Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Republican’s Letter To Iran Undermining Obama's Authority is Condescending, Stupid, and Possibly Illegal

As first reported by Bloomberg's Josh Rogin, a group of 47 Republican senators signed a letter addressed to "the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran," warning them not to be too optimistic about securing any deal with the Obama administration over Tehran's nuclear program. It was organized by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and advised the Iranian leadership that "anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement."


The letter suggests that any deal with the President not approved by  Congress is mere executive agreement. The verbiage harbors veiled undertones that would lead one to believe that the President’s deal would be without merit.

Check this excerpt.

“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators first state. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our constitution—the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices—which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress."

The senators argue that the president negotiates international agreements and the Senate must ratify them with a two-thirds vote. A congressional-executive agreement requires a majority vote in both the House and Senate, and anything not approved by Congress is merely an executive agreement, they say.

The letter wanders into a threatening tone when it notes that while senators have 6-year terms, the president serves only two-4 year terms. The threat is perpetrated through the message that’s hard to miss. “Make a deal with Obama and we will undo it. If we can’t while he’s in office, we’ll do it after he leaves office.”

Excerpt.

“As applied, today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain office beyond then—perhaps decades.” Further, the senators declare “we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei” which the next president and a future Congress can revoke".

In essence these clowns are :

1.Threatening the leader of a country.
2. Possibly breaking the law.

Yes, they are possibly breaking the law. Under the Logan Act, citizens without authority of the U.S. are forbidden from carrying on “any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government . . . with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government . . . in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States.

You go call up or write to the leader of a foreign government  and attempt to make a side deal with them and see what happens.

”Hello is this Bashar al-Assad ? Look here Assad this here is Lil-Starter Pistol from Detroit. You got any money? You  do - a’ight cause here’s the deal. Me an my boyz been watching the news and you got a terrorist problem brother. Why don’t you kick me a mill and let me and big unit and dem come on over that and handle dat for you.?  The US ain’t got nothing to do wit dis.Dis tween me and you.”

Trust me, not long after Lil Starter Pistol terminates the call some dark suits will be knocking on his door.

So why haven't the 47 idiots involved with this letter been hauled off somewhere? What they did qualifies as a felony - some say even treason.

There is an Act known as the Logan Act. Under the Logan Act, "citizens without authority of the U.S. are forbidden from carrying on “any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government . . . with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government . . . in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States.”

Well the Logan Act has never been successfully used. This letter business will probably get mired down in politics. Lastly we won’t ever see 47 Congress members indicted behind this. We won’t ever see 47 Congress members indicted for anything.  We may see one of two wayward ones get it behind some of the more common felonies some lawmakers   tend to engage in.

Never the less, this bold display of disrespect towards the President of The United States reflects poorly on some people you and I are responsible for being in office. If they’re so cocky as to write they’ll be in office for decades, it sounds like some voting (for their opponents) is in order to send them home the next time they’re up for re-election.

Oh one more thing. How did Iran respond? Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif handled the nonsense very classy. He said the lawmakers "not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution. In our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy."

Damn. Even Iran thinks they're a bunch of, well, idiots.

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