367 Traitors: Majority of U.S. House signs letter to Obama warning of opposition to Iran deal

posted at 3:21 pm on March 23, 2015 by Noah Rothman

For liberals, opposition to Republicans is as much about defending President Barack Obama’s honor as it is in opposing the GOP’s policies. The left’s antipathy toward the GOP is shared by many in the political press, which spent the better part of the last two months defending the president’s patriotism, his devotion to the Christian faith, and examining the basis for charging 47 Republican senators with violating the Logan Act. The president’s good name, not his policies, moves the left to rise to his defense.

It was this impulse that inspired the Democratic base and their allies in the media to embrace the logic behind the asinine “47 traitors” campaign. This month, the left’s most historically illiterate supporters claimed that the decision by these senators to send an open letter to Tehran reminding them (and the administration) of their constitutional role in ratifying international agreements was met with disproportionate condemnation from the left. Those who did not irrationally insist that this maneuver amounted to treason against the United States insisted that it was historically unprecedented. Neither was true, and this tantrum said more about the left than it did Republicans.

It seems like those liberals who gnashed their teeth over the Senate GOP’s impertinence will have many more lawmakers to attack for their sedition. On Monday, a massive, veto-proof majority of the U.S. House of Representatives signed an open letter addressed to the president warning that their consent will be required for any nuclear deal the administration secures with Iran.

Via CNN:

The letter, which was signed by 367 members of the House and released Monday by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, follows a similar one, issued to Iran’s leaders and signed by 47 Republican senators, warning that any deal with Iran could be rolled back by a future president.

That letter sparked fierce criticism from Democrats, who said it was inappropriate meddling in delicate diplomatic talks and meant to undermine negotiations, and even some Republicans expressed reservations over the tactic.

The House letter lays out lawmakers’ concerns in more diplomatic terms, hitting on the potential time restraints as a key sticking point for a final deal. The emerging deal would lift some restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in a decade, which critics say could allow the country to resume its pursuit of a nuclear bomb at that point.

The lawmakers’ letter does not focus on the constitutional necessity of the upper chamber’s ratification of international treaty, as the Senate GOP’s letter did. Instead, the House version dwells on the fact that the Congress has had a significant role in constraining Iran’s path to a bomb in the past, and they will not be sidelined by this administration merely due to its myopic obsession with securing a legacy achievement for Obama before his second term in the White House expires.

The United States has had a longstanding interest in preventing Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability. Over the last twenty years, Congress has passed numerous pieces of legislation imposing sanctions on Iran to prevent that outcome, ultimately forcing Iran into negotiations. Should an agreement with Iran be reached, permanent sanctions relief from congressionally-mandated sanctions would require new legislation. In reviewing such an agreement, Congress must be convinced that its terms foreclose any pathway to a bomb, and only then will Congress be able to consider permanent sanctions relief.

Resolving the nuclear crisis with Iran remains of grave importance to our nation’s security. As the Administration continues to negotiate with Iran, we are prepared to evaluate any agreement to determine its long-term impact on the United States and our allies. We remain hopeful that a diplomatic solution preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon may yet be reached, and we want to work with you to assure such a result.

If you’re keeping track, we’re now up to 414 of the 535 members of Congress whom the left would consider traitorous rebels merely because they oppose the president’s approach to nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic. The left should ask itself why it is increasingly surrounded by enemies on all sides, even among members of its own political coalition. Liberals would be equally well-served if they were to consider that it might be the president rather than the vast majority of the American Congress that is jeopardizing American national interests.


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Worse still, they didn’t avoid the letters “B”, “O”, and or “Y”.

rogerb on March 23, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Sort of like the voting on Obama’s budgets.

Tater Salad on March 23, 2015 at 3:26 PM

If you’re keeping track, we’re now up to 414 of the 535 members of Congress whom the left would consider traitorous rebels merely because they oppose the president’s approach to nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic.

Obama: 77% of Congress is wrong. I won.

