Despite President Joe Biden’s ongoing failures, Democrats seek to resurrect one that came from his previous stint as vice president. However, Republicans have vowed to fight it.
Biden administration is mulling resurrecting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action deal with Iran that already proved futile once before, the Washington Examiner reported. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell objects to it without a Congressional review and has called for “major hearings.”
The Kentucky Republican is leary of reinstating the deal that would remove sanctions from Iran in exchange for limiting its nuclear program, at least without bipartisan approval. “The nature of the Biden administration’s approach to Tehran thus far has concerned not just Republicans but members of both parties,” McConnell said.
Still, he’s agreed with Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez that the U.S. needs to do something to stop a nuclear Iran. “Our Democratic colleague, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, recently exhorted the administration and our partners to ‘exert more pressure on Iran to counter its nuclear program, its missile program, and its dangerous behavior around the Middle East, including attacks on American personnel and assets.'”
However, this deal has had its share of detractors since its implementation for the first time in 2015. Former President Barack Obama had brokered the controversial deal while Biden served as his vice president.
Then, former President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal in 2018 because Iran didn’t hold up its end of the bargain. McConnell similarly sees this as another failure waiting to happen and urges input from Congress.
“If the president seeks to remove sanctions on Iran, there will be votes,” he said. “Democrats who now regret their recent vote to protect the Nord Stream 2 pipeline should think twice before voting to help President Biden ease sanctions on Iranian entities that engage in terrorism, missile proliferation, or human rights abuses,” he said of Biden’s failure to contain Russia.
The Iran deal was a miscalculation of the Obama administration and certainly does not bear repeating if the U.S. hopes to succeed. Unfortunately, the same could be said about Biden himself.