You may have heard that 47 Republican senators sent an open letter to Iran saying many of them would remain in office long after Obama’s second term was over, meaning any deal reached between the U.S. and Iran could be easily reversed by the next president.
Comedian Andy Borowitz says Iran is now offering to mediate talks between the congressional Republicans and President Obama because
….their continuing hostilities are a threat to world peace.
[Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei] said that his nation was the “logical choice” to jumpstart negotiations between Obama and the Republicans because “it has become clear that both sides currently talk more to Iran than to each other.”
In fact, according to the New York Times,
[Khamenei] said the letter warning that any nuclear deal could be scrapped by a new president was “a sign of a decline in political ethics and the destruction of the American establishment from within.
According to the Daily Beast,
Republican aides were taken aback by the response to what what they thought was a lighthearted attempt to signal to Iran and the public that Congress should have a role in the ongoing nuclear discussions. Two GOP aides separately described their letter as a “cheeky” reminder of the congressional branch’s prerogatives.
“The administration has no sense of humor when it comes to how weakly they have been handling these negotiations,” said a top GOP Senate aide.
Senator John McCain thinks the Senators who signed might have been too hasty,
It was kind of a very rapid process. Everybody was looking forward to getting out of town because of the snowstorm. I think we probably should have had more discussion about it, given the blowback that there is.
Democracy in action. Not always a pretty sight, and maybe not an inspiration for others to follow our example?
I’m afraid “a bunch of clowns” is the term that comes to my mind. Do you think I’m being too uncharitable?
March 13, 2015