As I was channel-surfing this morning, I caught a snippet of an interview on Face the Nation which I think is very reflective of our political problems today. The interviewer, not the interviewee but the interviewer mind you, asked a question to the effect of do you think that President Trump’s going back on a U. S. promise will have an adverse effect on our relationship with our European allies?
Ignoring that that was editorializing rather than interviewing, isn’t that the problem? The “Iran deal” was only a “U. S. promise” as long as President Obama was in office. After he left office President Trump had as much authority to abrogate the deal as President Obama had to enter into it. President Obama never pursued getting Congressional support for the deal which meant that it was executive discretion which cannot be binding on a succeeding executive.
I cut a certain amount of slack for Europeans who don’t understand our system. We understand their systems even less. I don’t cut the same slack for U. S. journalists who, regardless of their political views, should at least understand our system of government.