Some, if not most, Republicans these days can’t seem to take the heat. So, maybe it’s best they get out of the kitchen, so to speak. Because of the backlash from the letter sent to Iran’s Ayatollah signed by 47 Republican Senators informing the country’s leader that any deal made with Obama that is not approved by the Senate could end with Obama’s term, a few Republicans have expressed some second thoughts. According to McClatchydc.com, Sen. Ron Johnson has become the latest in a string of Republicans who suggest he might have done things a little differently.
Even though Johnson stands by the content of the letter, he stated at a Bloomberg breakfast in Washington, “I suppose the only regret is who it’s addressed to.”
Describing it as a “tactical error,” the Wisconsin Republican indicated the letter could have been addressed to Obama, his administration, or the American people.
In a not surprising twist, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) blamed haste and an impending snowstorm in Washington that caused a less measured consideration of the letter.
Speaking to Politico, McCain said, “It was kind of a rapid process. Everybody was looking forward to getting out of town because of the snowstorm. I think we probably should have had more discussion about it, given the blowback there is.”
Can someone please give these males some “big boy” pants and a demeanor more like that of an adult instead of a high school teenager? The Democrats did this same thing some years ago and the left is metering out its usual dose of hypocritical complaints. With the way Obama operates, he is probably portraying himself in these “negotiations” as the last word, like some dictator, when our Constitution requires “advice and consent” of the Senate.
Of course, Obama, his administration and ilk engaged in the usual scolding, expressing of disdain and argued that “Republicans were making foreign policy a partisan issue.” With Obama, we can all ask, “what foreign policy?” Is there even a set foreign policy or does it change daily with Obama’s boxers? As far as anyone can tell, Obama’s foreign policy can be summed up in one phrase – support all Islamic governments and to heck with everything and everyone else. That’s certainly a jam up, put all other presidents to shame, foreign policy – not.
A stinging Obama told reporters at the White House that “lawmakers seemed to be ‘wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran.'” He also declared, “I’m embarrassed for them.”
When has anyone known Obama to be embarrassed? With all the lies and obfuscations this man has done that would embarrass the most seasoned liar, never once has Obama been embarrassed, even after being caught. He just comes up with more lame rhetoric lies to cover the previous ones.
Not only are these 47 Senators receiving some backlash at home, but European allied governments, who are party to these negotiations with Iran, have expressed their dissatisfaction.
German Prime Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday, “Suddenly, Iran can say to us: ‘Are your proposals actually trustworthy if 47 senators say that no matter what the government agrees to, we can subsequently take it off the table?'”
Steinmeier indicated it was no small matter and was not just “an issue of American domestic politics.”
Is Steinmeier operating under the assumption that Iran has any intention of honoring any deal brokered by any nation? All one has to do is look at the statements coming out of Iran’s government these days to know they will violate any agreement before the ink is dry. In fact, they are moving on ahead as if there are no negotiations whatsoever.
Why would any of these Republicans listen to what any official from any European government says when the nations of Europe relinquished their national sovereignty to a European Union run by unelected bureaucrats that are leading Europe into communism and Islamic domination?
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman, didn’t sign the letter and stated the measure did not help in his efforts to garner Democratic support for legislation that requires Congress to approve any nuclear deal with Iran.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stated the letter was intended to “strengthen the President’s hand” in negotiations with Iran.
Someone needs to inform Sen. Corker about the contents of the US Constitution and then remind him of Obama’s propensity to ignore it or any legislation passed by Congress along with current standing laws. Of course, the Senator should know this since Obama changes law he doesn’t like or makes law he wants by executive fiat, just like a dictator.
Sen. Paul, of course, is on the political campaign trail for a potential shot at the Oval Office.
So far, no Republican has back peddled on the content of the letter with McCain saying he was “glad” to sign it.
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) declared he had no second thoughts.
Speaking on Fox News, Graham said, “At the end of the day, I want the ayatollah to understand that our president doesn’t have the ability on his own to waive congressional sanctions without our input and he is claiming he has that right. This is a constitutional crisis in the making. No Senate or House should ever let any president do away with congressional sanctions created by the bodies without their approval.”
This nation has been in a “constitutional crisis” for quite some time now. It’s not “in the making”; it is ongoing. No Senate or House should let any president get away with violating the Constitution and engaging in criminal and treasonous behavior. However, that is exactly what Congress has done with Obama and past presidents. Obama is claiming he has the right to waive congressional sanctions because, in all honesty, who will stop him? Congress? Hardly.
Since Boehner has taken impeachment off the table and we haven’t met Joe Biden, the best that Congress has to offer is another go nowhere, what happened to it, lawsuit.
Congress can pass legislation regarding the Iran nuclear deal and continue its sanctions. However, with government agencies under the control of the executive, Obama’s infamous pen and phone will get quite a workout changing that piece of legislation by executive fiat – just as he has done with Obamacare in conjunction with a neutered Congress.
There are 535 lights on in both chambers, but unfortunately no one is at home. Congress has no earthly idea what is going on in the negotiations with Iran. It’s the old “the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing” deal. They only know what they are being told. And, as we all know, Obama and the people in his administration are full-fledged, blatant, in your face, liars. Of course, some in Congress are no better.
These males, as one could hardly call them men that have now had second thoughts on their letter informing Iran how our government process regarding agreements work show a lack of conviction. While they stand by the content, they regret sending it to Iran after receiving criticism. They were in a hurry because of the snowstorm so didn’t really think it through. Sheesh. What a lame backpedal.
The “Second Thoughts Club” need to stand by their actions, regardless, or get out of the kitchen since they can’t stand the heat.