An effort is being contemplated to put some limits on how much Obama can give Iran in the upcoming talks with its government:
An aide to Corker, R-Tenn., confirms to Fox News Corker is considering a proposal that would prohibit the White House from loosening sanctions on the Iranian regime unless it made major concessions on its missile and nuclear programs. Corker’s plans were first reported by The Daily Beast.
Corker’s legislation would require concessions far beyond those currently being considered ahead of Iran’s talks with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany in Geneva.
“We’ve crafted an amendment to freeze the administration in and make it so they are unable to reduce the sanctions unless certain things occur,” Corker told The Daily Beast. “They have the ability now to waive sanctions. But we’re very concerned that in their desire to make any deal that they may in fact do something that is very bad for our country.”
This is an interesting development (more details here). I don’t know whether Corker can muster the votes to pass something like that. I’m also not sure whether Obama would abide by such a rule even if passed. His response might be, “Just try and stop me.”
Obama is about executive power. He has been focusing on domestic policies lately, but that doesn’t mean that foreign policy isn’t important to him, especially Iran. Another one of his longed-for legacies would be some sort of “peace” in our times with that country.