|47 Republican senators send an unprecedented letter to the leaders of Iran|
For the past several months President Obama and and five other world powers (Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany) have been negotiating with Iran about their Nuclear capabilities. The goal of the talks is to limit Iran’s ability to enrich uranium to the point that it could be used to build a nuclear bomb. If the talks are successful Iran would agree to disable any bomb making abilities which would be verified under the eye of international inspectors for 10 years.
This would not only avoid a war with yet another middle eastern country but would also ensure that Iran would remain free of nuclear weapons for at least a decade... all without a shot being fired.
But now it appears that there is an effort to scuttle the negotiations as 47 Republican senators have sent an open letter to the leaders of Iran about the ongoing negotiations telling them in essence to pull out of the talks. Their reasoning is that any nuclear deal with the Obama administration would not be constitutionally binding because a future president or congress could and, according to them, would take steps to revoke it.
The letter states...
“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system … Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement. The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”
The goal of sending this unprecedented letter is clear. The Republicans are basically telling Iran that President Obama does not have the authority to negotiate on behalf of this country. It is meant purely to undermine the President Obama abroad and disrupt the sensitive, ongoing negotiations between the seven world leaders about Iran's nuclear energy — A goal of showing that the president is not actually in charge of foreign policy and that the US cannot be trusted to uphold it's word. A move that would ensure that Iran would have little choice but to walk away from the table. A move that embarrass not only the president but the United States itself... It may even increase the risk of a war.
|Freshman Sen. Tom Cotton|
"The end of these negotiations isn't an unintended consequence of congressional action. It is very much an intended consequence.
To put where Senator Cotton's intentions lay into proper context one only has to look at statements he made from January when he compared the international negotiations with Iran to the appeasement of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
|President Obama denounced GOP senators for undermining US foreign policy.|
In response to the actions of the 47 Republican Senators President Obama said the following...
"I think it's somewhat ironic to see certain members of Congress making common cause with the hardliners in Iran. It's an unusual coalition."
Additionally, an undeniably furious Vice President Joe Biden, who also serves as president of the Senate, blasted them in a long and angry statement in which he described their actions as...
"The letter sent on March 9th by forty-seven Republican Senators to the Islamic Republic of Iran, expressly designed to undercut a sitting President in the midst of sensitive international negotiations, is beneath the dignity of an institution I revere."
It has also been reported by an Iranian news agency, that Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the GOP's letter a publicity stunt, without legal value saying...
“It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid of even the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history,”
Amazingly, Zarif might have touched on an important issue when he questioned the Republican's methods because they may have in fact have committed what some consider a felony by violating a law called "The Logan Act". This act is a federal law enacted January 30, 1799 by the United States that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. The letter is essentially unconstitutional, unprecedented, therefor possibly a felony. The act of sending this letter is so outrageous and dangerous that even the Republicans' own chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee refused to sign the letter.
There is even a petition asking or charges to be filed against the 47 U.S. Senators in violation of The Logan Act in attempting to undermine a nuclear agreement. You can view/sign the petition here.
Even the Daily News thinks the Senators overstepped their bounds if this blaring headline is to be believed......