GOP Senators Who Signed Treasonous Iran Letter Called “Traitors” By New York Daily News
On the cover of its Tuesday edition, the New York Daily News featured a picture of four Republican Senators with the caption “Traitors” in huge bold letters underneath in response to the letter 47 GOP Senators sent to Iran undermining President Obama’s negotiations with the country. The four Senators represented in the picture were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). Paul and Cruz are 2016 Presidential candidates while Cotton is the freshman Senator who came up with the bright idea to write a letter to Iranian leadership informing them that any agreement reached with Obama could easily be revoked by either another President or Congress.
Accompanying the Daily News’ provocative headline was a scathing editorial calling all 47 Republicans who signed the letter “un-patriotic” and an “embarrassment to our nation.” The paper’s editorial board stated that while they aren’t in total agreement with the White House regarding the potential nuclear pact with Iran, they condemn the Republican Senate’s betrayal of the Constitution.
They are an embarrassment to the Senate and to the nation.
How the executive and legislative branches come to terms in the event that Obama presents his version of a done deal to America will be of grave national and international concern. There will be no place for juvenilia, and there should not have been at this expectant juncture.
Rather than offer objections domestically in robust debate, as is their obligation, ringleader Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and his band trespassed on presidential turf by patronizing Iran’s leaders with the suggestion “that you may not fully understand our constitutional system.”
The plain intent was to sabotage Obama by pushing the Iranians into balking at a deal out of fear that a turn of the U.S. political wheel could doom the pact in the not-so-distant future.
Late Monday evening, Vice President Joe Biden released a blistering statement through the White House attacking the Republicans who took part in this treasonous stunt. He took special umbrage with Cotton for authoring the letter, pointing out that if this sabotages talks with Iran, then the very real possibility of war is on the horizon.
The author of this letter has been explicit that he is seeking to take any action that will end President Obama’s diplomatic negotiations with Iran. But to what end? If talks collapse because of Congressional intervention, the United States will be blamed, leaving us with the worst of all worlds. Iran’s nuclear program, currently frozen, would race forward again. We would lack the international unity necessary just to enforce existing sanctions, let alone put in place new ones. Without diplomacy or increased pressure, the need to resort to military force becomes much more likely—at a time when our forces are already engaged in the fight against ISIL.
The President has committed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. He has made clear that no deal is preferable to a bad deal that fails to achieve this objective, and he has made clear that all options remain on the table. The current negotiations offer the best prospect in many years to address the serious threat posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions. It would be a dangerous mistake to scuttle a peaceful resolution, especially while diplomacy is still underway.
Cotton appeared on Morning Joe Tuesday morning to address Biden’s statement and defend the letter he wrote to Iran. Of course, he personally attacked Biden, claiming he’s been wrong on “nearly every foreign policy and security decision in the last 40 years” and telling the Veep to “respect the dignity of the Senate” by telling POTUS to submit any deal with Iran to Congress for approval. Cotton also told the hosts that he would only agree to total nuclear disarmament of Iran — ummmm, they don’t have nuclear weapons yet — while stating Iran could not be negotiated with.
With those statements, Cotton was pressed by the panel that no diplomatic solutions or options would only leave military intervention. He finally copped to the fact that he would be completely fine with that, stating that Israel has done a good job with air strikes on facilities in Iran and America could join in with that.
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of MSNBC:
To Joe Scarborough’s credit, he pointed out during Tuesday’s broadcast that if he were still in Congress, he would not have signed on to this letter. Regardless of your personal feeling about the President or the philosophical disagreements you may have over foreign policy or tactics, you do not undercut the nation’s leader in their dealings with other countries. That is way beyond the pale and potentially in violation of federal law. Many have already pointed out that the 47 GOP Senators may very well have violated the Logan Act with their actions.
While I am not positive that is the case, one thing I do know is they violated the trust of the American people. They decided it was more important for them to act like petulant children in an attempt to embarrass the President of the United States than to allow him to find peaceful solutions to real-world issues.
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65 Replies to “GOP Senators Who Signed Treasonous Iran Letter Called “Traitors” By New York Daily News”
FINALLY! In print and in BOLD lettering – Republicans are TRAITORS. ALL of them, without exception. Because NONE have come out to denounce this petulant act on their side that appears to underscore my fear that Republicans WANT WAR.
Republicans are not interested in peaceful talks or diplomacy. We saw that under Bush in 2002 to the run-up to the 2003 war in Iraq. Republicans crave perpetual war, and the sooner the American people understand that, the less they are willing to vote for these war-profiteering warmongers who have no qualms signing all kinds of paper for war, just as long as they and theirs don’t have to fight in it themselves.
People, Republicans are no longer just the opposition Party. They are the traitors of this country and they should be shamed into being exposed as such.
