White House Angry Over Senators’ Letter to Iran

The Weekly Standard reported Monday that a group of nearly 50 Republican senators have written a letter to Iran to explain how the U.S. Constitution works. The letter is “An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Tom Cotton, the Republican senator from Arkansas who led the effort on the letter, invited all U.S. senators and presidential candidates (including Hillary Clinton!) to sign the letter to the leaders of Iran.

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Later on Monday the White House denounced efforts by Republican lawmakers to “throw sand in the gears” of sensitive talks over Iran’s nuclear program as “partisan.”

The White House responded angrily, accusing the Senators of interference and continuing a “partisan strategy to undermine the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy and advance our national security.”

“It raises significant questions about the intent or the aims of the authors,” said spokesman Josh Earnest, who accused the senators of establishing a “back channel” with hardliners in Tehran.

With a March deadline looming, negotiators are furiously working to agree on a deal that would curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for reducing Western sanctions.

The deal is seen as a key foreign policy goal of the Obama administration.

Earnest also accused Republicans of supporting airstrikes against Iran’s facilities that the White House says would only temporarily set Iran’s program back.

“The rush to war, or at least the rush to the military option that many Republicans are advocating, is not at all in the best interests of the United States,” said Earnest.

He said the senators’ actions were not in keeping with the role that America’s founding fathers envisioned for the legislative branch.


After reading the letter my first thought was this won’t do any good. It’s a feeble attempt to get the president to listen to them.  Instead of telling Iran about our Constitution, they needed to remind O of its importance. And where was the support from the Democrats?

Later when I saw the reaction from the White House I changed my mind. If this letter is ticking them off, then it was the right thing to do and kudos to Tom Cotton. It must be infuriating to O that Congress butted in with his negotiations, which historically have been to give away the farm and get nothing in return.

As usual, Ernest is lying to the media again, as there is nothing in the letter about rushing to war or the military option when it comes to Iran. He certainly has no idea of what our founding fathers had envisioned. If he did, then he’d know at least some of the Republicans in Congress are doing their job (sort of) in trying to stop a lawless president from getting the world blown to smithereens. It seems Earnest and O both need reminding that there are three branches of government, not the king and his court.

Boehner had O kicking in doors with the invitation to Netanyahu, and now the GOP Senators have him all riled up with their letter to Iran.

What’s gotten into these guys?


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12 Responses to White House Angry Over Senators’ Letter to Iran

  1. captbogus2 says:

    “The White House responded angrily, accusing the Senators of interference and continuing a “partisan strategy to undermine the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy and advance our national security.”

    The White House should understand there is no ‘interference’ but the letter seems to be a statement that any agreement not satisfactory to the Senate will not be ratified so any attempts at an unsatisfactory agreement is a total waste of time.. Obama, the “Constitutional Scholar” should understand that.

    • Kathy says:

      Cap, I think O understands it alright, he just doesn’t care. He wants this deal no matter the possible consequences.

      Calling it interference confirms that royalty attitude we’re seeing from him. He sees it as interference instead of an equal branch of the government, just as any king would.

  2. Uriel says:

    Had the Republicans not been doing their best to mitigate the manipulations of an out of control President in only 1 of few ways left open, I would have been far more worried. O’s irate behavior tells me he WAS secretly trying to screw USA interests. I may not have felt such a letter appropriate under normal government activities but considering the track record of O and his duplicitous lackeys, it does make sense. Iran assesses our news daily and only understands power so needs to believe O is Not king here.

    • Kathy says:

      You just said what I was thinking too. This letter might be out of line if we were dealing with a normal president, but O is anything but normal. He ignores them and the Constitution for the most part and the only time they get his attention is when they embarrass him. Once with the Bibi invitation and again with this letter.

      Some are seeing this as the US airing its dirty laundry, but given the circumstances, they’re placing too much emphasis on protocol and not focusing on motive.

  3. Clyde says:

    I totally get the White Mosque reaction. Jug Ears is trying to define his “legacy”, which will be one of unfettered failures, and the Senate republicans are trying to STOP Tehran from making mushroom clouds over Israel. Since Obama has a particular animus towards Netanyahu, and is at best a muslim sympathizer, his reaction makes sense. Besides, when flak is going up, you KNOW you are over the target. Good post.

    • Kathy says:

      His legacy will be as the worst president in our history – heck of a story for our first black president. That letter tells the world that O is alone in doing this deal alone, well, except for his buddy, John Vietnam Kerry. He does not have the support of this country behind that deal and now they know it.

  4. Hardnox says:

    When I first heard about this yesterday i thought “thank God” finally. You can bet that McConnell didn’t sanction any of this.

    This is exactly what needed to be done. Barry must be doing backflips. Good. The asshole needs to be reminded that he’s not king.

  5. Uriel says:

    O’s White House web blog. Just posted on Newsmax…http://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/629267

  6. Garnet92 says:

    An important post, Kathy! I agree with several others who stated that in ordinary circumstances, the letter wouldn’t have been wise, but with a worthless, POS in the WH, I understand that they felt that they had no choice.

    Thanks to Uriel’s link, I read Howard Dean’s diatribe calling the Senators “traitors.” The REAL traitor is Dean’s buddy Obama. I also was interested to see the Senators who DID NOT sign the letter – see if you recognize the names:

    “others who declined to sign are Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander.” The “usual suspects.”

    I think that we can now recognize who the REAL traitors are.

    • Kathy says:

      Apparently the dimwits don’t know the difference between protocol and treason.

      Thanks so much for adding the list of those who didn’t sign it. I saw it earlier today but failed to save it, then couldn’t find it again. Yes, the usual suspects, but I was actually surprised that so many of them did sign it. Our Cornyn for one.

  7. CW says:

    I remember Obama responding to complaints by Republicans by saying, “Elections have consequences.”

    Guess what? Ignoring Congress has consequences too!