Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to defend Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Most of Kerry’s testimony was a rehash of this administration’s usual rhetoric on Iran. No, we don’t trust them. Yes, we’ll be able to catch them if they cheat. This is the only way to keep Tehran from building a nuclear weapon. So forth and so on.
But things got interesting when one congressman asked Kerry if he would abide by the law if Congress chose to block the deal. Better still, it was a Democrat: California Rep. Brad Sherman:
“Will you follow the law even though you think it violates this agreement clearly and even if you think it’s absolutely terrible policy?”
If you were expecting Kerry to shrug and say, “Of course, that’s what being a public servant is all about” then you don’t know much about this administration. They’re so mesmerized by their own liberal agenda that they can’t even pretend to obey the law.
“I can’t begin to answer that at this point without consulting with the president and determining what the circumstances are,” said Kerry.
When Sherman pressed him, Kerry merely maintained that he was refusing to “deal with a hypothetical.”
A Hypothetical Future
Kerry may want to brush up on congressional law in the next few months, because he may come face to face with Sherman’s hypothetical. Republicans are certainly going to make an attempt to block Obama from lifting sanctions. And if they can get enough Democrats on board to override the president’s promised veto, we could see fireworks in Washington.
It’s an unlikely scenario; Democrats who dare to oppose the White House will find themselves marginalized by the party in no time. It’s not even certain that Republicans will have the heart for this fight; when push comes to shove, these lawmakers cave more often than not. No, this fight was probably over the moment Obama announced the deal.
But it’s still illuminating to see Kerry avoid a very simple question. Has this administration become so arrogant that laws are but a mere inconvenience? If this deal with Iran is so good, why can’t it be conducted with the full support of the American Congress? Why is Israel so opposed to it? Why are Iran’s closest neighbors sounding the warning bell?
Now those are some questions Kerry might want to avoid.