Good Day World!
Imagine if the Democrats would have tried to micro-manage the START talks in the 80s by sending an open letter to Gorbachev.
It just wouldn't have been viewed as an acceptable political move while the talks were still happening.
As the United States, western nations, China, and Russia are negotiating with Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, 47 Senate Republicans led by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) have made an extraordinary -- if not unprecedented -- countermove:
They've sent an open letter to Iran to suggest they can undo whatever President Obama's administration agrees to.
"First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays he significant role of ratifying them.
Second … President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then—perhaps decades."
This is extraordinary, because for a GOP Congress that objects to Obama overstepping his bounds, the president is commander-in-chief and conducts the nation's foreign policy.
Just asking, but what countermove is more over the top -- Netanyahu's speech from last week, or this letter trying to scuttle a deal before it even happens?
Imagine how the world views this political drama. We are not a united country – especially in our government - and it’s obvious.
Time for me to walk on down the road…