Monday, March 9, 2015

Bloomberg wonders if right-wing extremists like Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer just signed a treasonous letter

Both Nebraska senators (as well as Iowa Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley) have signed a letter intended to sabotage President Obama's negotiations with Iran. Via Bloomberg:
     The letter, organized by Senator Tom Cotton, a freshman from Arkansas, warned Iran that "...we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. 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."
     White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the letter's goal was to "undermine" negotiations with Iran, but also noted that if the Obama administration reached an agreement over Iran's nuclear program that it would not be a treaty subject to congressional ratification.
In a response, Iran's foreign minister seems to display more knowledge about the U.S. Constitution than either grandstanding senator from Nebraska:
Zarif expressed the hope that his comments "may enrich the knowledge of the authors to recognize that according to international law, Congress may not modify the terms of the agreement at any time as they claim, and if Congress adopts any measure to impede its implementation, it will have committed a material breach of US obligations.
Crooks and Liars added: Republican idjuts like Senator Tom Cotton [this would include Sasse, Fischer, Ernst and Grassley, who all signed his ignorant letter] may think it's cool to play cowboy with international relations, but we're fortunate to have some adults in the room still.
     Mother Jones reminds us that Tom Cotton,first gained notoriety after writing a letter to the editor of the New York Times demanding that everyone who worked on a story on a top-secret terrorist tracking program be tried for treason
     Now it seems that he has graduated to conspiring to commit treasonous activities his own self.

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