U.S. Senator Tom Cotton has penned an open letter to the Mullahs of Iran, telling them that Congress can undo any nuclear deal that President Obama signs with them.
Cotton’s letter instructs the Iranian leaders on how the U.S. Constitution works:
“…(W)e are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution—the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices—which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.
What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. 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 letter currently has 46 co-signers, Among them, the entire Republican leadership, including two 2016 Presidential candidates; Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. No Democrats have signed yet.
— Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@BillCassidy) March 9, 2015
The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol has some free advice for the scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton:
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) March 9, 2015
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) told Reuters that the letter is just a stunt:
“This is a cynical effort by Republican senators to undermine sensitive international negotiations. It weakens America’s hand and highlights our political divisions to the rest of the world.”
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), and others, agree with Durbin:
.@SenFeinstein appalled at highly inappropriate & unprecedented incursion into the president’s prerogative to conduct foreign affairs,
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) March 9, 2015
— H.D. Gregg ?? (@HDGregg) March 9, 2015
— David Day (@daviday) March 9, 2015
The negotiations have left many upset because Iran would be able to keep the nuclear centrifuges it has in place and eventually, they believe, be able to construct nuclear weapons.
Cotton, who finished Harvard law and then joined the Army, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11, is unlikely to be easily frightened by his skirmish with the White House.