Monday, March 9, 2015

Republicans Cross Line with Open Letter to Iran

If you've been watching the news lately, you know that the United States along with a group of our allies is in negotiations with Iran currently to try to stop the spread and proliferation of nuclear weapons to that country.

Iran insists that it has no interest in developing nuclear weapons and that they are only pursuing nuclear technology for energy purposes an for peaceful means.

Earlier today, 47 United States Senators wrote an open letter to Iran that was written in a tone one might expect more appropriate for a child warning them that any deal reached would be considered null and void when President Barack Obama left office.

Backlash has been hard and fast on this one because there's no deal in hand, and it doesn't seem that either side is close to a deal at this point.  By playing this card out of the deck, Republicans (and not even a majority of them) are essentially trying to speak for the United States when it's typically the President through the Executive Branch of government that does this.  Congress' role typically begins where there is a deal in hand.

Conspicuous in his absence from signing the letter was Indiana Senator Dan Coats.  Coats, one of the most respected voices in the Republican camp on foreign policy, wisely steered clear of this one.

These colleagues did not:
Senator Tom Cotton, R-AR
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-UT
Senator Charles Grassley, R-IA
Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY
Senator Richard Shelby, R-AL
Senator John McCain, R-AZ
Senator James Inhofe, R-OK
Senator Pat Roberts, R-KS
Senator Jeff Sessions, R-AL
Senator Michael Enzi, R-WY
Senator Michael Crapo, R-ID
Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC
Senator John Cornyn, R-TX
Senator Richard Burr, R-NC
Senator John Thune, R-SD
Senator Johnny Isakson, R-GA
Senator David Vitter, R-LA
Senator John A. Barrasso, R-WY
Senator Roger Wicker, R-MS
Senator Jim Risch, R-ID
Senator Mark Kirk, R-IL
Senator Roy Blunt, R-MO
Senator Jerry Moran, R-KS
Senator Rob Portman, R-OH
Senator John Boozman, R-AR
Senator Pat Toomey, R-PA
Senator John Hoeven, R-ND
Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL
Senator Ron Johnson, R-WI
Senator Rand Paul, R-KY
Senator Mike Lee, R-UT
Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-NH
Senator Dean Heller, R-NV
Senator Tim Scott, R-SC
Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX
Senator Deb Fischer, R-NE
Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV
Senator Bill Cassidy, R-LA
Senator Cory Gardner, R-CO
Senator James Lankford, R-OK
Senator Steve Daines, R-MT
Senator Mike Rounds, R-SD
Senator David Perdue, R-GA
Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC
Senator Joni Ernst, R-IA
Senator Ben Sasse, R-NE
Senator Dan Sullivan, R-AK

Shame on them all for disrespecting the Office of the President and for trying to derail these talks before anything is even decided.

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