It is probably a certainty that most Americans, if given the choice, would pledge their support and allegiance to the United States of America instead of a foreign nation. In fact, in most circles, particularly most conservative circles, it would certainly be considered an act of treason to support a foreign country over America, and nearly as treasonous to support and give aid to a foreigner attempting to subvert the United States government in international matters. For dog’s sake, 12 years ago Republicans were ballistic when an American citizen dared question the foreign policy of a sitting U.S. president, so it is expected they would be apoplectic if an American citizen actively join forces with foreigners to undermine the nation they claim to love.
It is very telling about Republican and conservative hypocrisy that when a country-and-western entertainer opined that she was embarrassed that a warmonger president of the United States, George W. Bush, was from the same state as her, Americans on the right went insane with anger. Republicans, all manner of conservatives, and “patriotic” country music devotees went ballistic and launched a campaign to destroy the careers of the Dixie Chicks for having the audacity to express a personal opinion about a sitting president while on foreign soil. Some conservatives were so outraged they made threats to the entertainers.
When there was a war against Muslims for Americans to fight at Netanyahu’s urging, Republicans not only would not tolerate a dissenting voice, they sought vengeance against the entertainers who had the temerity to express their opinion on foreign soil protesting Bush’s war of aggression against Muslims. If questioning a decision to go to war on Israel’s behalf was an outrage less than twelve years ago, then where is the conservative outrage against a sitting United States senator for pledging his undying support to a foreign leader to subvert the foreign policy of a sitting President of the United States? It is non-existent.
After Republican Senator Tom Cotton met with “his” most favorite nation’s leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, he said “Today’s meeting only reaffirms my opposition to this deal. I will stand with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel and work with my colleagues in Congress to stop this deal and to ensure that Israel has the means to defend itself against Iran.” It is bad enough that Cotton pledged to “stand with Netanyahu and Israel” to subvert American foreign policy, but why did he not demonstrate exactly how the United Nations P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran strips Israel of its means to defend itself; especially when American taxpayers are funding over 15% of Israel’s military. But Cotton is working from blind devotion, and a solemn pledge, to a foreign nation and its warmongering leader to subvert his own nation’s foreign policy so expecting any kind of evidence to support his sedition is a waste of energy.
Cotton certainly has shown no fealty whatsoever to the nation of which he claims to be a citizen or the Constitution he swore an oath to defend and support; because by his own admission his first and only allegiance is to Israel in general and its prime minister in particular. There has been no outrage that Cotton, or Republicans, have joined a foreigner to subvert American foreign policy because Barack Obama is an African American man dedicated to preventing Americans from fighting and dying in another Middle East war against Muslims on behalf of a foreigner. Republicans can, and have, spent the past six years openly claiming that Barack Obama is not, in any way, shape, or form an American even though he is upholding his pledge of allegiance to the United States; not some foreign nation or its leader. It is something Tom Cotton cannot say because his pledge is serving a foreigner and he is unapologetic about standing with Netanyahu in opposition to America; the country that is subservient to Israel and its leader according to Cotton.
When Speaker of the House John Boehner went behind the Administration’s back and invited the foreigner to act like he sets American foreign policy in the Middle East, many thought Boehner violated the Logan Act. However, the final conclusion was that inviting a foreigner to address a joint session of Congress to subvert American foreign policy was simply a “breach of protocol.” Likewise, when Netanyahu devotee Tom Cotton wrote a letter to Iranian hardliners promising Republicans would scuttle the P5+1 deal so Israel could start a war with Iran that Americans would fight and die in, it was not sedition or a violation of the Logan Act; it was just another breach of protocol. Now though, a sitting U.S. Senator travels to a foreign nation and pledges to stand with it and its leader in opposition to the country he claims to be a citizen and Republicans are silent. It is more than just a breach of protocol, it is at the very least “seditious in spirit” and in many Americans’ minds it is treasonous.
Cotton is guilty of attempting to subvert the twice legally-elected leader of the United States who has sole purview over setting foreign policy. No matter how one assesses what Cotton is doing, it is an attempt to subvert United States’ foreign policy for a foreigners’ bloodlust. This Iran deal is an international effort, and not an American treaty with a foreign nation that requires any input, or approval, from the U.S. Congress in the form of “ratification” as required by the Constitution. It was a mistake to give Netanyahu’s surrogates in Congress authority to scuttle a deal the involves five other nation’s leaders, but America has proven itself exceptional the past six years in breaking Constitutional protocol. But that is just one of the prices America has to pay for having a government composed of politicians who serve the best interests of foreigners instead of the nation or its Constitution.
Neither Cotton, the Republican Party, nor the 47 seditious Republicans who pledged to Iranian hardliners that they would thwart the international deal for a war on Israel’s behalf have any intention of supporting the Constitution despite their oath of office; especially not when their anointed foreign leader is directing their subversion of the nation’s foreign policy. Cotton is blatantly joining forces with a foreigner to subvert America’s foreign policy, and announces his pledge of support on foreign soil without a word of condemnation from conservatives.
Tom Cotton is the worst kind of American traitor for standing with a foreigner, on foreign soil, and pledging his support to subvert the United States. Obviously if he could be thrown out of Congress, Republicans would never act because they are as devoted to a foreign nation’s subversion of American foreign policy as Benjamin Netanyahu and his newest disciple Tom Cotton. However, Cotton’s love of country, this country, not Israel, is certainly up for debate as is any semblance of patriotism anyone sane might expect from an American citizen and sitting U.S. Senator. The people who should be most outraged are his constituents who have to ask exactly which of their best interests he serves by pledging his allegiance to a foreign nation and its warmonger leader, because there is nothing in any Americans’ best interests in another Middle East war fought to sate the bloodlust, and defense industry greed, of the man a sitting U.S. Senator just pledged his allegiance and support to subvert America.
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