An Open Letter To Iran, GOP Senators And Treason


Courtesy of BloombergView:

A group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran’s leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama’s administration won’t last after Obama leaves office.

Organized by freshman Senator Tom Cotton and signed by the chamber’s entire party leadership as well as potential 2016 presidential contenders Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, the letter is meant not just to discourage the Iranian regime from signing a deal but also to pressure the White House into giving Congress some authority over the process.

“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system … Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement,” the senators wrote. “The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

Arms-control advocates and supporters of the negotiations argue that the next president and the next Congress will have a hard time changing or canceling any Iran deal — — which is reportedly near done — especially if it is working reasonably well.

I am speechless. This crowd of yahoos is undermining US foreign policy and the office of POTUS.

I hope to have some more on this later…

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18 Responses to An Open Letter To Iran, GOP Senators And Treason

  1. 40Watt says:

    Right now, I’m speechless too.

    • ProfessorCanine says:

      Let me add:
      The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 30 January 1799, currently codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994.

      • irishgirl999 says:

        The Logan Act prohibits any “Private correspondence with foreign governments” and reads; “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.” The Supreme Court ruled that Congress cannot and should not conduct foreign affairs; that power rests in the Executive Branch exclusively.

        In the 1936 Supreme Court case, United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp, the Court held that “all ability to conduct foreign policy is vested in the President. It is given implicitly and by the fact that the executive, by its very nature, is empowered to conduct foreign affairs in a way that Congress cannot and should not. These Republicans cannot accept that “all ability to conduct foreign policy is vested in the President”.

      • ProfessorCanine says:

        “imprisoned not more than three years”
        Toss ’em in Gitmo!

      • ProfessorCanine says:

        “…or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof…”
        So,no fucking either,right?

  2. irishgirl999 says:

    Their arrogance is beyond astounding – “The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”
    The next president more than likely will be another Democrat so they are taking an awful lot for granted. Also, can you imagine the reaction of the other countries involved in the negotiations. Those senators are doing untold damage to the reputation of the US.

  3. 40Watt says:

    Excellent comment in Wall Street Journal –

    10:31 am March 9, 2015
    Jim wrote:

    U.S. sanctions did not work on Cuba and they haven’t stopped the progress Iran has made so far in its nuclear pursuits. Short of sending their nuclear program underground by any military action why not give peace a chance? Sending more of your young men and women into harms way because you are against something that isn’t finalized yet seems senseless. If you truly want to stop terrorism from growing try working more diplomatically with partners around the world like you have been doing. It seems funny that the greatest nation in the world cuts money for education,doesn’t invest in needed infrastructure, cuts to helping your poor etc. always finds to spend money on war. You can always bomb Iran if the talks fail or if they renege on any deal BEFORE they get the bomb. This letter’s sole intent is to embarrass your own President and scuttle any effort that would lead to a peaceful, verifiable resolve.You make the recruiting efforts of ISIS and others easy by your actions. You folks have learned nothing from Iraq and Afghanistan. [My bold]

  4. ProfessorCanine says:

    Interesting comment on reddit…..

    “Treason is defined very narrowly by the US Constitution, here’s the definition:
    “Article III, Section 3: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.”
    Since the US isn’t at war with Iran, it’d be difficult to argue that this counts as adhering to enemies or giving them aid and comfort.
    What Nixon did, when he urged secretly South Vietnam to reject the peace deal that LBJ was brokering arguably was treason because a state of war existed between the US and North Vietnam. But absent a US/Iran war the Republicans are probably just assholes, not technically guilty of treason.”

  5. ProfessorCanine says:

    Iran responds:
    “In our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy,” Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, said in a written statement. “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.”
    Mr. Zarif added that a change in administration would not relieve the United States of its obligations under any agreement. “I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with ‘the stroke of a pen,’ as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law,” he said.

    • 40Watt says:

      I particularly likes these statements –

      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.

      Foreign Minister Zarif added that “I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law. The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfil the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligations.

    • lindak1961 says:

      The Iranians are smarter than the gopers in Congress. Glad that the Iranians aren’t going to let those assholes in Congress derail the talks.

  6. Scarsdale says:

    I just want to say that if Israel, with Bibi in charge, was in close proximity to this country, why would we not want to be prepared with a bomb? Israel has theirs, and Bibi is itching to use it, or have the US use one on Iran. Just how much do these 47 assholes have invested in weapons, supplies etc. that they are eager to attack another country? ANYONE with two brain cells to rub together is demented if they vote republicans into office.

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