The GOP/TP are their own worst enemy.
Lucifer!!!! So sad that this has happened.. Republicans have gone to far.. What is wrong with these people.. We will not be destroyed by another country we are going to destroy each other.. Sad!!!
Once again GOP leaders allow a newbie to make decisions for them that hurt the country. First, they listened to Cruz and shutdown the government. Now they listen to Cotton and send a letter to a foreign government, undercutting the President.
They should know by now that if Cruz believes it is a good idea, it isn’t a good idea. Every idea Cruz has had or thought was a good idea has been a bad decision.
This was more about trying to undercut PBO’s power, more than anything else. Of course it backfired, everything backfires on them, yet, they continue to behave like racist, toddlers having a tantrum when they do not get their way
This stunt will cost the gopers a senate majority next year. The senators up for re-election will have to campaign with the TRAITOR sign hung around their neck. They just lost the independent vote and can’t win with the rabid 30% teahead morons.
Can you imagine any of today’s allies wanting to deal with the U.S. if the GOP ever gained control of the White House?
It’s one thing to be ashamed of our so-called congressional “leadership”, but it is past time to clean house.
Tom Cotton seems to think Bibi is POTUS…
The NY Dailey news is no liberal paper and for them to come out like that shows what a shitstorm these shitters have done
I must have missed something. There’s Lindsay Graham saying that Iran is our enemy. Really? What have they done to us? We have the U S Govt, and other governments, demanding that Iran cease their pursuit of nuclear energy. What right do we have to determine what another sovereign country can or cannot do within their own borders? I don’t get it.
As signers of the NPT treaty Iran has every right to nuclear energy. Do you know who hasn’t signed it? I give you one guess
Didn’t Tom Harkin and John Kerry meet with the Sandinista leader Commandante Ortega behind Reagan’s back? We can go even further if you want to Kennedy’s correspondence with the KGB and Andropov to undermine both Carter and Reagan’s policies and even going so far as to sabotage Reagan’s re-election. So would you like to explain how this constitutes treason but somehow Harkin’s, Kerry’s, and Kennedy’s actions do not?
Congress tries to go beyond trolling on foreign policy. It won’t work.
Congressional Republicans are trying to sabotage the Iran negotiations by goading their counterpart hardliners in Iran. Here’s why it won’t work
As long as the the lynchem’ party isn’t held accountable, it will continue. Their games are just like 6 years ago, anti-American. Majority in 2 of the branches and they get paid for nuntin’ as they continue “cotton scholar” governing.[wink]
You wouldn’t be talking about how Reagan broke the law by sending weapons down there and as blowback started the crack cocaine epidemic? Trust you don’t want to go there
umm, the logan act? You do realize that congress is a co-equal branch of government. If anyone is violating any laws it would be Obama who has already pledged that he will not allow the Senate to play their constitutional role in ratifying this agreement. So doesn’t unilateral exertion of power by one member of the co-equal branches cut both ways? Please, I’d love to hear your special pleading arguments why this isn’t so.
Damn don’t they teach you baggers the Constitution at your homeschool?
Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, includes the Treaty Clause, which empowers the President of the United States to propose and chiefly negotiate agreements between the United States and other countries, which become treaties between the United States and other countries after the advice and consent of a supermajority of the United States Senate.
Advise and consent does not mean when he is gone we wont honor the treaty or any agreement quisling
Winner winner chicken dinner
Senator Cotton’s 48 Hours – Attempt to scuttle Iran Deal, Meet with Defense Contractors
A day after revealing to the world the paucity of his knowledge of the Constitution, the Iranian negotiations, and the Middle East in general – Senator Cotton is meeting with a Defense Industry lobbying group in a closed door meeting.
You need to take a civics lesson. You are clueless. The constitution nowhere says the branches are coequal. The constitution does say foreign affairs are a presidential issue and the Supreme Court since john Adams have agreed.
There is presently no treaty to be ratified, there may only be a protocol. As for Congress, what bill was passed that authorized these 47 to speak for the Senate?
As for President Obama, he is acting within the constitution and laws.
Iran was our ally – until the CIA tried to overthrow their government. Why should they trust us?
They aren’t Senators, they are agents provocateur.
The Most Important People In The World Are From Arkansas
How Tom Cotton runs the nation.
It is an act of unconscionable and perilous presumption, reckless at its base and heedless of eventual consequences. Nobody elected Tom Cotton or the rest of these clowns to undermine the ability of this president to conduct foreign policy. (Nobody elected Bibi Netanyahu to do it, either, as sad as this might make Jen Rubin.) It long has been acceptable on the respectable American right to call this president practically anything. It now is acceptable on the respectable American right to do anything to thwart his ability to conduct his office.
