Saturday, January 17, 2015

Obama Asks Congress to Hold Off on Iranian Sanctions

President Obama told lawmakers, including fellow Democrats, that he would veto a bill imposing new sanctions on Iran, saying there was “no good argument” for increasing penalties on Tehran right now. 
"There is no good argument for us to try to undercut, undermine the negotiations, until they've played themselves out," Obama said in a joint news conference Friday with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House. 
"I will veto a bill that comes to my desk," he added, urging Congress to "hold off" on such actions. 
Lawmakers are readying legislation that would place new economic penalties on Iran, as the Obama administration tries to finalize a deal to curtail the country’s nuclear program.
One of Obama's biggest weaknesses is his inability to communicate effectively. Does he have a valid reason for not wanting sanctions against Iran? We don't know. Maybe he thinks that Iran is needed to offset the growing power of ISIS, or balance out the power of the Arab Gulf states. But since he can't articulate this--probably because he thinks the American public too stupid to understand--he can't garner much support for his positions. Instead of talking to the American public as intelligent, educated adults, he spits out tired platitudes that only satisfy the low-information voter base on which he depends.

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