Mitch McConnell Acts Like A Criminal By Offering Lie Filled Alibi For Iran Letter On CNN

Mitch McConnell Iran Letter CNN State Of The Union

Mitch McConnell offered up a lie filled defense of the act of sabotage that he committed against President Obama, but no amount of lies can quell the growing rage of millions of Americans.
Video:

https://youtu.be/q7WGqyMzzEM

McConnell said:

I think this is a good case of selective outrage. I remember reading about Sen. Robert Byrd when he was the Senate Majority Leader flying to Moscow during the negotiations over the Salt II treaty explaining to the Russians the Senate’s role in treaty ratification, and John Kerry when he was a senator flew to Managua there and met with a communist dictator, Daniel Ortega, and accused the Reagan administration of engaging in terrorism. So look, members of Congress expressing themselves about important matters, not only at home, but around the world is not unprecedented. So the main point here that I think everybody needs to understand is the president is about to make a very bad deal. He clearly doesn’t want Congress involved in it at all, and we’re worried about it. We don’t think he ought to make a bad deal with one of the worst regimes in the world.”

Later, the Senate Majority Leader defended signing the letter, “I signed the letter. I don’t think it was a mistake. It was no more unusual than Robert Byrd going to Moscow or John Kerry going to Managua. I thought it was entirely appropriate. It explained that the process is going to include Congress at some point.”

Media reports from the 1980s don’t back up McConnell’s historical claims.

Here is how the Chicago Tribune described Byrd’s Moscow trip, ” Eight U.S. senators arrived in Moscow on Saturday to “lay any groundwork“ for improved superpower relations, relations that one of their Soviet greeters called “very bad.“ Sen. Robert Byrd (D., W.Va.), the Senate Democratic leader, said the delegation he heads is here “to promote the cause of peace and contribute to a better understanding“ between Moscow and Washington….But he said the Senate wants to work with President Reagan “and we want to try to be helpful in reaching arms-control agreements that will. . . promote peace between these two great countries.“ He said he will deliver a letter from Reagan to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday. The senators, he said, want to help the Reagan-Gorbachev summit meeting, set for November in Geneva, “in every way we can.`”

The congressional delegation that went to Moscow was bipartisan. Senate Republicans also went on the trip. The trip to Moscow wasn’t designed to sabotage a president. The Senators delivered a letter from President Reagan to Soviet leaders.

The Senators were trying to help the White House, not sabotage a president.

On the Kerry example, the Boston Globe reported, Within weeks of taking office in 1985, he was off to Nicaragua, accompanied by reporters on a 36-hour, self-appointed fact-finding mission with another freshman, Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. Congressional Democrats had accused the White House of exaggerating the communist threat posed by the Sandinista regime. So the two senators were publicly castigated when — just days after meeting with Daniel Ortega and other leaders of the regime — the Sandinistas climbed aboard a plane to Moscow to cement their Soviet ties.”

The Kerry trip was more controversial, but it different from what the 47 Republicans did because Kerry was engaged in a self-appointed fact-finding mission. He wasn’t speaking for the Senate or threatening to undermine the president.

What is different about the Iran letter is that it was a blatant attempt to undermine the foreign policy of the United States government. The letter states that any agreement that does not have Senate approval will only be considered an executive agreement, and, “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.”

Mitch McConnell is obviously proud of his act of sabotage, but his historical claims of precedence, don’t match the objective media accounts of the time.

43 Replies to “Mitch McConnell Acts Like A Criminal By Offering Lie Filled Alibi For Iran Letter On CNN”

  1. How is this different from a 6 year old whining: “they did it first!”? Has he no moral compass of his own? Or is he an amoral tool? (Rhetorical question, folks.)

  2. One thing about republicans today they are the biggest asshat lying children to have ever been elected in U.S. history, at that they are writing their own treasonist history that will be recorded for years to come.

  3. So I guess this means the GOP has given up on the false Pelosi equivalency already? Had to go back pretty far, there, Mitch. And neither instance is remotely like what you did, which was treason, plain and simple. And I hate to waste facts on you, but this in NOT an Obama/Iran agreement. It is Iran and six nations. SIX. I don’t see any of them sending whiny letters to Iran threatening to dismantle the deal. You are a piece of work, Senator, and I hope this finally spells out to your voters how underhanded you are.

