Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73
This week 47 Republican Senators sent a letter to the leaders of Iran in regards to President Obama’s deal on that terrorist nation’s nuclear weapons program. Those Senators, representing the majority party, sought to remind Iran that any deal struck with Obama would likely be a treaty, requiring 2/3s of the Senate to ratify it, a vote that is highly unlikely. Furthermore, any other type of agreement would only be temporary and could be revoked under a new President in just a few short years.
Aside from Obama’s unacceptable appeasement mentality, why did they take such an unusual, although not unprecedented, action? Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who conservatives have come to loathe in recent years, said it best. The President had essentially told Congress “to go to hell.” So they decided to take some action to counter the dangerous path of President Neville Chamberlain Obama.
One of the few Republican Senators who did not sign the bill was Thad Cochran, who thinks the administration should use a more cautious approach in dealing with Iran. “I think taking one step at a time and making one decision at a time is a better policy than trying in one sentence to describe what the policy is or ought to be,” he said.
He even believes Obama, someone he thought would make a good President, understands the threat Iran poses: “I think everybody understands we’re not going to just sit back and let potential adversaries put us in a position where we can’t defend ourselves and protect our country’s interests.” So Cochran is obviously siding with Obama on this issue, as dangerous is it is. We can now put him squarely in the Chamberlain camp on Iran.
But why would he do that? Today we found a major reason why Cochran did not join the defense hawks in the Senate who seek harsher measures against Iran. As we all know, Cochran owes his Senate “victory” over Chris McDaniel to the despicable acts and dirty tricks of the Barbour machine. Now it’s time for Ole Thad to pay the piper!
GOP power broker Haley Barbour’s lobby shop, BGR Group, represents a Russian bank that has financed a company that helped build Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, according to corporate documents and lobbying disclosure records. The bank is owned by a secretive oligarch, Mikhail Fridman, who has met at least twice with White House officials in the last few years, according to visitor logs.
As we said during the Senate campaign, Cochran will do Uncle Haley’s bidding, no matter the cost or sacrifice. It seems the corruption never stops with the Barbours, and Cochran is tied up in it too, just as we assured people it would be. Last year we had a golden opportunity to replace Cochran with a true statesman and a patriot who would never have cut any backroom deals with any lobbying firm, let alone the Barbours, and who would never have sold out his country’s security in order to get re-elected. This is truly despicable on Thad Cochran’s part.