The Republican Letter To Iran: An Embarrassment for the GOP, A Weapon for Iranian Extremists

john-mccain-2I’ve often accused Republicans (and conservatives in general) of lacking the ability to think “big picture.” Nearly everything with them is short-sighted, simplistic and requires almost instant gratification. Their entire political ideology is basically predicated on fear, paranoia, anger and talking points that are easily repeatable.

The now infamous “Iran letter” that 47 Republican senators sent to Iranian leaders is a prime example of this. In their minds, they saw this as a way to “get at” President Obama and try to perpetuate this notion that they are the ones in power. And it was also a blatant attempt to try to sabotage the ongoing negotiations between the Obama administration, several of our allies and the Iranian government.

In my opinion, the actions by the GOP have been tantamount to treason.

Sadly for Republicans, this has all backfired on them in ways they obviously didn’t bother thinking about before they collectively stuck their foot in their mouth.

The first thing it did was that it allowed Iranian officials to publicly school the GOP on how international treaties work. Not only that, but Republicans just came off looking incredibly childish sending this letter following Netanyahu’s speech. Other world leaders understand the political dynamics over here, meaning they’re well aware of what it is this president has had to deal with when it comes to the GOP. In the grand scheme of things, this came off as Republicans trying to purposely embarrass the president of the country they’re supposed to love on an international stage in nothing more than some immature stunt.

Even just days after it was sent, there are several rumblings emanating from the ranks of the GOP that they’re realizing this letter was a mistake.

In other words, this entire situation is spiraling into nothing but an absolute embarrassment for the Republican party. Some Republicans are already publicly regretting signing it, and John McCain even blamed his dumb decision to sign it on the impending snowstorm and “looking forward to getting out of town.”

But this letter also gave Iranian extremists – their hardliners who also despise President Obama and the U.S. government – a weapon to use against the leaders in their country who are engaging in these negotiations.

These folks are essentially the Iranian versions of Republicans. They don’t trust this deal, nor do they want to see it succeed – sound familiar? They’ll use anything they can to stir up fear and support for their fierce opposition to the already fragile talks going on between Iran, the U.S. and several of our allies. They are looking for any reason to stand up and say, “See! The U.S. cannot be trusted!”

And Republicans just handed them one on a silver platter. 

This letter was exactly the kind of “weapon” Iranian extremist leaders needed to help them gain support within the Muslim nation to build on their anti-American propaganda – and 47 Republican senators were more than willing to give it to them.

The stupidity of Republicans is astounding. In one letter, supported by the vast majority of Republicans in the United States Senate, they:

  • Managed to embarrass the U.S. by putting our petty, partisan politics on an international stage.
  • Completely humiliated themselves with their childish behavior and ignorance about international treaties.
  • Provided a great weapon to extremist groups in Iran who are extremely anti-American and want their country to develop nuclear weapons.

So, to summarize: Republicans embarrassed this country, themselves and provided extremist groups in Iran with an official document from nearly half our senators verifying what they have been saying all along; that is, the Iranian government shouldn’t trust the United States.

Good job Republicans, good job.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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