Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has blocked President Obama’s nominee to be a counterterrorism official at the Treasury Department because he is still mad about the Iran nuclear deal.
Video of Cotton objecting to the nomination:
Until just a few weeks ago I did not object to Mr. Szubin’s nomination. I did oppose the nomination in the Banking Committee because he supports a clearly inconsistent interpretation of the Iran Threats Reduction Act because it would hinder the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.
To be fair to Mr. Szubin, he is well respected on both sides of the aisle having worked in the former Bush administration. I suspect this is not his interpretation. This is the interpretation of the community organizer and the failed novelist and the political operative who are in charge of implementing these parts of the Iran nuclear deal.
However, I couldn’t in good conscience support the nomination given that clearly flawed interpretation. But just two or three weeks ago Secretary Jack Lew gave a speech in which he all but announced the United States government was going to allow Iran access to the U.S. dollar. This would truly unravel every last sanction that we have against Iran, not just for their nuclear program, but for their campaign of aggression and terror throughout the Middle East.
This is in direct contradiction to what Secretary Lew said, and in direct contradiction to what Mr. Szubin said. In fact, I would note his testimony before the Banking Committee last summer. ‘Iranian banks will not be able to clear U.S. dollars through New York, hold correspondent account relationships with U.S. financial institutions, or enter into financing arrangements with U.S. banks. In short, Iran will continue to be denied access to the world’s principle financial and commercial market.’
Further in another quote, ‘Nor will Iran be able to access the U.S. banking sector even for that momentary transaction that we call dollarize a foreign payment.’ Yet, Secretary Lew has all but announced that the United States government will allow Iran to dollarize their foreign transactions. In fact, Secretary of State John Kerry just this week is meeting with his foreign counterpart to try to figure out more ways to keep economic benefits on the world’s state sponsor of terrorism. So, until President Obama, and Secretary Kerry, and Secretary Lew publicly and conclusively renounce any intent to allow Iran to dollarize and foreign transaction, I will object to this nomination. And if the Senator from Ohio, and 41 other Democrats don’t like that they should have considered it before they voted for a deal that gave over $100 billion to the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism. I object.”
Sen. Cotton is so worried about national security that he is blocking President Obama acting Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Adam Szubin, from being confirmed permanently to the position.
This might seem like another garden variety example of Republican obstruction if it wasn’t for the fact that Szubin’s job involves leading, “the policy, enforcement, regulatory, and intelligence functions of the Treasury Department aimed at identifying and disrupting the lines of financial support to international terrorist organizations, proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, narcotics traffickers, and other actors posing a threat to our national security or foreign policy.”
Because Tehran Tom Cotton is still upset that the Obama administration’s agreement with Iran has taken away the main Republican pretext for their next war in the Middle East, he is blocking the full-time appointment of an official who would keep America safe by disrupting financial support to terrorist organizations.
As Republicans try to convince voters that they are fit to occupy the White House, keep in mind that Tom Cotton literally made it easier for terrorists to get financial resources because he is mad at President Obama.
Tom Cotton has proven that the biggest threats to the safety of the American people are Republican Senators, not Islamic extremists.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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