War much easier than peace
Jon Stewart used his show to point out many ironies that the Senate opposition to the agreement with Iran illustrated. He first played clips of several Senators as they disparaged an agreement they evidently had not seen.
The reality is that very few believed that the Obama administration would get as tough of an agreement as the administration did. Many Senators had already had their talking points ready. Irrespective of the reality, they were going to use them.
Jon Stewart exposed Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) as the warmongering inexperienced Senator that he is. On April 7th, Cotton was interviewed on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins. So what did Cotton recommend instead of peaceful negotiations?
“Something more along the lines of what President Clinton did in December 1998,” Tom Cotton said. “several days of air and naval bombing against Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities.”
Jon Stewart went on to point out that Congressional outrage was selective. He showed how lax Senators were whenever Presidents had engaged militarily. In fact to date they have done nothing to reign in President Obama on drones strikes and many other military actions.
Stewart showed clips of senators talking about unintended consequences of any peace deal. Did they ever ask about the unintended consequences of war? Americans are living through them right now. ISIS, Libya, Syria and many other failed states are the direct or indirect results of those unintended consequences they neocons rarely worry about.
Jon Stewart pointed out a rather poor construction within the US Constitution as it relates to congressional actions in war and peace.
“But that is the kind of goodness baked into the Constitution. To make peace two thirds of the Senate need to come along. You want to go to war though, a simple majority. And a quick tip. If you call it something else you can do whatever the fuck you want.
Sad but true.