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.
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?