Sign the Care2 petition below demanding the Republican Party stop trying to sabotage the President by derailing critical diplomatic talks with Iran.
OccupyDemocrats reports: “In an unprecedented and treasonous move, 47 Republican Senators have sent a warning to Iran’s leaders via an open letter, signed by politicians such as Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, cautioning that if Iran dares to make a deal with President Obama promising not to develop a nuclear weapon, the deal would be worthless after Obama leaves the White House and Republicans can sabotage it.
You might be asking yourself, since when do Republicans like nuclear weapons? It seems strange that our conservative political party would try to sabotage such an agreement. Previously, Republicans such as Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were not only open to negotiations regarding nuclear weapons, but they signed off on those agreements. Adding insult to injury, Republicans have spent the last few years scaremongering about Iran’s “nuclear threat”, but now that Pres. Obama is about to get them to sign an agreement to stop them from developing nuclear capability, they are hellbent on sabotaging it.
Well, it seems that Republicans just aren’t thinking clearly nowadays. Noam Chomsky, a respected political commentator, philosopher, and professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pretty much summed the Republican party up in a recent interview with Democracy Now:
“For the Republicans in Congress, there’s another interest—namely, to undermine anything that Obama, you know, the entity Christ, might try to do. Their goal for the last years has simply been to undermine anything that Obama might do, in an effort to regain power and serve their primary constituency, which is the very wealthy and the corporate sector.”
The petition’s author, Nathan Empsall, writes:
“On Monday, 47 Republican senators sent a letter to Iran’s leaders. Their goal was to undermine President Obama and disrupt sensitive negotiations between seven world leaders – a move that embarrasses the nation and risks war.
The Republicans basically told Iran that America’s head of state does not have the authority to negotiate. This is unconstitutional, nearly unprecedented, and a possible violation of the Logan Act. The move is so outrageous and dangerous even the Republican Senate Foreign Relations chairman refused to sign.
For years, Congressional Republicans have opposed anything Barack Obama supports, even policies they originally proposed themselves. Their Senate leader flat-out said they would rather block policies that help the country than make the president look bipartisan. But this politics-before-country attitude was domestic only, until now.
The U.S. has just one foreign policy and one relationship with any given foreign nation. There is not one congressional relationship with Iran and a separate presidential one. But by first scheduling a visit from a foreign leader without the Dept. of State and now directly conversing with Iranian leaders, Republicans are, as the Washington Post said, acting like Barack Obama isn’t even president.
Peace is the ultimate goal. But the Republican Party has become so unhinged, it will even risk war with Iran to make Barack Obama look bad. We as a country can tolerate this extremism no longer.”