The letter by the #47traitors could have ramifications that go beyond Obama's Presidency

iran dealThe deal the Obama Administration is trying to reach with Iran over its nuclear program is being incredibly undermined by Senate Republicans. A group of 47 Republican Senators have sent a letter to Iran’s political leadership, which has very insane implications.

The letter basically states that any deal that is reached is simply a deal between Obama and Iran’s leadership. When Obama leaves office, and if a Republican is elected, any executive deal signed with Iran will be revoked.

The implications of this letter are quite strong, and sets a bad precedent for future presidents in terms of being able to sign treaties. The Republicans would of course never allow any treaty to pass Congress. This says to nations around the world that any treaty America signs are merely subjective political agreements, which can be done away with the second an opposing party is elected to the White House. This puts any international agreement signed by a president past or present under such terms.

In this case, of course, it greatly undermines Obama’s attempts at getting a much needed deal done with Iran, but it also undermines future presidential endeavors at getting treaties and/or peace deals signed with other countries and their governments. If treaties are merely subject to political whim, what’s the point of signing one?

iran dealSince Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, Republicans have gone all out to sabotage Obama’s attempts at a deal with Iran, but let’s not forget the many other aspects of Obama’s presidency. It’s amazing that many of the same people who praised George W. Bush, and made a point of saying any criticism or blocking of his agenda was tantamount to treason, are now doing everything in their power to derail a sitting president. The power of the president is absolute, only if you’re politically conservative with a sitting conservative president.

While some Republicans are showing signs of regret over the sending of the letter, most are unapologetic and are even blaming Obama for forcing them to write it. Those same Republicans who are showing regret also believe the stunt may backfire, but it’s still too early to tell. 71% say the Iran deal won’t make a real difference in preventing an Iranian made bomb, but that doesn’t mean they support Republican tactics to sabotage it.

Personally, I don’t think the idea (in principle) of Congress acting against a president’s agenda is inherently wrong, even with foreign policy, but there is a fine line between protest and treason. I wish the so called “liberals” in Congress would have acted like this to derail the Iraq War, like Republicans are now derailing a chance at peace with Iran.

Of course, the main reason Republicans want to kill a deal with Iran is another war. It’s just that simple. Republicans and the right-wing in this country, not to mention Bibi and Likud in Israel, have been itching for a war with Iran for years now, and they simply can’t let a deal go through that would see a possible peaceful resolution to our issues with them. War with Iran is all they want, nothing more.

Hopefully we’ll see a giant public backlash over this letter, congressional Democrats can finally grow a spine and use this issue to show the nonsensical irresponsibility of the Republican Party.

“In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which Senators wrote directly to advise another country  —  much less a longtime foreign adversary  —  that the President does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them… This letter sends a highly misleading signal to friend and foe alike that that our Commander-in-Chief cannot deliver on America’s commitments  —  a message that is as false as it is dangerous.” – Joe Biden

8 COMMENTS

  1. 1) It’s not a ‘treaty.’ 2) Congress has no role in foreign policy, per the Constitution. 3) nothing says ‘failed nation’ like revoking an international 6 way agreement.

    • Roger that……….this deal DOES NOT require ANY input from the House or Senate. The 49 made laughing stocks of themselves, but worse the rest of us. A sad day indeed.

  2. Fear not! Most of the leaders of the nations negotiating with Iran are far more educated than the 49 nitwits who are opposing the potential deal.
    The Prime Minister of Iran knows what they are doing is a farce and so does the rest of the world, with the exception of 1/2 of the American population who are republican morons or don’t pay attention.
    “The Iranian Foreign Minister added that “change of administration does not in any way relieve the next administration from international obligations undertaken by its predecessor in a possible agreement about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.” He continued “I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with the stroke of a pen, as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law.”

    • I think you’re spot-on right. I also think it says something about America’s cultural illiteracy that so many of us imagine that, because a government or a people is not western in orientation, it must necessarily be composed of leaders/people who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. What a surprise to learn that it’s not the Iranian leadership—which is, as you note, highly educated and pretty savvy in the ways of the world—that can’t make such an important distinction, but 47 members of Congress who were actually freely-elected by the American people.

      The rest of the world must look in wonderment at the behavior and the speech of Republicans across this country. Many of them and many of us remember a time when the most accurate face of the Republican Party was not that of Bozo.

  3. This outrageous letter to Iran and the lapse of good judgement and common sense, is the cresendo of the basic emotional response to Barack Obama being The President Of The United States and the perceived subordinent position of the legislators in Congress. These elected officials have placed their defensive response to his office, to their duty to provide effective contributions to the machinery of our democratic government. Tens of millions of middle school students have been taught the separations of the powers and the required cooperation and respect of each branch of our government. Everybody knows this. Until the bruises of those who feel affronted can be healed, I fear there will be no descresendo in their emotions and skirmeshes.

    • I agree with what you are saying but you are assuming the Senators had “common sense” or “good judgement” to begin with. They conspired to undermine the President as they have with 99% of what he has tried to do. IF the 6 nations involved in the talks reach a deal – it will be another victory for President Obama.

      Off topic:
      Does anyone know what that thing is on Benghazi Congressman trey gowdy’s head? Looks like a squirrel to me.

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