United States Senator Ben Sasse remains leery of Iran as negotiations continue on a nuclear deal.
Sasse says there has been a shift in how the United States deals with Iran, with the Obama Administration no longer holding to America’s traditional stance that Iran can never have a nuclear arsenal.
“What’s different is the international community looks to the U.S. for leadership and the U.S. has abandoned the historic position and now everybody else is caving as well,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Sasse backs a move to insert some Congressional oversight into the six-country negotiations with Iran. The measure would require any agreement reached by the June 30th deadline to come before Congress for approval. The president would not be able to lift sanctions against Iran without approval.
There is a catch though. If Congress rejects the agreement, it would be very difficult to override a likely presidential veto.
Sasse says U.S. policy toward Iran should not change; that Iran should never have nuclear weapons.
“The lesson we learned at 9/11 was we’re not going to tolerate nations that fund terrorism and that’s who Iran is,” Sasse says. “So, I don’t understand what the administration is up to.”
Sasse speculates President Obama believes he can transform the nature of the Iranian regime and burnish his legacy.
Sasse says this conflict extends beyond the usual Republican Congress versus Democratic president. While Sasse says there are plenty of reasons to oppose the deal being forge with Iran, he insists there is a constitutional issue at stake. Sasse says approval of a deal without Congressional input would violate the separation of powers. And while Sasse would rather the agreement be considered a treaty, requiring Senate approval, it at least needs to undergo Congressional review.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]