As you all know, I can’t stand this administration…NOTHING about it is honest or attractive to me.   AND, I’m terribly against dealing with Iran as if they’re a trustworthy broker of their intents, etc.   It’s stupid and Netanyahu is right.

Having said that, I THINK WHAT THE GOP’S DONE IS ABSOLUTELY UNCONSCIONABLE AND WRONG AND STUPID AND OPENS REPUBLICANS UP TO DESERVED MOCKERY.  And, oh brother, God be with any Republican president who is trying to create a treaty in the future.  Imagine the Democrats cutting in on it and going to the source like this?  No, we wouldn’t be too happy, either.  Below is the article I copied from AP’s Bradley Klapper and Deb Reichmann.   (By the way…make sure you at least read my BOLDED paragraph within the text……  the irony of Obama saying this when HE is trying to make ‘common cause with hardliners’ is rather delicious…what a dope):   Please tell us what YOU THINK of what Tom Cotton and others did….I had high hopes for him.  Not anymore.  This was remarkably wrong.   I’m interested in you changing my mind…please do, if you have another opinion:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers warned the leaders of Iran on Monday that any nuclear deal they cut with President Barack Obama could expire the day he leaves office. The White House denounced the GOP’s latest effort to undercut the international negotiations as a “rush to war.”

Monday’s open letter from 47 GOP senators marked an unusually public and aggressive attempt to undermine Obama and five world powers as negotiators try to strike an initial deal by the end of March to limit Iran’s nuclear programs.

Republicans say a deal would be insufficient and unenforceable, and they have made a series of proposals to undercut or block it — from requiring Senate say-so on any agreement to ordering new penalty sanctions against Iran or even making a pre-emptive declaration of war.

Obama, noting that some in Iran also want no part of any deal, said “I think it’s somewhat ironic that some members of Congress want to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran. It’s an unusual coalition.”

The letter was written by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who opposes negotiations with Iran. It’s addressed to the “Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” and presents itself as a constitutional primer to the government of an American adversary. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky’s signature is on it, as are those of several prospective presidential candidates.

Explaining the difference between a Senate-ratified treaty and a mere agreement between Obama and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the senators warned: “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.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif responded via state media, dismissing the letter as a “propaganda ploy” and noting that many international deals are “mere executive agreements.” He suggested the senators were undermining not only the prospective deal with Iran but other international agreements as well.

With Cotton presiding over the Senate on Monday, Democratic leader Harry Reid spoke out, saying Republicans were driven by animosity toward Obama and unwilling to recognize that American voters had twice elected him president.

“The Republican senators sent a letter to the Iranian leadership aimed at sabotaging these negotiations,” Reid said. “Let’s be very clear, Republicans are undermining our commander in chief.”

“Republicans don’t know how to do anything other than juvenile political attacks against the president,” the 75-year-old Reid said with the 37-year-old Cotton listening.

The Republicans’ move to stop a nuclear deal with Iran comes just days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to a joint meeting of Congress at Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation. In his address, Netanyahu bluntly warned the United States that a deal would pave Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb.

The White House denounced Cotton’s letter, saying it was part of an ongoing partisan strategy to undermine the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy.

Press secretary Josh Earnest said that “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 interest of the United States.”

Not all Republican senators are united. One significant signature missing from Monday’s letter was Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman. Action on any new legislation challenging the administration’s strategy would be likely to begin with him.

Still, even if all parties to the international talks reject the letter as a stunt, the mounting opposition to an accord could have repercussions. Negotiating alongside the U.S. are Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

The Obama administration believes it has authority to lift most trade, oil and financial sanctions that would be pertinent to the nuclear deal in exchange for an Iranian promise to limit its nuclear programs. For the rest, it needs Congress’ approval. And lawmakers could approve new Iran sanctions to complicate matters.

Nuclear negotiations resume next week in Switzerland. Officials say the parties have been speaking about a multi-step agreement that would freeze Iran’s uranium enrichment program for at least a decade before gradually lifting restrictions. Sanctions relief would similarly be phased in.

Iran says its program is solely for peaceful energy and medical research purposes. The deadline for the whole agreement is July.

In the letter, Cotton and his colleagues stressed that presidents may serve only eight years while senators can remain in office for decades. The implication was that without Congress’ blessing, the deal could fall apart when Obama’s successor is sworn in in January 2017.

The deal taking shape is not a treaty. Under international law, the provisions of treaties are far more binding than other agreements.

But by themselves, congressional Republicans won’t be able to block an international agreement.

McConnell has spoken of action later this month authorizing Congress to take a yes-or-no vote on a deal. But that vote would be symbolic.



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26 Responses to The GOP IS DEAD WRONG

  1. Freedom Now says:

    Whats good for them is off limits for anyone else. Hypocrites!

