By Victor Gonzalez
The political world wass buzzing on March 10, when 47 GOP senators signed a letter addressed to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In this letter, the senators led by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated that they can easily undo whatever President Obama’s administration agrees to. It was an unprecedented counter move to the discussions the U.S., China, and Russia are having with Iran to stop their ambitions of being a nuclear power.
From the start, the senators paraphrase the Constitution’s separation of powers clause when they state that, “First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them…” They continue on by stating that President Obama leaves office in 2017, and that they will most likely still hold their position in Congress after he leaves office, and perhaps even decades after.
It is the commander-in-chief that conducts the nation’s foreign policy, and to have the 47 Senate Republicans bypass the president and send this letter to the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran is unheard of.
In the last paragraph of the letter addressed to the leaders of Iran, they go on by stating, “What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider 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.”
The question now is, has this brought all negotiations with Iran about the nuclear deal to a complete halt?