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Forty-six Republican senators have signed a letter written by freshman Senator Tom Cotton to the leaders of Iran. The letter explains that the nuclear deal President Obama is negotiating is non-binding and won’t survive after he leaves office.
For that breech of etiquette foreign policy expert Leslie Gelb, in a Daily Beast column, says “Republicans hate Obama more than a nuclear Iran”. He calls the letter an act of “near treachery”. (On the other hand, in January he demanded that Obama fire his staff and meet with Senate leaders.)
Fellow foreign policy expert, David Ignatius, says the Senators’ letter is “Grossly irresponsible”.
Michael Gerson thinks the letter is a “half baked” scheme brought on by Obama cutting the Senate out of the process.
Mark Thiessen says it’s not a big deal because it’s all happened before – and he was part of it.
Carl M. Cannon thinks calling the Senators traitors is “beyond Orwellian”.
And Molly Hemingway, in The Federalist, complete with a photo of veteran Tom Cotton holding a kitten while on military duty, calls the whole over-reaction a “media smear”.
Hillary surfaced yesterday with a press conference to explain her super secret email server. She said she has it for the convenience of not having to lug around multiple devices for personal and government email. Suspicious minds like Jonathan Karl might also think it’s for the convenience of not having her emails subpoenaed from the State Department server.
Lois Lerner “lost” thousands of IRS emails when a server “crashed” and had to be put down. She seems to be weathering the storm so far.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces are fighting in Iraq against ISIS. That would be the Islamic Republic vs the Islamic State. President Obama is negotiating a secret nuke deal with the Islamic Republic. Not that this has anything to do with Islam.
In his speech before Congress, Bemjamin Netanyahu reminded his audience that in this case the enemy of your enemy is still your enemy. Many Democrats saw Bibi and Boehner as the enemy and boycotted the speech. Here’s a list of no-shows from IBD.
President Obama’s original line was no nukes for Iran. That may have changed. According to leaks, the administration is working on a ten year plan allowing enough centrifuges to have a nuclear infrastructure but not enough to build bombs. At the end of the ten years, thanks to Obama’s persuasive power, the mullahs will be mollified, Iran will become a normal country, and we’ll have nothing to worry about.
Bibi is unpersuaded:
The deal “doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb,” Netanyahu said.