  4. Mitch KNOWS that he signed an amateurish letter, drafted by a Freshman Senator, who has NO Foreign policy credentials. Period. Then he is trying to save Face, with the same old talking points Bibi Netanyahu gave them: “It’s a bad Deal.” First, HOW DOES HE (Bibi) KNOW its a bad deal? And HOW does Mitch McConnell KNOW it’s a bad deal? !!!!!! When a deal HAS NOT TAKEN PLACE YET, NOR DEVELOPED IN STONE? With 5+1 Participants at the table? They (Republicans and Netanyahu [Who By the way is going to be thrown out])are only assuming without facts. Then, to them no deal is preferred. Just go Bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities…..that’s the warmongers deal. And they are NOT dealing or consulting with the 6 members of the countries in on the deal with Iran. So, It’s pure MALISCIOUS sabotage they are committing. The world watches, and the world has made up its mind: Israel and Republican Americans are the world’s de-stabilizers. They sabre rattle constantly, and create the Enemies.

  5. Given that Bill Kristol channelled a cool million to Cottonballs to write that thing, it’s not unlikely that the other signers also had the pure$t of motives.

  6. Well, he knows that he or none of the other 46 traitors will never suffer any consequences for their revolting actions. Other than raking in all that lovely Koch $$$ and getting relected again & again & again…ad nauseum.

  7. plus, Nicaragua had a democratically elected government when Kerry visited there – McConnell is a liar and generally clueless.

  8. NOTHING was done about the massive amounts of cocaine found aboard his father-in-law’s freight ship last month. He and his family are criminals and they have gotten away with it again!

  9. McConnell’s a piece of something, Sally. “Work” wasn’t the first thing that came to my mind, however…

  10. Ah the Republican Rationalization machine-it must be overheating, based upon all of the Hot Air the Republicans come up with to excuse themselves their act of Treachery/Treason.

  11. First of all he’s ‘MAJORITY LEADER’ of the senate and if he can recite history then the f**ker knew it was wrong, so this imbecile decided they do it anyway. But he didn’t have guts to do it hisself. He got the most ignorant, arrogant, hard-on wannabe the next ‘Great White Hope’ to do it.
    Instead of giving intelligent answers or a direction how they correct they’re mutinous acts. They coming out double down on stupid. They don’t even know what in the deal. The deal isn’t make yet. 2nd this is not a f**kin treaty, therefore, a senate vote is not require. These ignorant a** seem to forget “THEY ARE NOT IN CHARGE,” Nut-n-yahoo nor Putin is POTUS. President Barack Hussein Obama is.. I say, prosecute every last one.

  12. The 47 have FU**** UP royaly and have now put us into quandry with the other 5 countries who believe we’re nuts.

    “Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.”
    “But a Security Council resolution on a nuclear deal with Iran could be legally binding, say Western diplomatic officials. That could complicate and possibly undercut future attempts by Republicans in Washington to unravel an agreement.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/12/us-iran-nuclear-idUSKBN0M82IS20150312

  13. Since it’s president Obama, even if it would be a good deal, it’s already a bad deal, even though they don’t have clue what the deal may be.

    Remember it’s president Obama if it’s good it’s bad, if it’s bad it’s really REALLY bad.

    Can we please elect knowledgeable adults into congress instead of these ignorant children??

  14. This is what I think may happen. Iran will come to some agreement that the war party and Israel wont like because they want total surrender. The security council will lift the sanctions. The party of no will huff and puff about increasing US sanctions and hen their real masters the business class will see the money to made by lifting US sanctions they going to take the traitors in the backroom and lay the law down. The American Taliban will be told sit down and STFU

  15. I think this is a good case of selective outrage too. My selective outrage at Republicans, and their sycophants that defend their actions, that dishonored themselves, the President and their country

    I don’t know that it rises to the level of treason, but it tells you everything you need to know about the hatred they have towards their President. Whether they like it or not, he IS their legally elected President.

    They say the next president could wipe out the agreement at will. They are assuming that the next president will be a Republican. When they find all that damning evidence on Hillary Clinton’s server that disqualify her as a presidential candidate.

    We all, or most of us know, what happens when you assume something.

    Dumb asses.

  16. They are all saying the president is about to make a bad deal, why don’t some of the TV interviewers ask them to please explain the deal, from my understanding the framework for a deal is not even in place yet.

  17. Cotton doesn’t have a friggin clue!!!
    on “Face the Nation”

    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said on Sunday cited Iran’s control of their own capital, Tehran, as a reason that the country had to be stopped from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    In a interview on CBS, Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer pointed out that Cotton’s letter to Iran, which was also signed by 46 other Republican senators, may have undermined President Barack Obama’s ability to get a nuclear deal with Iran.

    “Let’s say the deal falls through, then what?” Schieffer wondered.

