Freshman senator Tom Cotton from the (not so) great state of Arkansas pens an open letter to the Iranians pointing out that any agreement short of a treaty might not survive after the president leaves office. Turns out a pro Israel right wing PAC has contributed a million dollars to the senator. Of course the one has nothing to do with the other.
When the shit storm hit the 'pubs tried to pass the letter off as "cheeky humor" and isn't it too bad that the administration doesn't have a sense of humor. I wouldn't worry about the administration I haven't noticed a sense of humor hanging out in the neighbor hood of Iran since the revolution kicked out the shah back when Carter was president. Guys if you have to tell me it was a joke, it probably wasn't funny.
John McCain claims he really didn't know what he was signing when he added his name because "he signs a lot of letters." Here's a suggestion for the honorable senator from Arizona. When you find yourself in a hole put down the shovel and climb out of the hole.
It's been policy since 1793 when George Washington explained the facts of life to an upstart French pipsqueak of a diplomat by the name of Edmund Genet that the president speaks for the country and his efforts to undermine America's policy of neutrality towards both England and France was NOT appreciated. His official instructions were to negotiate either a loan or some repayment of the loans France made during the revolution.. He exceeded his instructions by trying to undermine Washington's policy of neutrality and outfit privateers. His actions ignited a firestorm and our government demanded his recall. Realizing that his diplomatic failures would probably mean a date with Madame Guillotine the erstwhile diplomat married the daughter of New York's governor George Clinton, stayed on this side of the pond and lived to a ripe old age.
Ignorance of the law might be an excuse in some courtrooms but ignorance of both history and the constitution is unforgiveable in anyone who presumes to be part of the government of this or any country
And a note to the letter writing forty seven. Come next year approximately one third of you will be up for re election. You are all assuming that you will be taking your oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitution come 2017 and be around to try to undermine any agreement the administration makes with Iran this year.
I've been working on a bio of John Marshall. The chapter on the efforts of the Virginia ratifying convention to ratify the constitution was enlightening to say the least. There was a vocal minority who supported states rights with the federal government as weak as possible. I look at what is happening now and wonder if what we're seeing isn't stupidity and ambition but deliberate attempts to commit a slow motion overthrow of the federal government.
Be careful what you wish for knuckledraggers you may get it. And you probably won't like it when it happens.