    They can have their own medicine and see how it tastes…


  2. jerrydablade says:

    I’m not really sure why you’re angry at the GOP over this, Z. We have a lawless president who has been operating outside of his constitutional confines without a hint of opposition or push back from the country club republicans and AGAINST THE WILL of the American people. And now he is doing everything he can to cement a legacy of appeasement and compromise with THE MOST DANGEROUS REGIME ON THIS PLANT in allowing them nuclear weapons to destroy their mutually hated Israel. If this letter to the mullahs circumvented our clueless Neville Chamberlain, then all the better. It feels weird defending anything the republicans are doing, but inviting Bibi to speak before congress… and now this. When they get it right, I will defend them. Of course, they are still riding a grade of “E” for domestic policy.


  3. I won’t let Yahoo News (there’s a clue) and the rest of the leftist media and Dem politicos like Reid dictate how I feel about this.
    This is a battle for America against a regime that is trying to weaken us,
    A letter to a foreign government by legislators that are being sidelined by the regime is an attempt to assert their authority. And save us from a horrible sellout by the president.
    And we are to be outraged by the activity of the legislators?
    Like Jerry said.


  4. Kid says:

    On the one hand what is said is the letter is common knowledge to Iran, in that the deal could be null and void on Jan 22, 2017. So that puts me in the camp of this being a political play that carries no weight that Iran would feel and is stupid on that basis.

    On the other, the Middle East, and the islamics only respect one single thing which is strength. Appeasement, deals and anything short of big things going boom mean absolutely nothing to them. Their handbook strongly encourages them to lie like rugs to the infidels, so they have no intention of respecting any deal and surely obama knows this. If they think things might start blowing up in 2017, it may make them think a little harder or fool with their timetable for their plans to destroy Israel. Ben says they’ll have the bombs in a year.

    In the end, if nukes start going off in Israel after a year, I think all of us will wonder if anything could have been done to derail Iran and obama. The smartest play would certainly be to get this enemy of the US out of office by impeachment. Anything short of that is a waste of time and just makes the repubs look weak for such a childish stunt.


  5. Mustang says:
    As part of my continuing diatribe about our inept government, this serves as but another example. We have been too public about our negotiations with foreign governments since the early 1970s. It is a bad habit, in my opinion. If diplomacy is working properly, it should be silent and out of sight. In our form of government, the people do not participate in these talks. Most Americans are not qualified to have an opinion about these matters, and a clear majority of our people could not find Iran on a map if you held a gun to their head. I certainly do agree with you that it was poor headwork for Sen. Cotton to pull this stunt. The extent of his disagreement with Obama is none of Iran’s business. We might expect this from a freshman senator, but McConnell should know better. My guess is that McConnell has been a politician for far too long.


  6. John M. Berger says:

    “Most Americans are not qualified to have an opinion about these matters”
    Yes and the veracity of this statement is ubiquitous throughout our present Administration! When, if ever, will adults, once more, run this Country?


  7. Mustang says:
    Side note: I have written to both senators from my state indicating to them that I could not support a treaty or agreement with Iran that permitted that country to proceed with nuclear arms development after a period of ten years. We know that the Obama administration is naively attempting to accommodate Iran, and that they are afraid that Iran will walk away from the deal —particularly after Sen. Cotton sent his letter to the Iranian government. John Bolton offered his opinion about this earlier today: first, if the agreement is in danger of falling apart, then there was no agreement —only sycophantic adaptation. Second, most arrangements with foreign governments are cemented through executive agreements, rather than as treaties which require Senate confirmation.

    I did some research on this. Since our founding, the president has signed about 18,500 executive agreements, as compared to 1,100 formal treaties requiring ratification by the Senate. Of the 18,500 executive agreements, 17,300 of these were concluded since 1939.

    Once again, Democrats have disregarded our US Constitution and have conducted our nation’s business as they see fit. What makes this problematic is that after 18,500 presidential agreements, any president can make the argument that he does not need the advice and consent of the U. S. Senate in order to conclude agreements with foreign nations. The Supreme Court has already accepted this argument —and this leads me to conclude that we have come too far; the United States is no longer the Republic envisioned by our founding fathers. As with Rome, we have grown Emperors, who of course answer to no one.

    This may have been the impetus for Sen. Cotton’s letter.


  8. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, I think we all know the impetus for Sen Cotton’s letter and I SO appreciate the digging you did and sharing this information with us…thanks VERY much.

    EVERYBODY: By my saying this was dead wrong, please don’t think I’m FOR WHAT OBAMA’S DOING. I think if this were a Republican president and Democrats went around him directly to a foreign power and wrote what these guys did, you’d all be FURIOUS, as would I.

