Ignore the Fake Treaty Fetishists

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“Iran hawks are never less credible than when they talk about making the nuclear deal that they hate into a treaty. Here is a Bloomberg editorial calling for just that: ‘The smarter course for both sides is to hold out for a treaty, sanctioned by the U.S. Senate.’ This is not a serious proposal, and the recent experience with the Trump administration shows why. The Treaty on Open Skies and the INF Treaty were both ratified by the Senate by overwhelming majorities, they had been very successful agreements that benefited all parties, and then on the pretext of some Russian violations Trump pulled out of both of them. … no matter what you think about those decisions it is obvious that there is nothing magical about a ratified treaty that guarantees that it will survive presidential whims.” (06/04/21)