WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 — The Obama administration is stewing over an open letter sent to the terrorist, anti-Semitic regime in Iran by 47 Republican senators. The administration’s supporters, like the Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor, described the letter as “farcically condescending in word and tone.”
So, why are the American left and its mainstream media amen corner so upset? Because one sentence in the letter is applicable to both President Obama and Iran’s ruling mullahs: “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system… Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement.”
The Senate missive ends, “We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.”
It was a clear signal that in post-constitutional America – with its dictatorial health care mandates, its bureaucratic regulations stripping us of our Second Amendment right to bear arms, and its executive amnesty that ignores the power of Congress – the founding document still resonates in the chaotic world bequeathed to us by malignant, radical Obamaism and Islamism.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, just like other Obama administration supporters, dismissed the letter as “mostly a propaganda ploy” and accused the majority of Senate Republicans of yielding to “pressure groups” (left and radical Islamic-speak for “dirty Jews”) who, “just like [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu oppose any kind of agreement.”
Zarif just provided much needed clarity. The regimes in Tehran and Washington are openly contemptuous of a constitutional system designed to stop authoritarian fanatics from ever wielding absolute power. On that single issue, Obama has found common cause with Iran’s supreme leader.
The administration’s intellectual powerhouse, Vice President Joe Biden, defended his boss’s treaty talks. “Without diplomacy or increased pressure,” said Biden, “the need to resort to military force becomes much more likely – at a time when our forces are already engaged in the fight against ISIS.”
The fight against ISIS?
About 1,600 U.S. military advisers are currently aiding the Iraqi military in its fight against ISIS, or about 1 percent of Americans stationed in Iraq in 2008, none of whom is directly involved in combat.
So, if Iran reneges on provisions in a nuclear deal reached with Obama, how many of the 1,600 U.S. military advisers will be siphoned off to fight a nuclear-armed Iran?
“Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good,” said E.M. Forster. “They must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient.”
The writers, Republicans, seem to have developed a sudden interest in their role as members of an opposition party and stewards of the Constitution, a role that requires a strong spine regarding questions concerning the rule of law.
The recipients, Obama and Iran, can be relied upon to continue their quest to erode and undermine, at home and abroad, the “blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”