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|On March 3, 2015, I asked my 25-years-of-service military-retired sibling what he thought of
the Republicans allowing Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver his speech to Congress against a U.S.
president on U.S. soil. The family member in turn asked me what should Netanyahu have done
after Iran threatened to "annihilate" his Country, [Israel].
In kind, I stated that first, and foremost, Congress should be ashamed for allowing a foreign
leader to publicly denounce a US president's plan; a plan for diplomacy in their region.
(Republican House Speaker, John Boehner should have been ashamed for inviting their
dishonorable friend.) Additionally, Netanyahu should be embarrassed for having the impudence
to come on US soil and speak against President Obama; a US president. (Sadly, I am used to
the Republicans public disrespect for Obama, but Netanyahu's actions were just as
contemptuous and dishonorable.)
Secondly, Iran ALREADY has a nuclear weapons program so Netanyahu's speech and travel
was all for not. Again, the audacity Netanyahu and Republicans! If either were paying
attention, they would have known that Iran crossed the "red line" over twenty years ago. Iran's
ability to produce bombs increased in the early 1990's and over the years past, their program
came into full fruition. At first, Iran was only 10 years away from producing bombs but that
changed and they crossed ignored the four “no’s”: no enrichment, no centrifuges, no stockpile of
enriched uranium, and no heavy water reactor at Arak. Of course, if I were Netanyahu or any
other Middle Eastern leader, I would have been concerned but Iran knew they did not have to
pay attention to any "red line." Please, they scoffed at the thought that they had lost their
"nuclear virginity" while continuing to build their arsenal.
Thirdly, for as long as I can remember, Israel has received threats. The only Country that
possibly has not threatened Israel, is China. However, some Asian Countries do not even
recognize or accept their existence. Furthermore, for as long as I can remember, there have
ALWAYS been "talks" of "peace in the Middle East" and as long as I can remember, the talks
have always broken down. And to be fair, some of those to blame for the destruction of peace,
is um… Israel. In 1967 Israel launched the Six-Day War and destroyed the Egyptian, Jordanian
and Syrian armies in Sinai, the West Bank and the Golan Heights and they did it without
WMD's. Today, everyone in that region has them. However, the most important thing that
everyone in the region knows - including Israel, the threats have always been there and so has
America's allegiance [to Israel].
Lastly, the hate and disrespect towards Obama is even more blatantly obvious - more than ever
before. Oh and another important dismal fact is that "Bibi" did not have any solutions. I would
like to believe he had a positive motive for his actions, but only time will tell. Oh and speaking
of timing, his speech is right on time for Israeli elections, which is only weeks away.
|The other night while I was just getting out the shower, I heard the news on in the bedroom. I could hear Ed Schultz
talking. I am and am not a fan of The Ed Show but my spouse seems to think Ed is one of those must-watch political
news programs. I like Ed, but am now tired of some journalist's political opinions and although I was an avid political
junkie, I am just as tired as well as disgusted with America's politicians.
Nonetheless, I peak around the corner and look into the room where my spouse is sprawled across the bed. I looked at
the television screen …I was sick! I mean, sick! To myself I yelled, "Has those jerk wads lost their ever lovin'
I looked at the screen again as if I was looking at it again for the very first time. There on the screen was the headline
Senate Republicans send open letter Iran. After listening intently, I learned that forty-seven of our Senate Republicans
had sent a letter to the leaders or leader of Tehran about President Obama's plan/deal for diplomacy in the region. I
closed the door to the bathroom and finished preparing myself for bed all while, thinking what this could mean to America,
as people around the world are watching. No not this particular episode of the Ed Show, but through other news outlets,
they know about the contents of the letter. This is a sign of a very unhealthy America.
cracks in his eyes. Because I am usually the last to fall asleep, I usually
stay awake and watch prerecorded shows such as Mike and Molly,
Unsung and anything on ID, but this night was different. Usually after I
say my prayers, I get sleepy and able to sleep like a baby but my soul
would not allow me. (Of course, I did not allow myself/soul to rest.)
That night, I lay there thinking what the Republicans actions. I lay there
thinking how low they have gone and the hate they have for Obama.
Sheesh! They hate Obama more than they love America and they are
ALWAYS talking about their love for this Nation and how great it is!
