Fifty Republican members of the Senate have composed an open letter to the clerics in Tehran. Titled “An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the letter reads:
“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of Constitution: The power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices, which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.”
Washington, which appears to resemble the gloomy atmosphere of a funeral home of late, just became more morose as the GOP, acting independently, entered into the mayhem of Obama’s foreign policy. While it is unlikely the clerics in Tehran are in need of a remedial lesson on the functions of the Constitution from the GOP, it is painfully clear, in light of the recent speech delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in front of a joint session of Congress, the GOP’s intent was to humiliate the president with this letter.
We should prefer the GOP-controlled Senate rise above petty point scoring, keep their emotions in check, remain pure in intent, conduct legislative affairs apart from the troubling resemblance to Obama’s unhesitating misuse of Executive Action and avoid the agitating endeavor of obnoxious partisanship. Even in the absence of the acrimonious circumstances, this letter is unnecessary and will only amplify impending calamity instead of eliminating any threat toward Israel.
Negotiations with Iran appear locked in a virtual standstill. Obama can reflexively complain Congress has failed to act and so he had to, but the appeal of acting in the same manner by circumventing both the White House and the Constitution will bring disastrous consequences for the GOP. This letter may warn Iran, but, domestically, will be viewed as GOP rivals pinpricking the White House to serve no end.
While it is commendable the GOP is unfailing in their support of Israel, a prescient point was made with the speech delivered by Netanyahu. The GOP is better served now by centering their efforts on building a consensus to forward reasonable bills to alleviate the grim and woe of the economy, which was the promise sweeping them into control of both chambers of Congress last fall.
Obama can falsely claim validity to his solo pursuits and the clerics may appreciate a Western education on the specific mechanics of the Constitution; however, they are unlikely to listen and the GOP will discover soon enough this strategy will be viewed as guilty partisan pleasure.
[Weekly Standard] [Photo courtesy Washington Post]