A twice-elected president must bow to the uneducated whims of the representative of 478,819 Arkansans. We have fallen through the looking glass and left it far behind.
John McCain signed this letter – wonder what he thinks of Jane Fonda now.
I detest Mitch McConnell, but what the hell is wrong with him? He’s a snake, but he’s generally smarter than this. I blame him for not leading his caucus, cedeing his power to the freshman moron from Arkansas. Most of the fourty-seven would have followed his lead, had he played at being majority leader. I’m embarrassed to be from Kentucky!!
It is more than shameful that Republican “lawmakers” have to be schooled on the law by a foreign entity who apparently knows more about international and our constitutional law than they do.
I, personally, am not embarrassed by THEIR overreach, but the people that elected these know-nothings should be.
If Eric Holder was to come out right now and say he has appointed a special prosecutor to convene a federal grand jury to investigate, and prosecute Cotton, and the other 46 GOP senators he would be met with enthusiasm and approval. These traitors need to be prosecuted.
Daily News edition for March 10, 2014, will be a collector’s edition. Get your copy fast, because the truth is revealed here where every other newspaper is hedging their facts.
I hope that Judas got his thirty pieces of silver.
Stunt risks a war.
Well Duh- that’s what the Repugnicans want. Namely because they know they’re never going to put their own boots on the ground.
It is my hope that after realizing the error in his action, that he take the same path as Judas did after taking his 30 pieces of silver.
And they suppose to be the civilized ones?
Israeli foreign minister calls for beheadings of certain Arab citizens. Yes really.
How Powerful Is America’s Military Really?
The conclusion of the report is not exactly comforting: namely, America only possesses “marginal” military strength to defend its vital interests in the current threat environment. “Overall, the Index concludes that the current U.S. military force is adequate to meeting the demands of a single major regional conflict while also attending to various presence and engagement activities,” the report states. “But it would be very hard-pressed to do more and certainly would be ill-equipped to handle two, near-simultaneous major regional contingencies,” as successive administrations of both political parties have used as their benchmark for military strength.
So when the Reich have their wet dream about war with Iran exactly what army will they send into battle?
I’m sure most of you who are calling them Traitors. have these three things in common.
1. Never served in the military.
2. Want more free stuff from the GOV
3. Blame all of your problems on someone else!
One. more of us have served than you chickenshit wanna be john waynes
Two. We work for ours unlike you freeloaders from red states
Three. We blame America problems on you know nothing idiots
File charges against the 47 U.S. Senators in violation of The Logan Act in attempting to undermine a nuclear agreement.
Wayall, dayum, you described Republican legislators perfectly.
They are traitors.
1. I served honorably in the military.
2. I want nothing from the government, I make my own money, and pay my own health insurance.
3. I have been humbled by my own stupidity.
So, your theory is incorrect…these Senators must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I cant believe we are tolerating these grievous offences to our constitution.
You presumptuous little bitch. I did two tours in Nam, earned two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. I was bleeding while your hero John McCain was singing.
I’ve witnessed first hand the degradation of our country starting the day that Richard Nixon abolished the draft. I’ve seen the rampant greed of the right and the willful disregard for the law from every “Christian” church and “faith based” organization imaginable under the baton of your lord and savior, Ronald Reagan.
I suspect your assumptions are based on the older folks you know from your home state of Hillbillyvania.
My advice to you is 1) quit trolling for a living, you’re not very good at it. 2) seek out a government grant for education – that way you might actually understand the world – unless of course you go to OU, in which case disregard my advice. You probably already know how to be an ignorant racist.
Finally, get the Koch taste out of your mouth, it stinks!
Time to start locking up some of these treasonous traitors. Maybe that will set an example for these prejudicial bigots.
Tom Cotton was educated in AK who I read today wants to make their education private. Which will ensure no education for the working class. Ensuring the students only learn what the rethugs want them to know which we all can see is very little, If Cotton is an example.
I hope the shit is so deep these 47 rethug Senators can NOT dig themselves out. Hope they remain in this pile the rest of their lives.47 rethug Senators prove just what the republican party is willing to do, as I have said before NOTHING IS TOO MUCH FOR THEM> NOTHING! They are capable of anything!
And not to be outdone the Hindu Piushi Jindal came running saying – me too, me too
because he does so want to be accepted by the rethugs.
THANK YOU DJ!!said with just the correct amount of disrespect..
And they are catching hell for it, as well they should.
The Logan Act forbids such correspondence
§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
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.
1 Stat. 613, January 30, 1799, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953 , 2004..
Learn your Constitution Erica. The Senate is required to ratify TREATIES, not agreements made between heads of State. Big difference between the two.
