Our illustrious SecState, John "Xmas in Cambodia" Kerry, who made a name for himself by accusing his fellow soldiers of atrocities and hanging around with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegations in Paris during the Vietnam War peace talks, is in a tiff because 47 US Senators had the temerity to send an "open letter," drafted by Senator Cotton, to the despots in Iran.
All that angry talk about the Logan Act from the Democrats! The party that played around with the Sandinistas, the FMLN, the Castroites, Chavez, and Assad, who repeatedly sabotaged negotiations on free trade, and on and on, is now upset because 47 US Senators had the nerve to remind Iran, and the Obama Misadministration, that the US Constitution gives a very important role to the US Congress, especially the Senate, when it comes to international agreements. Cotton's letter states,
[U]nder our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them. In the case of a treaty, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote. A so-called congressional-executive agreement requires a majority vote in both the House and the Senate (which, because of procedural rules, effectively means a three-fifths vote in the Senate). Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement.Wow! Is that treason or what?
Calling Attorney General Holder! Better go arrest all those middle school textbook publishers! They're giving away national secrets!
Maybe, just maybe, you'd think that our President, the World's Most Intelligent Man, as well as a Harvard-educated lawyer and self-proclaimed "Professor of Constitutional Law," might know of the Constitution's very carefully established separation of powers among the three branches of government.
Checks and Balances? Does any of this ring a bell, Professor Obama?
It must not, since this President insists that all government powers belong to him, e.g., see his immigration actions, and, apparently, that Congress is just a place for him to deliver his State of the Union speeches.
You can always count on Kerry to misspeak in the most marvelous and revealing of ways. Yes, the same man who openly acknowledged that we would deliver an "unbelievably small" strike against Assad, this while Obama pounded his chest and roared on about "red lines," now has undermined his chief, again.
In the Senate hearing, Kerry, as reported by CNN no less, said,
Cotton's letter stemmed from the false premise that any agreement brokered with Iran would be legally binding, though the letter doesn't use that language.
"We're not negotiating a legally binding plan," Kerry said, pointing out that an eventual agreement would have the same power as the "thousands" of executive agreements between the U.S. and foreign countries that Congress has not approved.
Kerry said that the letter is "incorrect when it says that Congress could modify the terms of an agreement."Let's put aside the nonsense about Congress not being able to modify an agreement and not mention the amendments to agreements on trade, for example, introduced by the Democrats in Congress.
Let's focus on Kerry's wonderful phrase, "We're not negotiating a legally binding plan." What in the Sam Hill does that mean? What are we negotiating? A gentlemen's agreement? With the Ayatollahs who daily proclaim their intention to wipe out Israel and the West?
So, as we all thought from the start, and as Bibi so eloquently reminded, this "deal" is a nothing burger. A Hoax. Worse. It sends a clear signal to the Iranians that the Obamistas will not do anything about Iran's nuclear weapon's program, not even ask Congress to take a look at the deal. Iran will get nuclear weapons, and Obama is quite content for that to happen.
Quite literally, nothing is better than this deal.