For John, BLUF: Is this all about President Obama's legacy? Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Roll Call we have this article by Reporters Hannah Hess and Niels Lesniewski, Republicans Not Rushing to Criticize Menendez Menendez being New Jersey Senior Senator Bob Menendez.♠ From the article:
Sen. Mark S. Kirk became the latest Republican to suggest reports of corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez are the result of “politically motivated” leaks by the Justice Department.Meanwhile, over on Facebook, Craig H is trying to make the case that expressing opinions, individually or collectively, by US Senators, is treason.♥
Echoing speculation from Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Kirk told reporters Monday night that timing of the news about a pending indictment for the New Jersey Democrat could be related to efforts by Menendez to rally support within his party for an Iran sanctions bill.
Because the stakes are so high, everyone is playing hardball on this one.
What I am not hearing is how we are going to deal with a nuclear Iran, since the agreement the President seems to be working on is going to buy us a decade of respite, at best. We need a judgment on how long it will take for Iran to produce the 25 or 30 weapons they will need to pose a credible threat. Then we need to rejigger our understanding of deterrence so that we can avoid nuclear war in the Middle East.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ In the interest of full disclosure, Senator Menendez is not one of my heroes in the US Senate.
♥ Anyone know how to link to a specific Facebook thread?