Texans React to Senator John Cornyn's Bizarre Comments on Iran Deal

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This weekend, Iran reached an historic deal with the United States and five other nations, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in exchange for some relief from decades of economic sanctions. The deal has been heralded by many as President Obama's most important foreign policy achievement to date, and a significant step toward world peace. Others, such as Israel and the GOP have criticized the fact that the deal still allows Iran to enrich some uranium, arguing that this puts the world at risk.

And then there's Senator John Cornyn. After the deal was reached, he had perhaps the strangest reaction of anyone. Completely missing the point of the deal, he tweeted this on Saturday night:

Now, most of us realize that the White House's motives for trying to advance world peace through diplomacy are separate from the Affordable Care Act. But Senator Cornyn, perhaps trying to prove his right-wing credentials in preparation for next spring's Republican Primary, stuck with the Tea Party line of attack even when it was totally unrelated to the issue at hand.

Cornyn's outlandish tweet did lead to some memorable reactions on Twitter. Check them out after the jump.

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Katie Singh

Katie grew up in Austin and has been involved in Texas politics since 2004. She has been a part of several campaigns, from state house races to working at President Obama's campaign headquarters in 2012. She loves public policy, public health, and tacos. Katie tweets from @kasingh19.

4 Comments

  1. Tweets . . .
    I wonder if any of those that commented on Cornyn's tweet actually have read what is in the deal. Or do we have to sign it to know what is in it. Apparently Iran does not agree with the White House interpretation of the key points. Of course it is Iran's word against the WH. Unfortunately going on recent history not sure who to believe. Historic deal? Of course! Just ask the WH.

  2. Basically
    We are going to let them do what they have been wanting to for years, enrich uranium, and relaxing sanctions. We are tough. I do have to ask. Are we inept or are we distracting attention from O-Care?

  3. ScalesOnYourEyes on

    The point
    The Iranian deal is a huge distraction from many things. It's not a deal for peace by any means. If you look into the deal you'll see that it doesn't forbid Iran from doing much of anything they have been doing already, and it only keeps them from being within a few weeks of the technical capabilities of producing a nuclear weapon.

    A big part of the deal that isn't being reported is that Iran is forbidden from accepting gold as payment for oil. They've been able to function around the sanctions we've placed on them, and China is happily buying more oil from our allies (Saudi Arabia) as well as our enemies (Iran), with both gold and their more economically respectable yuan. The US Gov wasn't able to scare us into attacking them directly through the guise of “they have nukes,” and they weren't able to get us into Syria to bait Iran into war.

    The deal is economic and militarily strategic.

    Economically – the dollar is on its last legs and in order to squeeze as much out of it as possible before the plug is pulled we need to ensure demand for it.

    Militarily – the deal will not be honored by Iran and we know this. They're not idiots – they'll be building up an arsenal of nuclear weapons. Who wouldn't in their position. Now we give Saudi Arabia and Israel the cover to be aggressors, as well as have a just political position to attack them when they don't honor their agreement.

    It's a nice distraction, not just from Obamacare, and has nothing to do with peace.  

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