In this video, President Obama candidly admits that he is “embarrassed” for the 47 Republican Senators who penned a letter to Iran’s leadership in a horrifically failed attempt to “educate” them about our Constitution and, of course, to inform them that they would work to sabotage and/or undo any deal they made with the President.
In an interview with Vice News, President Obama elaborated on his previous musings regarding the letter. “I’m embarrassed for them,” the President said. “For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah, who they claim is our mortal enemy.”
“And their basic argument to them is ‘Don’t deal with our president cause you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement,'” the President continued. “That’s close to unprecedented.”
“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the Republicans’ letter read. “Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement. 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.”
Iran’s leadership issued a response, humiliating their constitution-loving friends in the West.
“I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law,” Foreign Minister Dr. David Zarif replied. “The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfil the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligations.”
“I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with the stroke of a pen, as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law,” Zarif said.
President Obama seems content to simply allow the public to bask in the sheer ignorance these Senators demonstrated in their unauthorized and illegal interference with the President’s negotiations with Iran, but the public is asking him to do more than plant his palm firmly in his face.
Nearly 300,000 Americans have signed a petition demanding that these 47 traitors be charged with a felony under the Logan Act:
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
In less than 24 hours, the petition accumulated enough signatures to require a White House response — one that should, at minimum, be interesting.
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