The Democratic and Republican Parties in the United States seek the same imperial policies around the world and neither is better for peace, says an American political commentator.
“There’s this rope-a-dope, tag team effect that the US political parties engage in and it serves several functions,” Daniel Patrick Welch told Press TV on Friday.
“It serves the fiction that there really is a robust debate going on about the US geopolitical strategy and to imply that the US regime would be any less of a rogue terrorist state under a Democrat cabal than it would be under a Republican cabal,” Welch said.
Democrats, including members of the administration of President Barack Obama, have a “horrific record” on the international stage for their destructive interventions in numerous countries, he added.
Welch said the confrontation between the two parties over the Iran nuclear agreement “is more of a show than a showdown.”
The analyst characterized the US political system as a form of “oligarchic paternalism,” where the elite dictate to the voters a range of acceptable candidates to vote for. “[It] is like a governmental effect of, or mimic of parenting. It’s like a good parent, a well-meaning parent giving safe and limited choices to toddlers.”
Republican members of a US congressional panel have passed legislation that could undermine the nuclear agreement with Iran, setting up a potential showdown with Democrats and the White House over one of Obama's signature foreign policy initiatives.
The Republican-led House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee approved the bill by a voice vote, which will then be considered by the full House next week.
The "Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act" would give Congress more oversight of the Iran agreement announced in July.
The nuclear accord, known as the JCPOA, was reached between Iran and six world powers in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 14, 2015.
The JCPOA puts limits on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic related to its nuclear program.
Republicans say the measure is to put pressure on Iran over its ballistic missile program and its support for groups fighting Israel in the Middle East.
Several Foreign Affairs committee Democrats, including some who opposed the nuclear deal last summer, vehemently objected to the Iran oversight measure.