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A letter by Republican senators to the negotiation team and Iran government that they will overturn any agreement made “at the stroke of a pen” by the next President of the United States if they don’t agree with the outcome of the negotiations. This was done during a critical period in the negotiations, which breaks the Law of the Logan act, which does not allow anyone to try to influence a country while in negotiations with the United States.
The Logan Act:
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
Here is a reading of the explanation of Logan Act is as follows:
Forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was intended to prohibit unauthorized United States citizens from interfering in relations between the United States and foreign governments
In addition a Chief Justice adds:
‘The President is the sole organ of the nation in its external relations, and its sole representative with foreign nations.’ He manages our concerns with foreign nations and must necessarily be most competent to determine when, how, and upon what subjects negotiation may be urged with the greatest prospect of success. For his conduct he is responsible to the Constitution.
Which really boils down to this: It’s the President’s job to negotiate with foreign governments. Also, the 47 lawbreakers mentioned that they have the power to ratify the agreement, which is also an error, the Senate cannot ratify it. (how did 47 law-breaking virgins get that wrong?).
For their actions, they should receive the following:
1 year in jail for each of those senators at Leavenworth, and 2 years suspension of their law license, if they have one.
Let’s look at this from a historical perspective…
In ALL cases above, it would have been a breach of national security to the highest level, would have undermined the office of the President of the United States, and would have been considered a treasonous act. Most of the above examples involve negotiations to reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons. I don’t care how much Senator Tom Cotton tries to explain this open letter as “teaching point” of how the United States government works, which by the way, was not worded correctly. So, they have sent an incorrect message, incorrectly. In addition, this undermines the President’s authority throughout the world. How can any leader, friend or foe, take him seriously or at his word if they think his own government will not back up his agenda. The law was broken, period.
By the way, I know the rebuttal will be that many have done it in the past but check this out:
Reagan was conducting an illegal war, selling arms to Iran to fund it illegally, and then allowing the largest influx of pure cocaine in history to be brought back to assist in funding resulting in the crack epidemic and the militarization of gangs. Remember this was a Republican selling arms to Iran. Where was the Republican teaching act then Senator Cotton? Oh, I forgot, Congress forbade the United States to fund the war in Nicaragua, undermining the Boland Amendment. Do you see what happens when you undermine Amendments? You break the law and reduce the effectiveness of the office of the President of the United States, and in this case, that office itself was in violation of the law.
We seem to keep meddling with Iran, Iraq, and actually the whole middle east in general. This stunt by the Republican 47 has communicated to both our allies and enemies that our government is in chaos and any actions they take will be met by our government with a confused and irrational response. The people who will be hurt the most by this? The citizens of both the United States and Iran, who if the Republicans get their way, will be fighting another war. The current negotiations the United States is in are not unilateral, they are a consortium of nations, who are on the same page to slow or prevent them from having a nuke.
Lastly, Israel does not “claim” to have nuclear weapons, but, has nuclear weapons. To solve this problem overall, I vote for a nuclear free Middle East, period.This would put an end to this nuclear game the middle east is playing with itself. Although I am confident the Israel would not fire an nuclear weapon in an offensive move, I’m not so sure the same can be said about extremists.
I have a solution for the Republicans though. If Netanyahu gets kicked out of office in the Israeli election, let him move to the United States and lead the Republican Party. seems like he is the only one that can united them. Since when does the speaker of the house invite the Israeli Prime Minister and not inform the White House?? Now, finally, Netanyahu had pointed out that toppling Saddam would cause the Middle East dictators to fall like dominoes. Well, he was wrong about that too….
The real underlying theme to all of this is President Barack Obama. If you’re a white Republican from the south, you’re probably a second generation Dixiecrat, you know that short lived breakaway party that was led by longtime Senator Strom Thurmond. The Tea Party now holds the mantle on the breakaway party from the Republican Party. My only statement is this: GET OVER THE FACT THAT HE’S BLACK…..
So this is the first act of the Majority run Republican Senate… thanks for playin’