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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The "47".......Not Treason, Not Sedition, Not A Violation Of The Logan Act. " How About "Dumbasses?"

How about a quick run through ten mistakes from the recent open letter to Iranian leaders from 47 stumbling GOP Senators?

MISTAKE One: Following a freshman Senator down a path littered with signs marked "Stupid Trail"; 47 Steps Away From Dumbsville.

MISTAKE Two: Literally signing the Open Letter

MISTAKE Three: Proudly and mistakenly publicizing the letter probably encouraged and by party money-brokers.

MISTAKE: Four: Ultimately, failing to self-reflect on the party;s body of work since the Bush Era Crumbled. There are no "we were right" flags to wave.

MISTAKE FiveNot consulting US Constitutional scholars before keyboarding such an amateurish item.

MISTAKE Six: Underestimating that old axiom, "every action has an opposite and equal reaction."
MISTAKE Seven: Failing to grasp the axiom above, and then failing to anticipate a very cerebral and cogent response from people gifted with intellect, time to prepare a response and who will use the letter as fodder to help their cause.

MISTAKE Eight: Acting without deep reflection of lingering perception the United States is perceived by millions as elitist, heavy-handed (regarding placing other nations in a position of subservience), and acting above international law. 

MISTAKE Nine: An eagerness to work towards embarrassing President Obama without proper contemplation of the letter's author. Cotton is a war hawk who has stated interest in killing the nuclear negotiations and he has exercised poor judgment in making this statement.

Before the Tenth Mistake, watch this townhall Q and A for a few minutes.  He seems to suffer from a form of PTSD. 

MISTAKE Ten: Failing to recognize every act of obstruction, every seditious act and every failed anti-Obama action....the GOP as enacted a party has failed.  

Ten GOP mistakes that led to this:

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif official response from VOX Dot Com
Asked about the open letter of 47 US Senators to Iranian leaders, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, responded that "in our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy. It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history. This indicates that like Netanyahu, who considers peace as an existential threat, some are opposed to any agreement, regardless of its content. 
Zarif expressed astonishment that some members of US Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country against their own President and administration. He pointed out that from reading the open letter, it seems that the authors not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution when it comes to presidential powers in the conduct of foreign policy. 
Foreign Minister Zarif added that "I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law. The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfil the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligations. 
The Iranian Foreign Minister added that "change of administration does not in any way relieve the next administration from international obligations undertaken by its predecessor in a possible agreement about Irans peaceful nuclear program." He continued "I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with the stroke of a pen, as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law." 
He emphasized that if the current negotiation with P5+1 result in a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, it will not be a bilateral agreement between Iran and the US, but rather one that will be concluded with the participation of five other countries, including all permanent members of the Security Council, and will also be endorsed by a Security Council resolution. 
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. 
The Foreign Minister also informed the authors that majority of US international agreements in recent decades are in fact what the signatories describe as "mere executive agreements" and not treaties ratified by the Senate. 
He reminded them that "their letter in fact undermines the credibility of thousands of such mere executive agreements that have been or will be entered into by the US with various other governments. 
Zarif concluded by stating that "the Islamic Republic of Iran has entered these negotiations in good faith and with the political will to reach an agreement, and it is imperative for our counterparts to prove similar good faith and political will in order to make an agreement possible."
Ezra Klein's VOX includes a summary of the highlights of Zarif's response:  here.

At the end of the day (excuse the cliche), and as stated above in MISTAKE ONE, the GOP has again traipsed down the "Stupid Trail" with a sure visit to Dumbsville.

 Why place your own head on the Guillotine? 

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