He came out of nowhere like a meteor to take American politics by storm. He is the greatest orator of his age, though far better at giving set piece addresses than in speaking off the cuff. He inspires fervent devotion and scorn in equal measure, as his first-rate intellect is matched only by his arrogant assumption that he is always in the right, and that those who don’t agree with him must either be dim or have ulterior motives. For all the hysteria that surrounds him, he is a cool, cerebral man, not given to sharing his inner thoughts. Further, he is convinced that he - and he alone - can re-make the world, and shows few signs of flexibility toward his many enemies.
It is very hard to tell from the above descriptive paragraph if I am talking about Woodrow Wilson, or the present occupant of the White House. For the two uncannily similar men share one more attribute in common: They both have a terrible track record in dealing with Congress, a commonality that may prove Barack Obama’s undoing, as surely as it destroyed Wilson.
Already the critics of the president’s interim Iran nuclear deal, including a large number in Congress, are circling. First, the interim agreement keeps the nuclear technology of Iran intact; rather than rolling back the program it is at best merely mothballed. In return for sanctions relief, Tehran need merely wait for 10 or 15 years (a blink of an eye for a country like Iran) and then wholly legally proceed to jumpstart its nuclear program.
Second, the pace for the lifting of sanctions is unclear, but it appears to be far quicker than most observers expected. It has been estimated that it will take Iran at least six months from the signing of the final agreement in late June to fulfil all the conditions necessary to receive sanctions relief; that means that as soon as the end of this year the majority of sanctions could already be a thing of the past.
The two uncannily similar men share one more attribute in common: They both have a terrible track record in dealing with Congress, a commonality that may prove Barack Obama’s undoing, as surely as it destroyed WilsonDr. John C. Hulsman