    Cotton replied by quoting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    “The alternative to a bad deal is a better deal,” the freshman senator insisted. “The Iranians frequently bluff to walk away from the table. If they bluff this week, call their bluff. Congress stands ready to impose much more severe sanctions.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sen-tom-cotton-has-no-regrets-at-all-over-gop-letter-to-iran/#

  18. They don’t want Iran to have nuclear power period even though as signers of the NPT it is their right to developed nuclear energy. You know who is not a signer. Israel I wish that fact was pointed out more

  19. In their childish feverish foot-stomping frenzy to get back at president Obama.

    They WILL pay for their utter stupidity.

  20. I’m tired of the foot stomping children who were elected just to get back at president Obama.

    Did SOTH Nancy Pelosi do this kind of stupidity?
    to the pundits:
    The Differences Between The 47 GOP Senators’ Iran Letter And Pelosi’s 2007 Syria Visit
    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/03/12/the-differences-between-the-47-gop-senators-ira/202872

    I have a hard time and my never forgive her for tabling any hearings on president Halliburton Chaney and his puppet Dumya for all the war crap:

    White House: Millions of e-mails may be missing
    http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/13/white.house.email/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

    This was a non-bidded contract:
    Cheney’s Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War
    http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/308-12/16561-focus-cheneys-halliburton-made-395-billion-on-iraq-war

  21. I like what John Kerry said:
    What I do know is that this letter was absolutely calculated to interfere directly with these negotiations. It specifically inserts itself directly to the leader of another country saying don’t negotiate with these guys because we’re going to change this. Which by the way, is not only contrary to the Constitution with respect to the Executive’s right to negotiate, but it is incorrect. Because they can not change an executive agreement. So it’s false information, and directly calculated to interfere, and basically saying don’t negotiate with them. You’ve got to negotiate with five hundred and thirty-five members of Congress. That’s unprecedented. Unprecedented.

  22. Sooo we the ppl what r we going to do about this mess who vote for guys like this we not to get these ppl out stop voting for assholes and get the USA back on top

  23. I expect Republicans to come up with any false equivalencies- it’s what they do.

    What’s disgraceful is the media that never challenges them on them. As long as no one discounts their false equivalencies, the American people will continue to believe their lies.

    Oh- and Jon Stewart made the same comparison with Nancy Pelosi- but he’s just kissing ass so Republicans will go on his show.

  24. Treason, Sedition with intentions of ruining the economy 01/20/09. They prove beyond a doubt, treason. They hate the American way of life. Waste and spend money on BS but are not willing to take care of the country’s essential daily business. They have no problem funding Isreal, but they want to cut food benefits that help families. Working families & children. Republicans are very evil and will lie as a work of art, to the public like they probably do their mothers and wives. That’s a Gods Of Poverty essential. The Prune faced cyborg was on today, lying through his prune face. And the bastard tried to justify his lies nationally. What a waste of oxygen.

  25. The Republican shenanigans has to be something other than Prez Obama. There’s something else going on. Everything they do is not the American way. Not theorizing what’s happening, but what they do in lockstep is just not adding up. Yahoo speaking to congress and sending msgs to Iran when the prez is negotiating? Why are they doing this? I think if they’re not already doing an investigation, on who or what group is running this shit. A senator from Arkansas of all places to just…Something is happening that smells like a conspiracy and it goes further than the Kochs. There’s been a non stop crisis all BS, all the time. Hope I don’t seem to be Teapartish, what the Republicans are doing is for a reason that’s not immediately visable. Bengazi, Mitt Romney called a press conference as if he, not Prez Obama, was president. What brought that on. Wouldn’t be surprised that he set up the attack at Bengazi. I’ll probably get crucified for posting this but it isn’t adding up.

  26. With “leadership” like this, who needs anarchy?

    (BTW, I live in the state that sent McConnell to D.C., and I want to assure you that some of us here have been steadfastly voting against him in every election. If only there were more of us…)

  27. Interesting since Senator Ted Cruz admitted on Morning Joe 3/17/2015 the letter he signed is having the ‘desired’ effect with the hard-line Iranians and current negotiations. It’s truly amazing to watch the GOP clown car in action. It’s embarrassing the other countries attending the negotiations alongside the U.S. will have to contend with our own ‘hard liners’. And since these 47 Senators can’t see beyond their noses, who can understand the long term effects of their action.

  28. Like I’ve always said, lie cheat and steal is all the Republicans know, it’s the only way they use to get ahead in regards to anything, be it elections, excuses or accusations.

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