Divided We Fall – The Letter to Iran

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Led by Tom Cotton, 47 Republican senators signed their names to an open letter this week, aimed at Iranian leaders.

“You may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the letter read. It warned Iran that they would view “any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. 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.”

To put it bluntly, this letter is a national shame. Not the fact that it was written, mind you, but the fact that it had to be written. American leaders don’t have to agree on foreign policy, but it is vital that our government presents a united front when it comes to our enemies. And whether President Obama wants to admit it or not, Iran is one of those enemies. That he has allowed his ego to push him into unilateral negotiations that could jeopardize the Middle East, Israel, American national security, and the entire world is a frightening and disgusting turn of events.

This president believes that he can change the world through appeasement and apologies. He comes to the office of the presidency with the mindset of a child. Merely by hoping for something, he can make it happen. And even if he can’t, he’ll at least get credit in the history books for making the effort. Well, that attitude is one thing when it comes to Cuba, but it’s quite another when it comes to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Democrats have been screaming about the treasonous nature of the letter, apparently forgetting how they acted when George W. Bush was president. Those were the days they praised dissent as important and patriotic. Vice President Joe Biden said the letter was “beneath the dignity of an institution I revere.”

I agree. The letter is an abomination. But the Republicans have nothing to be ashamed of. They did what had to be done. There is talk now that some Republicans are regretting the move behind closed doors, but that’s only because they are – 99 percent of the time – utterly spineless. They should be proud of what they did. It’s one of the first times in recent memory that they did anything worthy of praise.

I wouldn’t say that if the stakes weren’t so high. I wouldn’t say that if they had written a similar letter on the Cuba deal. But we’re talking about setting a designated terrorist state on the path to achieving a nuclear weapon. We’re talking about a move that could very well be regarded as one of the worst mistakes in American history. Scratch that – in human history. If it takes breaking some protocols to prevent that mistake, then that’s what it takes.