Despite outcry from the White House, Congressional Democrats and liberal news sources proclaiming 47 United States senators as traitors, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) not only didn’t send a letter to the Ayatollah Khamenei, no actual letter was ever sent to Iran.

The first term junior senator and Iraq War veteran posted “an open letter” addressed to “The Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” on his website to explain the limitations of an executive agreement entered into by any U.S. president with a foreign power.

The single page was signed by 46 other senators, nearly half the Senate, and amounted to little more than a 9th grade social studies unit.

The Obama administration has excluded the Senate from its talks with Iran as part of the P5+1 alliance’s effort to secure limits on its nuclear development program. The alliance consists of the five permanent countries on the Security Council of the United Nations – China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, and Germany.

Recent reports from Western officials indicate that the talks have reached a sticking point as to the number of centrifuges Iran would be allowed to retain and operate under an accord.

The radical Islamic nation claims its nuclear program is intended only for “peaceful” purposes.

The White House and its supporters do not so much disagree with the content of the letter, but see the move in varying degrees from a breach of protocol to mutinous.

Some have even suggested Cotton’s post is a violation of the Logan Act prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments, although it is notably lacking in any language that might be interpreted as negotiation.

Secretary of State John Kerry called the open letter “unprecedented and unconstitutional,” claiming it was “deliberately calculated to directly interfere with these negotiations.”

The Secretary has apparently forgotten his trip to Nicaragua in 1985 to meet with dictator, Daniel Ortega. The Associated Press reported then-Senator Kerry’s explanation for the visit was that the Reagan administration was “funding terrorism to overthrow the government.”

Unlike Kerry’s open undermining of President Reagan’s policy in foreign relations, Cotton’s letter merely lays out the practical effect of the executive agreement Obama is seeking with Iran.

Cotton begins by noting Iran's probable unfamiliarity with the American system of constitutional governance, and points out that such an agreement would be between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei, not the United States and the Republic of Iran.

“The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen,” Cotton explains. In other words, what this president does extra-constitutionally, the next president can undo in the same way.


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