The now infamous letter to Iran sent by 47 Republican senators has been, in my opinion, one of the best displays of how shortsighted and small-minded conservative ideology really is. All these senators seemed to have in mind was trying to “top” the disrespect that was shown when John Boehner bypassed the president and invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak in front of Congress.
While both House and Senate Republicans clearly are trying to sabotage the president’s negotiations with Iran, neither one of these childish groups of supposed adults seemed to realize that their actions really did nothing more than embarrass themselves and this country by putting petty partisan politics out there for all the world to see.
Basically, all Republicans did was make absolute fools out of themselves.
Well, during an interview with Vice scheduled to be released on Monday, President Obama didn’t hold back when he said that he felt sorry for the GOP after they completely embarrassed themselves internationally.
“I’m embarrassed for them. For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah, who they claim is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument is ‘don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement,'” Obama said. “That’s close to unprecedented.”
There’s really no other way to say it – this letter has been an absolute disaster. By sending it, all Republicans really did was:
- Make the United States look weak internationally by publicly showing off the dysfunction in our government.
- Prove that they don’t understand how international treaties work.
- Give a weapon for Iranian extremists to use as an example for why they shouldn’t trust the U.S. government – because 47 senators from that government basically said they shouldn’t.
- Embarrass their own party by making themselves look immature and unstable.
It’s one thing for Republicans to play these kinds of childish games here at home when it comes to our own policies, but for them to have taken it to this level, weakening the United States on an international level, I don’t hesitate when I say that I fully believe this letter was treasonous.
This letter not only tried to undermine international negotiations being conducted by the President of the United States and several of our allies, but it weakened us internationally and provided propaganda to those who oppose us. And it’s not just the fact that they sent this letter, but the context of what was written. This wasn’t an attempt to offer an alternate solution to the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, it was a letter to Iranian leaders essentially saying that our government is not to be trusted and they should ignore any promise this president makes to them.
So, to those who support this letter, what would you call it when members of our own government not only try to sabotage our president, but also weaken us internationally while providing tools for our enemies to use against us?
Because that sure as hell isn’t patriotism.
Watch part of President Obama’s comments below via VICE:
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