Cuba, Iran Agreements: Deals with the Devil?
President Barack Obama announced two major foreign policy moves: first, removing Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism and second, giving Congress a say in the Iranian nuclear deal.
The president advised Congress that after three decades, he's taking Cuba off the list of terror-sponsoring countries, such as Syria, Sudan and Iran.
Republicans were quick to condemn the move, pointing out that the Cuban government continues to oppress its own people and support terrorist activities.
One of the biggest criticisms of the president's plan to normalize relations with Cuba is the Castro regime's support of global terrorism. CBN'S Gary Lane spoke with Dr. Jaime Suchlicki, with the University of Miami. Click below to watch the interview:
Removing Cuba from the list terror-supporting countries will make it easier for its communist government to get credit from non-U.S. banks, transfer funds between countries and conduct other international transactions.
Meanwhile, bowing to pressure from lawmakers, Obama agreed to a compromise allowing Congress to reject his "once in a lifetime" nuclear deal with Iran.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says that's the right thing to do.
"I believe Congress should play a role in ensuring that all the details that need to be in place are there and that on behalf of the American people, before the congressionally mandated sanctions are lifted, that we on their behalf ensure that this is something that holds Iran accountable, is enforceable, and certainly is very transparent," Corker said.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, an outspoken critic of the president's negotiations with Iran, said "I don't know how you cut a deal with the devil and think the devil is going to keep his end of the deal."
Many Republican lawmakers believe the president is getting nothing in return for his outreach to Cuba. With regard to Iran, many say the president is likely to have his way as long as enough Democrats support him.