Jon Stewart: GOP Rejects Negotiation, Yet Jumps at Chance to Start War
Decades of intervening in conflicts in the Middle East has not taught us much. Last week, the Obama administration reached a “historic outline of a framework of an outline for a potential draft of a prefinal tentative nuclear deal arrangement pending approval” along with five other countries. But GOP congressional leaders have fought the agreement every step of the way, from what they say is concern about the “blowback” and “unintended consequences” such a deal may bring.
As Jon Stewart points out, they don’t seem to share this concern when launching destabilizing military operations in countries from Yemen to Iraq. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) believes that instead of negotiating a deal with Iran, we should use air and naval strikes against their nuclear facilities, as Clinton did in Iraq in 1998.
“Yeah that 1998 bombing fixed Iraq forever, transitioning that country from a dictatorship to an America-loving, kitten- and fudge-based democracy,” Stewart said.
Despite the proven “unintended consequences” of military action, GOP leaders such as Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) are steadfast in their refusal to participate in international agreements. UN treaties on small arms trading and disability rights have gone unsigned by the U.S. because they would, apparently, “infringe on our sovereignty.”
As Stewart put it, “You never know the blowback peaceful cooperation can have.”