VP Joe Biden has spoken out forcefully against the 47 Republicans who took it upon themselves, with no constitutional authority to meddle and attempt to undermine the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.
I served in the United States Senate for thirty-six years. I believe deeply in its traditions, in its value as an institution, and in its indispensable constitutional role in the conduct of our foreign policy. The letter sent on March 9th by forty-seven Republican Senators to the Islamic Republic of Iran, expressly designed to undercut a sitting President in the midst of sensitive international negotiations, is beneath the dignity of an institution I revere.
This letter, in the guise of a constitutional lesson, ignores two centuries of precedent and threatens to undermine the ability of any future American President, whether Democrat or Republican, to negotiate with other nations on behalf of the United States. Honorable people can disagree over policy. But this is no way to make America safer or stronger.
Read the whole thing.
While you are at it, read the response to the 47 shameless and dangerous ones from Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif.
Zarif expressed astonishment that some members of US Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country against their own President and administration. He pointed out that from reading the open letter, it seems that the authors not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution when it comes to presidential powers in the conduct of foreign policy.
Foreign Minister Zarif added that "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. 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.
The Iranian Foreign Minister added that "Change of administration does not in any way relieve the next administration from international obligations undertaken by its predecessor in a possible agreement about Iran`s peaceful nuclear program." He continued "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.
Thought I should link to Teheran:
Zarif to U.S. senators: You are ignorant of international law
TEHRAN - The Iranian foreign minister on Monday reacted to an open letter to Iran's leaders by 47 U.S. Republican senators who had warned Tehran that any nuclear deal that the Islamic Republic signs with President Barack Obama's administration won't last after Obama leaves office.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said the letter lacks "legal validity" and shows that the signatories of the letter are "ignorant of international law"
"In our view this letter has no legal validity and is just a propaganda scheme," Zarif noted.
Zarif said it is surprising that while nuclear talks have not reached a result yet pressure groups in the U.S. have become so "worried" that they have resorted to any "unconventional way" to kill it
The letter proved that "like" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu these senators "are opposed to any deal".
Expressing surprise on how it is possible that the legislators of a country write a letter against their own president and government to the leaders of another country, Zarif said, "The letter by the senators show that not only they are alien to international law but even not familiar with the details of the their own constitution about the authority of the president" in implementing foreign agreements.
So an Iranian has to school Repubs on their job definitions.
On the heels of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's all-but GOP-sanctioned address to Congress last week, in which he torpedoed any potential nuclear deal with Iran, 47 Republican senators released an open letter Monday morning threatening that any such deal could be revoked sooner rather than later. With the partisan rancor over the ongoing negotiations at an all-time high, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) slammed the GOP letter, calling it a "hard slap in the face of not only the United States but our allies."
Reid pulled no punches in condemning what he sees as naked partisanship and "dislike of the president so intense" that Republican leaders are willing to disrupt policymaking. "The judgment of my Republican colleagues seems to be clouded by their abhorrence of President Obama," Reid said. "It's unprecedented for one political party to directly intervene in an international negotiation with the sole goal of embarrassing the president of the United States."