    Freedom Now; I think giving this hideous administration a taste of their own is a VERY good thing, WHERE THE HECK HAVE THE GOP BEEN ALONG THOSE LINES ANYWay?…BUT NOW THEY DO IT WHEN THIS IS SO IMPORTANT AND THE WHOLE WORLD’S WATCHING? I think this was very bad timing. Man, they could have got pushy for more truth on Fast and Furious, they could have exposed the IRS ….where ARE THEY THEN?

    Jerry, I’m all for having invited Bibi, but this should be illegal. Yes, Obama’s doing a LOT of illegal things and they’re HIDEOUS, but Tom Cotton is immature and I had such high hopes for him but he’s a loose cannon and that’s not good. This was just plain wrong in my opinion.

    Ed, why bring Yahoo into this? They didn’t invent this story and I don’t need Yahoo telling me anything. I don’t get your point. I don’t care HOW HIDEOUS and DESPICABLE OBAMA”S BEHAVIOR HAS ALWAYS BEEN, a legislature doesn’t go around a sitting president during negotiations.. And by the way, I think we should NOT BE NEGOTIATING, I despise what Obama’s doing, and this letter gave the Iranians a great springboard to slam America again.

    Kid, I agree. a PUNK STUNT. And a bad idea altogether.

    Mustang…”Of the 18,500 executive agreements, 17,300 of these were concluded since 1939.” I think that says a lot, too…….thanks for that information.
    This president is OUT OF CONTROL and I just don’t see where the GOP’s BEEN!! And then they pick THIS INCIDENT TO GET TOUGH? WHAT THE………….?
    I agree with all of your comments above. Thanks.


    For the record; Jersey tried to comment here and said he agreed with me. So maybe I’m wrong after all. (Smile)!!


  9. Freedom Now says:

    The Republican Party is opposing a propaganda machine much larger than the Democratic Party.

    There is a common thread between Socialists, Democratic Socialists, elitist liberals, Communists, Anarchists, Islamists, anti-Semites, Libertarians, (most:) artists, journalists, bureaucrats, educators, musicians, and even Neo-Nazis, Putinists, KKK etc…

    They all are united in their hatred of American foreign policy and claim that it is solely motivated by either racial hatred, greed and/or Jewish conspiracies. Their united propaganda is so effective that it is socially unacceptable to champion the best foreign policy interests of the US (even in our own country), except when it benefits the Democratic Party.

    We need to keep our eye on the ball…


  10. geeez2014 says:

    Freedom Now….WOW. You are SO RIGHT about the Democrat propaganda machine.
    So many of us at this blog frequently say “if only we had a curious and honest media”….but, alas….
    The profs got to our journalism kids. I know one high school where a student told me their journalism teacher said “Don’t use FOX, it’s not a news outlet”. Seriously. I am guessing she thinks MSNBC is totally fine, of course.

    We do need to keep our eyes on the ball….I’d go so far as correct the first sentence in your third paragraph and end it with “They all are united in their hatred of America.” Period.


  11. geeez2014 says:

    FN…by the way: I think you’d probably agree on what I just said about hating America.
    A,. Why do you think?
    B. When do liberals wake up to the fact that there’s an end to spending when the money runs out?
    C. Is it too late for us all now?


  12. Re: spending, Z, I was amazed when I read in the paper today a small article that mentioned the cost of both wars from 9/11/01 through 2014 was only $1.6 trillion. While that IS a lot of money, it pales when compared to the $8 trillion this administration has spent, and for what? What do we have to show for it? This in no way compares to the lives lost or the injuries, but just about the budget.


  13. Well, for one, I mistakenly (perhaps) assumed you read this in Yahoo News which you often quote, only after commenting realizing that it was an AP report.
    We have a large percentage of repub senators who are opposed to this “deal” and it appears McConnel will not speak for them.
    How else can they speak with one voice in opposition?
    I’m happy they are speaking up.
    Undercutting Obama in his “negotiations” is a perfect response to a tyrant who disregards them and their authority.
    Regardless of left media outcries.


  14. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, we have really nothing to show for it, don’t we.

    Ed, because I or anybody else quotes from Yahoo News doesn’t mean the news isn’t worth posting on. I don’t use their opinions, you know? And yes, it was AP. But, even if it wasn’t, it is true.
    I’m opposed to this “deal”…I’ve said that above……..I’m opposed to ANY deal with Iran’s evil ones, but NOW they decide to “speak with one voice in opposition?” How about, as I said above, on F&F, or IRS or NSA or VA, or…ANY other thing they’ve got NOWHERE on? NOW they do this?
    Can you imagine how we’d feel if any Republican was negotiating with Putin, for example, and the Left wrote a letter directly TO him ? Not smart….even if it is Obama.
    Yes, they have to undercut and they have to GET TOUGH.
    I just don’t think this was proper and I hate giving the left media any ammo …because this was definitely it.


