Tom Cotton (R-AR), the Senator who brazenly wrote a letter to the Iranian government signed by forty-six of his fellow treasonous colleagues has no regrets after drafting an historic slap in the face of diplomacy. Always the fear-mongering war hawk,
During the 2014 campaign he told voters that the Islamic State was working with Mexican drug cartels and would soon be coming to attack Arkansas.
If Netanyahu got anyone's belligerent juices flowing, it's the Arkansas Republican. Megyn Kelly tried her best to understand why he needed to take such unorthodox measures by directly contacting the Iranian Government. Even The Wall Street Journal called him out on his brazen act. Obviously, it was an attempt to kowtow to the much revered Bibi Netanyahu, who he holds in higher esteem than our own president. (pssst Bibi is white).
But what's the point in writing to the Iranian Mullahs? I mean, ya know, they dismissed it already, whatever, you've offended the Obama Administration, and you may have offended some of the Democrats who would have come over with the Republicans depending on what happens with this deal to have a stronger say in the Senate.
Cotton patronizingly explains,
Megyn, if you talk to most Iran experts, they'll tell you that Iran's leaders don't understand our constitutional system. In fact, President Obama has said the president -- the Congress should not weigh in on this deal right now, even with future conditional sanctions, in part because it would confuse Iran's leadership.
So, we need to be crystal clear with the leaders of Iran. Any deal that's not approved by Congress won't be accepted by Congress. Not now, and certainly not in the future. Because Congress is focused on stopping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, today, tomorrow, and 10 years from now.
What do you say to those who say, you -- at a minimum, you've now alienated the Democrats, and that the -- the Republicans who you may need if you want to push through a sanctions package later on?
Megyn, this is not about partisan politics, this is about stopping Iran from getting a bomb.
Right. But --but -- but don't you need --
I, too -- I, too, want to see -
the Democrats if you want to do something contrary to what President Obama wants?
I, too, want to see the bipartisan legislation pass that we've worked on in my committee, and that Senator Corker is working on in his committee. The president is the one who's weighing in the separation of powers, not a partisan matter, but a constitutional issue, and putting so much pressure on Democrats who share our viewpoint, regardless whether they sponsor a letter or signed a letter or sponsored legislation, the president doesn't want them to speak out and share their views that Iran cannot be allowed to get a nuclear weapon.
you can make the case that President Obama has exceed his executive authority, right? I mean, many Republicans are making that case on many issues from immigration to ObamaCare right now. But discouraging the Democrats in the Senate from saying bad things about his deal isn't exactly an interference of separation of powers.
We're -- we're encouraging the Democrats to join us, to protect Congress' constitutional responsibilities. The Founding Fathers insisted that Congress have the power to ensure that no president, whoever he or she may be, can make a binding international agreement, especially one about nuclear weapons, with the world's worst state sponsor of terrorism.
What do you make of the fact that Joe Biden came out, the vice president said, this is beneath the dignity of an institution he reveres. He said he's offended by this. He says, you -- "it's designed to undercut a sitting president in the midst of sensitive international negotiations" and he went on to say he "cannot recall another instance in which senators have done this."
For 36 years Joe Biden was a senator. He often weighed in, very eloquently, in defense of the Senate's prerogatives in protecting the United States from a bad deal. Now, I'm disappointed that senator -- or that Vice President Biden has changed this tune now that he's vice president. But his focus on the process just goes to show that he knows he can't defend the deal. But if he would like to defend the deal, I'd be happy to debate Vice President Biden one on one, anytime, the place of his choosing, maybe right here on your show, Megyn.
She tried to get him to see that his act was beyond the pale, but to no avail. He is steadfast in his pronouncement that Congress now conducts international negotiations.
Do you think they're going to write you back?
Well, Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, responded, and in his response, his ignorance of the American Constitution demonstrated the need for the letter to begin with.
Did it start like, "Dear Tom, Hi! Thanks for your letter. Great catching up. By the way, forget everything you said, I'm talking to President Obama."
Tom Cotton who is heavily invested in defense contracting corporations is doing precisely what Eisenhower warned us NOT TO DO. He is letting them set the policy, which will in turn, keep us in a perpetual state of war where the children of the poor go out and fight for the billionaires to make more money. It's disgusting. Cotton is an appallingly awful excuse for a human being.
I want to know who these Iran "experts" are that he's speaking of. Are they the defense contractors? The nickname assigned to him by Representative Jared Polis of Colorado (D) is "Tehran Tom" and it sure as hell fits him to a "T."