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Rep. Paul Gosar: Obama Has 'No Clue' on Foreign Policy

By    |   Tuesday, 17 March 2015 03:09 PM

Congress is asserting itself more openly on foreign policy to counter the haplessness of the Obama administration, Rep. Paul Gosar told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Tuesday.

"This administration has shown a very poor aptitude in foreign affairs, and it behooves the Congress and particularly the Senate to have direct oversight," said the Arizona Republican and National Security subcommittee member.

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"This administration, whether it be Ukraine, whether it be Syria, whether it be the horn of Africa, whether it be ISIS, they have no clue what they are doing," he said.

Nuclear talks with Iran are another case in point, said Gosar, referencing a controversial letter to Iranian leaders signed by 47 Senate Republicans. The White House has criticized the letter — which warns that any agreement could be scrapped — as an attempt to derail negotiations and embarrass the president.

But Gosar said the fact that senators felt compelled to speak out "shows you the lengths that this administration will go to find a deal," even "when no deal is better than this bad deal."

Even Senate Democrats who disliked the letter share its concerns — enough of them, said Gosar, "that we're maybe reaching that threshold of a veto-poof majority" for a bill to impose new economic sanctions on Iran and give Congress review power over any deal.

Legislative oversight for nuclear nonproliferation agreements has proven critical, said Gosar, because the last time a White House proceeded without a direct role for Congress — in Clinton-era negotiations with North Korea — the end result was another nuclear-armed nation deeply hostile to the United States.

"Look at where that ended up, " he said.

"This is a volatile area and even the Democrats understand that," said Gosar. "They have not liked the process, but they acknowledge that it was the right message."

Gosar also discussed Tuesday's elections in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at risk of losing his post two weeks after a speech to Congress in which he, too, parted company with the White House by warning against the deal currently taking shape with Iran.

Gosar said he hopes Netanyahu manages to hang on. He also said there needs to be an investigation into rumors that the Obama administration is actively backing Netanyahu's opponent, Isaac Herzog, who has veterans of Obama's presidential campaigns in his camp.

Gosar criticized the White House for "coercion and trying to overthrow the current prime minister," and called the involvement of Obama campaign operatives in Israel's elections part of a White House pattern. Other examples he gave were the Benghazi embassy attack, the botched Fast and Furious gun-running probe and the IRS targeting of conservative political organizations.

"Once again this administration has gone for egregious behavior and then asked for immunity after the fact," said Gosar.

Turning to domestic issues, Gosar called the 2016 budget unveiled by House Republicans on Tuesday the launch of a new national conversation about the imperative of getting America's finances in order.

"I don't know that it's perfect," he said of the $3.8 trillion package. "It's a starting point."

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