I truly believe that these Republican Senators got the idea from Mitt Romney when he and Obama were debating during
the 2008 presidential campaign. At the time, Romney continued to say that Obama's foreign policy did not show our
allegiance Israel. Romney said that Benjamin Netanyahu told him that he felt ignored by Obama, signaling that due to
Obama the U.S./Israel relationship was failing.
Anyway, back to my thoughts of anger and disgust:
After getting into bed, I noticed that my spouse's eyes were closed so I rewound the box thingy, and intensely watched
and listened to Ed and his three guests. Only one of the guests thought the Republican Senators were equitable in sending
the following letter:
|I do not know why the Republican Senators thought it was a good idea but their actions prove that they are unhealthy for
America. Whose side are they on?
As it has been previously stated, it sounds as though those Republican Senators either really hate President Obama or
really love Iran. I just cannot help but question whose side they are one. Do they have any dignity for themselves…for
America? Why do they insist on publicly undermining America's leadership?
Their actions are disruptive and embarrassing, as they should have known that the United States and Iran could not have
made a final agreement amongst themselves. Instead, President Obama and the Iranian leaders would have to first meet
with China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom. Afterwards, it would be up to what is called the P5 to
talk FIRST and then CONSIDER signing a binding agreement. What Obama and the Iranian leaders were doing was
just talking and in those talks, they would have discussed a non-binding international arrangement and the letter make a
final agreement with the other P5 governments.
The actions of those Republican Senators should embarrass all of America, as the world is watching and talking.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, criticized the open letter saying the move showed "disintegration" in U.S.
politics. He went on to say that he was concerned about what he considered "back-stabbing" in the negotiation process.
He said that the international group, particularly the U.S., takes a harsher tone when the two sides get close to the end of
the talks. He said that the letter was ''a sign of the decay of political ethics in the American system", and he described as
laughable long-standing U.S. accusations of Iranian involvement in terrorism.
Khamenei went on to say, "Of course, I am worried. Every time we reach a stage where the end of the negotiations
is in sight, the tone of the other side, specifically the Americans, becomes harsher, coarser and tougher. This is
the nature of their tricks and deceptions."
The Republicans' letter was also criticized by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif saying, "We believe this letter has no
legal value and is indeed just a propaganda ploy. What's more, while the negotiations have not yet borne fruit
and there no agreement yet, pressure groups in the U.S. are so worried that they are using extraordinary
measures to prove that they, just like Netanyahu oppose any kind of agreement."
Obama responded to the letter stating, "It's somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make
common cause with the hard-liners in Iran. It's an unusual coalition. I think what we're going to focus on right
now is actually seeing whether we're going to get a deal or not. Once we do, if we do, we'll be able to make the
case to the American people, and I'm confident we'll be able to implement it."
Cotton responded to his critics, saying that the Republican officials who signed the letter simply wanted to make sure that
Iranian leaders understood the U.S. constitution. He said, "The point we're making to Iran's leaders — who, if you
talk to many of the Iran experts, will say they don't understand our Constitution — is that if Congress doesn't
approve a deal, Congress won't accept a deal. Now or in the future."
For days, I stayed angry with the Senators and then it finally went away. Well, I am still disgusted but what can I do? I
am just glad my anger has subsided (a bit) because anger and disgust often lead to violent actions and I am hardly a
violent objector. The actions of those sloppy forty-seven Republican Senators will create its own objectors with much
more power and resources.
After the open letter was sent, objectors turned to Twitter and other online social sites. Some of the comments were so
vile, that even my immodest mind had trouble reading them. Some posted links to sites in hopes to garner enough
signatures to try to fire the infamous forty-seven. Some even quoted the Logan Act saying that the Senators "committed
a treasonous offense when they decided to violate the Logan Act, a 1799 law which forbids unauthorized citizens from
negotiating with foreign governments." It was surprising to read so many comments mentioning the word "treason" which
is odd because that was the word I thought of too. However, a professor of the Constitutional Law at George
Washington University, Jerome Barron said although the letter was "disrespectful," he did not believe it was an act of
treason. Instead, professor Barron said, "They would make the argument the Logan Act doesn’t apply because they
are one of the three branches of government and although the they don’t have the major role of foreign
relations, they do, after all, as the senate, confirm treaties. It’s true this is an executive agreement, but they [the
Senate] have some role I suppose. I don’t think they’re in violation of the Logan Act."
