“Joe Biden, as Barack Obama’s own secretary of defense has said, has been wrong about nearly every major foreign policy and national security decision in the last 40 years,” — Tom Cotton on Morning Joe on MSNBC.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) went behind enemy lines on Tuesday morning to discuss foreign policy with the Joe Scarborough and a few other panelists on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. The consensus from the group was that they did not like this letter that the majority of GOP Senators just delivered to Iran, because they felt it undercut President Obama’s negotiations with Iran. Cotton defended himself by simply stating that he was only doing the same thing that Joe Biden did many times as a Senator himself – demand that the President respect the authority of the Senate when it comes to securing a treaty with a foreign power.
He went further to say that many in Iran’s leadership don’t understand our Constitution and may actually believe that any deal they strike with President Obama will become American law and standard. That is far from right though, because for a treaty to become law it must be ratified by the Senate first.
So, if President Obama completes a treaty with Iran that the Senate decides not to ratify, the treaty itself then become null once a new President takes office. It would behoove Iran to know that going into negotiations… no?
I think on balance Senator Cotton acquitted himself nicely in front of a “hostile” crowd. The fact is that there is plenty of precedent for something like this, and all of the Democrat’s (and the media’s) bluff and bluster is simply hyperbole and faux-indignation. This letter was just politics as usual…