Let’s be clear about something.
I find this brazen move by the Republican senators to do an end-run around the president’s authority to conduct foreign policy to be openly contemptuous of the Chief Executive and groveling in its submission to the demands of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his billionaire backer Sheldon Adelson. I’m still of the mind the letter was poorly conceived, mischievously motivated, and borderline subversive in how these 47 Morons tried to kneecap the President. Treasonous? I heard that word tossed around a lot of talk radio on my lunch hour. Not there yet, but treacherous? Definitely.
Joe Biden didn’t go that far either though he wasn’t happy with his former colleagues.
Vice President Joe Biden on Monday night scorched the 47 Senate Republicans who signed an open letter to Iran’s leadership in a bid to undermine a potential deal on the country’s nuclear program, calling the senators’ letter “beneath the dignity” of the chamber in which they serve.
“I served in the United States Senate for thirty-six years. I believe deeply in its traditions, in its value as an institution, and in its indispensable constitutional role in the conduct of our foreign policy,” Biden’s statement said. “The letter sent on March 9th by forty-seven Republican Senators to the Islamic Republic of Iran, expressly designed to undercut a sitting President in the midst of sensitive international negotiations, is beneath the dignity of an institution I revere.”
“This letter sends a highly misleading signal to friend and foe alike that our Commander-in-Chief cannot deliver on America’s commitments — a message that is as false as it is dangerous,” Biden said.
Seven members of the Senate Republican caucus did not sign the letter, including Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), as well as Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK), Dan Coats (R-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
Mitch McConnell, Tom Cotton and these 45 morons are playing a dangerous game. What do they hope to achieve beyond the gratitude of Netanyahu and Adelson for publicly kissing their asses? What they have done is a craven attempt to undermine the Constitutional responsibilities and authority of the President of the United States and that’s not a trifling thing which can be waved off as “just politics.” Not when they’re putting a right-wing agenda ahead of the national security of the United States.
The letter doesn’t even make sense. The president doesn’t need Congress to ratify anything. The Senate has no say here and that’s why they are trying to undermine the negotiations with Iraq. Reference Fred Kaplan’s brilliant article in Slate:
The letter—which encourages Iran’s leaders to dismiss the ongoing nuclear talks with the United States and five other nations—is as brazen, gratuitous, and plainly stupid an act as any committed by the Senate in recent times, and that says a lot. It may also be illegal.
The banalities begin with the greeting: “An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” By custom, a serious letter to foreign leaders would address them by name. Who is it that the senators are seeking to influence: the supreme leader, the Parliament, the Revolutionary Guards? Clearly none of the above, otherwise it wouldn’t be an open letter. Nor, if this were a serious attempt of some sort, would Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (who was among the missive’s signatories) leave the task of organizing it to the likes of Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, an otherwise unknown freshman. As usual, the Republicans’ goal is simple: to embarrass and undermine President Barack Obama.
Reading this, one can only wonder if these Republicans ever consult their staffs. As the Iranian leaders know, and as the Obama administration and the other P5+1 governments have made clear all along, the deal being negotiated is not a treaty, nor is it an agreement. Rather, it is a nonbinding international arrangement, to be signed (if it is signed) by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany, and Iran.
In other words, contrary to the letter writers, Congress has no legal or constitutional role in the drafting, approval, or modification of this deal.
Which doesn’t meant they won’t try to stick their dirty little fingers in the pie.
What is the Republicans’ motives? Besides spite and obeying the wishes of a billionaire gambler whose money is deployed on behalf of right-wing causes and Nethanyahu’s wish for a war with Iran.
Why do 47 Republican Senators think it’s a great idea to kneecap the President by attempting to undercut his authority to conduct foreign policy? Why open themselves up to even the speculation they engaged in subversive, and perhaps treasonous behavior? Despising Obama and wanting to deny him any triumphs is petty and partisan, but does that explain this degree of pettiness and partisanship?
Sure it does. Why not? It’s not as though they will pay any sort of price for it. The home folks will applaud ‘em for punking the usurper from Kenya and if the 47 get hammered by the press and the Lefties start circulating some meaningless petitions demanding an apology that’s never coming, who cares? This is March 2015. Who’s going to remember this in November 2016?
The 47 Morons did what they did for the oldest reason in the book. They knew they would get away with it. They are willing to start a war to stop Obama.
I changed my mind. That is treasonous.