However, I cannot help but wonder if Lieutenant Colonel Senator Joni Ernst broke the law when she signed the letter, as
she is bound by Iowa State Code of Military Justice.
Accordingly, Ernst could be in violation of Chapter 29B.85 of the Iowa State Code of Military Justice, and it reads as
|It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully
understand our constitutional system. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution —
the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should
seriously consider as negotiations progress.
First, under 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.
Second, the offices of our Constitution have different characteristics.
For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year
terms. As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in
office well beyond then — perhaps decades.
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.
We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity
as nuclear negotiations progress.
|29B.85 CONTEMPT TOWARD OFFICIALS.
Any person subject to this code who uses contemptuous words against the president, the governor, or the governor of
any other state, territory, commonwealth, or possession in which that person may be serving, shall be punished as a
court-martial may direct.
|In the federal armed services, this is handled under Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It reads as
|"Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the
Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or
legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a
court-martial may direct."
|But of course, nothing will come of any of this so I will just move on.
After a few more long hours and days being upset and disgusted, I wanted to learn just a little bit more about how the
letter came into fruition.
Arkansas Republican Senator, Thomas Cotton is the author of the letter. Senator Cotton had often boasted about being
titled the youngest member of the Senate but he stands to learn a lot from his matured counterparts. Well, perhaps I
misspoke because his ripened coworkers followed him as well as agreed with him that it was a good idea to sign the letter
he authored to Iran.
Cotton must have a lot of convincing-power and/or conniving power in his young years. He is the same youngster that
believes that "bombing makes us safer." Huh? If that were so, then ISIS would not be in existence today. With that
masochistic, twisted logic, then the US would become more known as the "bombing bullies" of the world and more
terrorist groups will form. Of course, Cotton just might be on to something. Just hours after his dishonorable authored
letter, he was the guest of honor at an event hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association, a lobbying and
professional group for defense contractors. Hence, he just made some money for he and his friends. I missed a lot of
sleep and was angry for days about this letter, but now, after giving it some thought, I just that I missed a very important
point. Yes, it was sent due to the hatred for Obama but also, because of the love of money. I just had to know and now
I know I was looking at it all wrong.
Cotton $700,000 for his Senate campaign. Yes, so that is why it makes so
much sense as to why he authored and sent the letter. It all makes
perfect sense. He is just one of the many of the most pro-Israel Senators
in office. Just last year, he wanted to be sure that Israel had enough B-
52s and bunker buster bombs for a possible strike against Iran. Now
imagine how much damage that can yield - especially with advanced
technology to insert lethal chemicals inside such a weapon. Cotton is no
fool, but another greedy politician with neither ethics nor morals.
Look, if you hate someone or something, then that is how you feel but there is no need to publicly chant the Klu Klux
Klan mantra: "Open up your heart and let that hate out."
I get it! I get it! The Republican Senate and Republican Congress love their Country more than they love the people that
allow them to keep their seats. I get that but it does not make sense for them to be a proven fool every time they open
When John Boehner talks about his love and devotion for this Country, he always cries and I know that those tears are
for the Country he believes let him down when they voted in a Black man for President of these divided States. I feel so
sorry for him. For Boehner that is, because the America he once knew, is no more. The majority voted for Obama twice
and that must stick in Boehner's side like a thousand thorns.
Unfortunately, Boehner and his Republican cronies are not the only ones that detest Obama. Nope! Even some of our
Democrats loath him but as stated, the America of old is no more. However, the likes of the detestable and disreputable
forty-seven and their constituents long for the former major earth partition, but hatred, greed and sickness has caused her
Their hatred for Obama continues and so does the hatred for America. The forty-seven Republican Senators made us
look stupid and hence the foreign violent radicals will see viable reason to continue their reign.
It was reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has used his speech to the U.S. Congress in his
campaign ad. Yeah, so it makes sense as to why he would accept Boehner's invitation; he is just as shoddy as his
warmongering friends in Congress are.