  15. This was nowhere near negotiating with foreign governments that democrats have done (Pelosi, Carter, Jesse Jackson,).
    As Krauthammer just said, it should have been addressed to Obama, instead.
    The left manufactures all the ammo it wants, this isn’t giving it to them.
    Thesebguys also embarrassed McConnell. Good on ‘eem.
    Please forgive the Yahoo comment. The name cracks me up.


  16. lisa says:

    I am conflicted about this. I am glad they did it because I am tired of Obama and his holier than thou attitude . It seems no matter what republicans do it is always ammo for the left anyway.
    I recall Pelosi going to speak with Assad even though Bush expressed his disapproval


  17. geeez2014 says:

    Ed “As Krauthammer just said, it should have been addressed to Obama, instead.”
    That’s ALL I’m saying. That would have been just right. It wouldn’t have embarrassed us as a country, it wouldn’t have given Iran the CHANCE to embarrass us, it wouldn’t have given the Left SUCH a chance to mock us (talk about YAHOOO.. “Howard YAHOOOOOO! Dean” was on MSNBC this evening saying “if Tom Cotton wasn’t a war vet, I’d say it’s close to treason.”
    I know many do not agree with me, but if it’s treason, it’s treason, whether a vet does it or not (and no, I do NOT think this is treasonous, …just saying, however..) I have never thought being a war vet (though the most honorable thing I can imagine) should get anybody off the hook for future REALLY bad behavior.

    Lisa….pelosi was wrong, too. I do think I remember that, as well. I just don’t GET IT….there should be ONE GUY who does this stuff. BUT (and it’s a BIG BUT, and I’m not alluding to HIllary (haha!)), that ONE GUY should be CONSULTING CONGRESS before ‘doing this stuff’, right?!!


  18. Lisa, great minds think alike.
    So do you and I.


  19. Kerry is a war vet. Private Eddy Slovick was a vet. Hitler was a vet 🙂


  20. geeez2014 says:

    Lisa, we hand a lot of it to the left on a silver platter. And, on top of everything they say everywhere in the media, TV shows, movies, etc., that’s quite a lot of nasty press. it’s astonishing any Republicans ever win anything….November was shocking.
    And, a complete disappointment, of course.
    They just CANNOT ‘man up’ and explain things correctly….we have a LOT of excellent young Republican men who write for the WSJ, etc….Brett Stephens, a terrific young Black writer at WSJ, MANY ex vets who have gone into journalism…all articulate and good.
    But darn if we can get a Republican politician to tell America exactly why Fast & Furious needs a relook, etc. I’m SO TIRED of leftwingers (I even heard it today) saying the IRS scandal wasn’t really a scandal ..IMAGINE? I always say “If you want a liberal scandal to go away quickly, just invite Darryl issa to do a ‘senate hearing’…” Presto. it’s GONE.
    They’re worthless


  21. lisa says:

    Tx Ed 🙂
    I see your point Z and the one guy ,Obama, should be consulting congress. Either way part of me is glad they did it. That is how much Obama annoys me


  22. lisa says:

    I agree Z they do have a communication problem for sure. Just like Ben Carson who is a good man and smart and then he goes and muddies it up with that gay comment,oy


  23. geeez2014 says:

    Carson’s remark was unbelievable. When I heard him say it, I thought “tell me I didn’t hear that..” And he’s a doctor, and a fabulous doctor. WHAT WAS HE THINKING? If he’d only said “Some men…” but, noooooooo ‘Go to jail, come out gay…it’s your choice” OY, is right, lisa!

    Lisa, don’t get me wrong. Any time Obama’s ticked, I’m thrilled. But I think he doesn’t really care about this; all he cares about is his press and it’s only better now FOR HIM. AGAIN~!


  24. Freedom Now says:

    Look at Venezuela. The govt has destroyed the economy so they blame the problem on the opposition (“obstructionists”) and the USA. Populists have the template ready-made for the press. Ring the bell and the media drools…


  25. skudrunner says:

    We cannot forget that the GOP has a legacy to uphold. Take a big win and screw it up. They are way past the foot in the mouth, they are more line the boot up the A–.

    The GOP raises hell about obummer not consulting congress before he does anything and then the GOP steps in it to wipe away all obummer has done. The media will spend far more time on what the gop did wrong than what obummer did.


  26. Once again, the Obama Administration has stepped in it. By such public condemnation of Cotton’s letter they elevate him to the same rank as Obama. They’ve managed to make Cotton a new rising star in the GOP.

    Not very smart if you ask me.


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