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