WASHINGTON, D.C. – Politics is a dirty game that can get very childish. With personalities clashing and words cross-firing between Democrats and Republicans, another round continues. This time over a lousy letter.
White House press secretary, Josh Earnest said, “There are a long list of reasons why this letter was the wrong thing to do. This — it does come at an inappropriate time.”
This week, 47 Republicans from Congress sent a letter to the leaders of Iran, hoping to keep what they consider to be a bad nuclear deal from being negotiated with President Obama.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “Either these Senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the Commander-in-Chief in the midst of high stakes international diplomacy. Either answer does discredit to the letter’s signatories.”
“Unfortunately President Obama has repeatedly defied the law and defied the Constitution. And this Iran deal I believe is a historic mistake,” said Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
However, some Republicans agree sending the open letter to Iran may not have been a good idea after all.
The whole point of the negotiation is to prevent Iran from using a nuclear bomb. Some legislators claim whatever terms President Obama and Iran agree to could be reversed after Obama leaves office.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls the letter a sign of “collapse of political ethics” in the United States.
Democrats believe sending such a letter violates the Logan Act, which prohibits anyone but the president, or someone the chief executive officer designates from negotiating foreign affairs with countries who have disputes with the U.S. The act has never been used to prosecute a violator, nor has the act been seriously looked into for a couple hundred years.
Just like any coin, every story has to have two sides.