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What happens in the halls of national government – for better or for worse – can dictate the future course of America. Along with your fellow Prayer Team members, you are to be constantly and fervently interceding for all the men and women who serve in Congress, for your military leaders in the Pentagon, and for the President of the United States, his cabinet and administration.

“Inside Washington” will equip you to do just that … with reports on the nation’s leaders and the decisions they’re considering … or have already made. We’ll examine the implications for the nation, and call you to specific prayer for those needs.

Will The Scorpion “Play Nice?”

Inside Washington

Congress has 60 days to stop Iran pact

By Dr. Tom Askew

An old fable tells the story of a scorpion being carried across a river by a frog, after promising the frog that he will not sting him. Arriving safely on the other side, the scorpion stings the frog, who asks with his dying breath why the scorpion did not keep his word. “It’s my nature,” answered the scorpion.

In a demonstration of his preference for diplomacy over hard-line tactics, President Obama has crafted a pact with Iran that will lift economic sanctions against that nation in exchange for international inspections of the development of Iran’s nuclear program. This agreement would also lift a ban that prevents Iran from enriching uranium and obtaining the other resources needed to create nuclear weaponry.

While Iranian diplomats declare that nuclear development will only be for peaceful purposes, their religious leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears to think differently.

Based on recent statements by Khamemei, Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently stated to his cabinet, “The Iranians are not even trying to hide the fact they will take advantage of the hundreds of billions they will receive via the agreement to arm their terror machine. And they say explicitly they will continue their struggle against the United States and its allies, Israel of course above all.”

Even President Obama admits that this use of Iran’s assets is likely, but argues that it will give the West access to accomplish a “greater” goal of preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb. President Obama expressed in a recent statement: “Is the incremental additional money that they’ve got to try to destabilize the region or send to their proxies, is that more important than preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon? No. So I think, again, this is a matter of us making a determination of what is our priority.”

The fight on America’s own soil 

There yet remains one hurdle for the implementation of the President’s Iran agreement: Congress. Within a sixty day window beginning July 20, Congress could pass a resolution negating the treaty. It is a certainty that this will be proposed, and a likelihood that it will pass. So likely, in fact, that the President has already promised to veto such a resolution. Then the battle would become getting enough votes (a two thirds majority of both houses would be required) to override the President’s veto.

Anticipating this scenario, the President has been hosting golf outings with possible “swing voters” such as Democratic Congressmen Joe Courtney of Connecticut, Ed Perlmutter of Colorado and John Yarmuth of Kentucky. Leading the opposition to the proposed pact is Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who has taken to the airwaves to make his case before the American public.

In recent appearances on both CNN and Fox News, Cotton has criticized this negotiation with Iran, calling for an extension of the status quo (embargoes and economic sanctions) with the threat of military force to back them up. “We have to remember who we are dealing with; Iran is anti-American,’ the Arkansas Republican told CNN's “New Day” host Chris Cuomo. “They will get $100 billion in sanctions relief and lift the weapons embargo at a time they still sponsor terrorism. They cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons or threshold capacity. This deal puts them on the path to that whether in the coming months or years, or in eight to 10 years.”

The eight to ten year time frame that Cotton references is stated in the Obama pact as a window for close scrutiny of Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement does not state what would happen in terms of Western inspections after that period. Cotton calls this a “gamble” that Iran will change in eight to ten years. He then points out that just nine years ago, “Iran was trying to kill me and my soldiers in Iraq.” Cotton, a veteran, is skeptical of any Iranian willingness to cooperate with the U.S.

Incidentally, the origin of the fable of the frog and scorpion is believed to be Persia – modern day Iran.

Praying for the “frog”

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Dr. Tom Askew has been an educator in both public and private schools for over forty years, in both the U.S. and overseas. He is currently doing educational consulting and instruction for Christian schools in Arizona.

Member Comments

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  1. I wonder just what President Obama hopes his “legacy” to be? He is not an unintelligent person so he must know that Iran will stay true to their nature. In which case, it appears that he is working toward “Muslimizing” America as his legacy.

    Nice frog analogy, Tom.

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