President Obama, along with leaders of five other world powers, has been working on peaceful negotiations with Iran about nuclear weapons. It is very apparent that almost the entire Republican side of the Senate does not like this as 47 of the 54 GOP Senators wrote a rather threatening letter to the leaders of Iran. Many, including myself, consider this treason as it is undermining the President and the White House.
What I’d like to know, though, are the responses back. Besides the White House very openly pissed off, just stopping short of calling this move treason, what have other people of power had to say?
According to The Iran Primer, "Part II: Iran Respondes to GOP Letter," Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, responded that “in our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy."
Zarif went on to say, "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 even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history."
Also quoted from The Iran Primer:
"Zarif expressed astonishment that some members of US Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country against their own President and administration. He pointed out that from reading the open letter, it seems that the authors not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution when it comes to presidential powers in the conduct of foreign policy….
"…Zarif expressed astonishment that some members of US Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country against their own President and administration. He pointed out that from reading the open letter, it seems that the authors not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution when it comes to presidential powers in the conduct of foreign policy."
The portion of the letter the fools sent that bothers me as I read it as a threat is:
Second, the offices of our Constitution have different characteristics. For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms. As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then – perhaps decades.
That is a direct threat that says, "no matter what you do with Obama (or any future president for that matter), we can change it – and will change it." Thank goodness they are wrong. I certainly do not want a Senate with the power to override any foreign agreements when multiple nations are involved because they don’t like it – which in truth, in this case, is because they do not like Obama.
Oh, by the way, I’ve seen several major newstream medias report on this, but not FOX. What’s the matter FOX? Don’t want to report how your demi-gods are nothing more than a bunch of bumbling buffoons?
The Republicans far overstepped their boundaries with this move, which similar moves have been done in the past by Democrats – and I don’t like that either. This time, a freshman Senator, Tom Cotton, is the one that came up with this tantrum idea.
The Iran Primer: Part I: GOP Letter on Iran
Huffington Post: GOP Letter to Iran: Breathtaking Attempt to Sabotage U.S. Foreign Policy, Stampede U.S. Into War
NY Times: G.O.P. Senators Write to Iran on Nuclear Pact
NY Times: The Nuclear Talks with Iran, Explained
Politicus: Iran Letter Backlash Grows As Bernie Sanders Accuses Senate Republicans Of Sabotage
Ynetnews: Iran dismisses GOP letter while Obama says it aligns them with Iran hardliners