President Obama says, “This is not how America does business.”
In an interview with Vice News, President Barack Obama speaks out about the treacherous letter sent to the Islamic Republic of Iran from 47 Republican Senators who disagree with a nuclear power deal that’s being worked out between the Commander-in-Chief and the Iranian government.
The full interview has yet to be released, but in the trailer President Obama sits down with Vice’s CEO, Shane Smith, to speak about multiple issues, such as climate change and marijuana, along with the dissent our President has faced from the GOP since taking office in 2009.
On the subject of the 47 Senators who sent the letter to Iran President Obama had this to say:
I’m embarrassed for them.
For them to address a letter to the ayatollah — the supreme leader of Iran, who they claim is our mortal enemy — and their basic argument to them is: don’t deal with our president, because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement… That’s close to unprecedented.
It really is unprecedented. For 2016 presidential hopefuls such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with various other cohorts, to try to intervene in a very sensitive foreign deal that President Obama is working on with Iran is just downright shameful.
Many others call it treason (though it doesn’t quite fit the Constitution’s definition of treason), and want to see these senators prosecuted under the Logan Act, which forbids unauthorized persons from negotiating with foreign governments. A petition to have these senators prosecuted under the Logan Act fulfilled it’s 100K signature requirements in only a day — though it isn’t likely these senators will see any sort of retribution for their egregious actions.
The implications of it could mean war if, say, a future Republican administration tried to revoke the nuclear deal. Though that is the worst case scenario and unlikely, they’ve definitely weakened our President’s position in foreign policy, which reflects on us poorly as a nation.
Combined with House Speaker John Boehner privately inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak against the nuclear deal with Iran to Congress without the Obama administration’s blessing. The gall of Boehner was the scandal of the week, but this letter goes far beyond that.
These senators also cast more negative light on their already poorly-viewed party, which would be a win for Democrats, but given the consequences of the letter, it’s definitely not something to cheer about. The letter was so bad, that even Fox News couldn’t defend it.
And the blatant distrust that Obama would broker a deal that would allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon is unfounded, as the Obama administration is very adamant that any deal offered would include supervision and the inability to pull together enough radioactive material to even make a bomb. But naturally, since these ignoramus senators think Obama’s a Muslim who wants to wipe Israel off the map, they have concerns.
The letter sent by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said (excerpts):
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 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 Iranian government schooled the 47 Senators on foreign policy protocol saying that any deal agreement cannot simply be overturned by a change in government.
The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded, saying:
All countries, according to the international norms, remain faithful to their commitments even after their governments change, but the American senators are officially announcing that at the end of the term of their current government, their commitments will be considered null and void
US senators officially announce that when this government leaves, its commitments will become nullified. Isn’t that the ultimate collapse of political ethics and the disintegration of the US system?
It seems Iran just figured out what U.S. liberals have known all along — that half our government has no ethics or regard for diplomacy and that they have a severe shortcoming when it comes to knowledge for international law. And some of these guys want to be President <facepalm>.
Despite the opposition in what he calls “slash and burn” politics, President Obama is prepared to continue a nuclear power agreement:
I’m prepared to take all options to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon, but the absolute best option is a diplomatic resolution.
The much anticipated Vice interview will be posted Monday, March 16 on their website.
Here is the trailer of that interview: