Morning Wakeup Call for Thursday, March 12: O’Malley emerging; Iran on a roll; Obama vs. Cotton
Morning news, views and commentary from Political Woman:
Martin O’Malley – the 2016 Obama?
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe is giving voice to what many Democratic poo-bahs and donors are already seeing for themselves. Hillary is NOT, repeat NOT, inevitable as the candidate for the Democratic nomination for President. “Most years, there’s the inevitable front-runner and that inevitable front-runner is inevitable right up until he or she is no longer inevitable,” said O’Malley. He also stated that if he decides to enter the race, he’s “in it to win it.” Hillary may run, but as I’ve stated before, I’m not convinced she will. It will take a “come to Jesus” meeting between her and her advisers, Bill and his advisers, to finally put the kabash on her Presidential dream. If O’Malley does enter the race, watch for the donors to begin to decide it’s okay to ditch Hillary and turn to O’Malley (or someone else).
Iran re-taking Tikrit from ISIS – but then what?
Just another day in the Middle East as the US vacates its leadership on the world stage. Shiite militias backed by Iran and led by Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), dramatically outnumbered the Iraqi army forces as the battle escalates. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his speech before Congress last week, was quite clear about Iran’s desire for regional hegemony. Once Iran takes Tirkrit, one can imagine them rolling into other cities, towns and villages with the ultimate outcome that Iraq will become a puppet-state of Iran. General Martin Dempsey, back from a week’s trip to Iraq, is greatly concerned about the roll of the Iranian-backed militias, not to mention whether Sunni/Shiite strife will begin anew or whether Iran will be a more unifying force.
When historians begin recording this saga, fingers will be pointing toward the current White House occupant, who in his misguided zeal to end American involvement in the Iraq, led the US and the world to a more dangerous outcome. Iran views its role on the world stage in decades, and waits and plans patiently. In our lifetime, we’ll see Iran as the 21st Century Soviet Union, only far, far more dangerous. While America and the Soviet Union glared at each other toe-to-toe, Obama will have neutered the American military, as he has already done with our influence in the Middle East. We’ll be less able to influence events, which in turn, influence our own safety and national security.
Why Tom Cotton’s Letter to Iran Matters
In a New York Post article, “Exposing Iran’s Plan to Box in America“, author Seth Lipsky argues that if Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) letter to the Iranian leadership did anything, it drew them out.
“Yet it’s starting to look like Cotton’s letter isn’t as dumb as everyone has been suggesting.
For Cotton has managed to draw out the Iranians into boasting about their strategy for entrapping America via “international law.” That gives away their game.
Tehran and Obama are betting they don’t need the Senate. They intend to get the deal “ratified” in the United Nations.
Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, loves the idea that the talks involve not just America but all five permanent members of the Security Council, known as the P5+1 (America, Britain, France, Russia and China, plus Germany).
The 47 senators think that the next president can un-do the P5+1 accord? Hah, the Iranians sneer – that would be a “blatant violation of international law,” especially once the Security Council passes a resolution endorsing the agreement.”
Harkening back to the time that President Woodrow Wilson tried to cut out the Senate when he was involved in setting up the League of Nations, we now have a similar situation with the President saying he doesn’t need the Senate’s approval to seal the nuclear deal with Iran. Rule not by Congress, but by King. Cotton, on the other hand, along with 46 other Republican Senators, ain’t buyin’ it. Forget the blowback of the Dems, they did their part with Pelosi’s meeting with Assad, and that great photo op of Kerry and Harkin meeting with Daniel Ortega. In Tom Cotton, the Republicans just may have found their 21st Century Ronald Reagan.