I certainly hope that’s the case John, however, gerrymandered districts are quite a reality and can not be ignored. You only have to look to the 2014 mid-term elections to see the impact those districts made.
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I saw this “coup” before on Madamme Secretary, her crew did the same thing trying to screw up dipolmacy with Neighboring countries of Iran to obtain a nuclear agreement. Seditious tresonous acts. Watch her,, look up last show.
Ayotte is no-one to mess with she has very sharp claws and Mc Cain is a lost old man who should be put out to pasture
Both are Traitors.
Both of this States United States Senators Have committed Treason. I only hope North Carolina now realizes what complete morons it elected!
I hope Burr and Tillis are recalled and impeached !
Black Mountain, NC
DJ, you should run for Congress, teach these traitors about the Constitution
We ARE being destroyed by another country already. Israel. But that is too easy to say. Not all Isralis but the few that are determined to take over the Middle East. That would be like saying every one in America is responsible for what the republicans do. We have been put into a position it’s impossible to find out the truth about any of it. Our MSM is part of it all. And if anything does slip through the screams of Anti-Semitism drowns out the truth. Israel has a huge arsenal of Nuclear weapons. So does some other counties in that region. BUT what they don’t have is the second largest oil field in the world. Iran has the oil..the others want it. But nothing is ever said about those elephants in the room by the red, white and blue striped elephants. Nothing is ever said about who is funding ISIS now either, but the early days we saw who was. Strange that..the same groups that Cotton reported to the next day after “The Letter”.
I have said for YEARS Republicans are “traitors”! When a party, ANY party, put the well-being of that party ABOVE the well-being of the country they are traitors.
When Republicans caused a government shut-down without ANY concerns of whether or not government employees would be able to pay rent, buy food for their family, etc. Neither did their care about essential services required by citizens, many of them needy, they showed their true stripes.
They, Republicans, have “intentionally” created unnecessary strife for the purpose of division, used hate as a resource tool, etc., all in an attempt to simply “undermine” the President. I do not agree with everything the President does but I would expect the Republican Party to make decisions based on what is based on what is best for the country, not their party and not their “hate”, especially at the expense of the American people and the country.
They have finally shown their true traitorous nature, hopefully to all …
the 47 senators undermined our president’s attempt to negotiate with Iran.
they should be charged with treason.
Rand Paul’s Munich
That Rubio and Cruz signed on is hardly surprising: they have been among the most bombastic of the Republican field when it comes to foreign policy, never deviating from the Fox News-neocon party line. The real stunner was the conquest of the sometime anti-interventionist junior Senator from Kentucky.
I say “conquest” because, although he voted for sanctioning Iran in 2012, Sen. Paul has recently been a vocal opponent of imposing new sanctions, and has broken with his Republican colleagues on the whole question of how to deal with Tehran, averring that we must give diplomacy a chance. Less than two months ago, speaking at a forum for GOP presidential aspirants, he directly confronted Rubio and Cruz:
“Are you ready to send ground troops into Iran? Are you ready to bomb them? Are you ready to send in 100,000 troops?I’m a big fan of trying to exert and trying the diplomatic option as long as we can. If it fails, I will vote to resume sanctions and I would vote to have new sanctions. But if you do it in the middle of negotiations, you’re ruining it.”
If Sen. Paul is against “ruining it,” why did he sign a letter that seeks to do exactly that? Is he now ready to send ground troops into Iran? Is he ready to bomb them?
As a man of color who love this country.what are white men so scared of when it comes to me. If you ask they can’t tell me so if you don’t open the book and Read the pages you will never know what you might like.the race I belong to is the humen race and when you see that then maybe you will learn how to live.to say you are god fearing is a
Lie.god bless America and the one’s who wants to kill me cause of my skins color may you see your god soon and if he is black tell me how you fill then.peace to all that live.
When you’re speaking of “gerrymandering of districts” — you’re not referring to the Senate. There are only two Senators per state, no matter what size or population they contain.
There’s no such thing as gerrymandering the Senate.
This song goes out to war criminal Dick Cheney and 47 traitors that want to follow in his foot steps~
wrong on all counts but pretty clear you have no respect for the president who was elected twice by a majority< and unless you're a millionaire the gop is not doing shit for you .you're an idiot who votes against his own interest.
I’m not scared of you and I’m sorry for how my race has treated your race. You know what pisses me off ? When a white person just assumes I’m as racist as they are just because I’m white . All racist are cowards and they only speak their true thoughts when they think they have safety in numbers.So its their cowardice that makes them fear you. Have hope my friend these racist will surely die out soon.
In a sences, Senator Tom Cotton thinks Natanyaho is in reality the president of The United States?, the intention of those
47 may not be as bad as it looks but it certainly looks awful.
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