that Americans voters created the Republican Senate majority that almost unanimously signed Cotton's letter, I'd say the answer is YES! I fear that America won't learn that the Republican Party is deeply, unalterably evil--indeed, satanic--as well as stupid until the country is at least as bankrupt materially as its political and commercial elites are spiritually and morally. I can no more understand how anyone with a trace of decency left can vote for a Republican for congressional or executive office. It's nearly the case that even the most corrupt and venal Democrat must be preferred to any Republican as long as the GOP continues hell-bent on the destruction of the country and the world.

Bryan Fox
3/18/2015 07:19 PM

  I am not thankful for Obama, never will be. I do recognized the insidious nature of the GOP, for the most part. I cannot fathom the fixation with antagonizing the Russians over territory and peoples who have no bearing on everyday American life. However, the Democrats are even less redeeming and I believe no self-respecting White man would be affiliated. No one in this discussion knows the details of the Kerry deal with Iran and won't until the ink is dry, true to the Obamanites dubious methods. I don't trust their abilities or values to act in the true best interest of the country. To throw every problem in the solar system at the feet of the GOP is absurd.

3/20/2015 03:32 AM

  Is this the same Buchanan that wrote speeches for Americas greatest president Ronald Reagan who called the Soviet Union the Evil Empire. The reality is that the Republican Party loves America and it's people. We fight against the war on Christian religious freedom from the left. We fight against those on the left who want to strengthen our enemies who want to destroy us. We fight to strengthen the traditional family in America. We fight to lower taxes on our middle class families. We fight to protect innocent human life, the unborn child. I suggest that all of you on this blog who hate America move to Cuba as soon as you can. I'm sure you will enjoy living in that truly peace loving nation.


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