Oil Can on March 23, 2015 at 3:28 PM

I love it.

The words “traitor” and “racism” are so prominent now :)

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Smackdown.

22044 on March 23, 2015 at 3:29 PM

“You side with the Ayatollahs?” — obama, who’s been corresponding with them since 2008, ahead of winning the election.

Our times are weird.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2015 at 3:29 PM

ISO, check
Iran, check

Name one other obama/Hillary/Kerry foreign policy success, I triple dare you.

Yes, crickets!

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Fictional TV presidents more popular than Obama: Reuters-Ipsos poll

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2015 at 3:33 PM

The letter, which was signed by 367 members of the House

47 traitors” campaign.

If you’re keeping score at home, they need 290 to impeach, and 67 to convict.

Emperor Norton on March 23, 2015 at 3:35 PM

Iran will get the Obamabomb before he leaves office in Jan 2017.

meci on March 23, 2015 at 3:35 PM

I love how both Gene Green and Al Green both signed with Green pens.

Psycotte on March 23, 2015 at 3:35 PM

In before weedisgood and Tlaloc tell us why everybody hates the left.

Meremortal on March 23, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Interesting…Elijah Cummings, Steny Hoyet, Charlie Rangel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz signed it. Nanzi did not

NoFanofLibs on March 23, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Headline, March 24 NYT:
“414 members of Congress declare themselves intolerant racists; decent folk everywhere shocked and appalled”.

orangemtl on March 23, 2015 at 3:39 PM

In before weedisgood and Tlaloc tell us why everybody hates the left.

Meremortal on March 23, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Or corona79

22044 on March 23, 2015 at 3:41 PM

they need 290 to impeach,

What’s that? They only need a majority of those present and voting in the House, which is either a majority of 218, or a little less?

Well, that’s different.

Let’s do it.

Emperor Norton on March 23, 2015 at 3:43 PM

This is treasonous because it provides aid and comfort to Iran!!

So sayeth our liberal/progressive whatever the hell they call themselves.

Meanwhile, commander in chief Obama is using American aircraft to support Iranian Quds forces operating in Iraq.

I would suggest that action is providing far more aid and comfort to Iran than a couple of letters.

Is that treason?

Hmm?

SteveMG on March 23, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Oh my. The boy king is not going to like this.

Kataklysmic on March 23, 2015 at 3:52 PM

How many real traitors are in the White House….?

d1carter on March 23, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Ayatollah Khameini had North Carolina over Villanova, too.

profitsbeard on March 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Name one other obama/Hillary/Kerry foreign policy success, I triple dare you.

Yes, crickets!

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2015 at 3:31 PM

From Ace…

You can’t spell “Obama success story” without “succ.”

Pelosi Schmelosi on March 23, 2015 at 4:07 PM

“414 members of Congress declare themselves intolerant racists; decent folk everywhere shocked and appalled”.

orangemtl on March 23, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Ironically, some of those 414 are actually intolerant racists.

Ramadahl on March 23, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Interesting…Elijah Cummings, Steny Hoyer, Charlie Rangel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz signed it. Nanzi did not

NoFanofLibs on March 23, 2015 at 3:38 PM

.
As did Gerald “I Need a Protection Detail” Connolly and Sheila Jackson Lee… WTF? Not James Clyburn, though.

ExpressoBold on March 23, 2015 at 4:16 PM

Standing with the Muslims.

Promise kept.

BobMbx on March 23, 2015 at 4:19 PM

Ironically, some of those 414 are actually intolerant racists.

Ramadahl on March 23, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Really? CBC members and other Democrats signed the letter?

22044 on March 23, 2015 at 4:19 PM

Interesting…Elijah Cummings, Steny Hoyet, Charlie Rangel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz signed it. Nanzi did not

NoFanofLibs on March 23, 2015 at 3:38 PM

Heh – this answers my question somewhat. :)

22044 on March 23, 2015 at 4:20 PM

The left should ask itself why it is increasingly surrounded by enemies on all sides

The country it hated, it became.

cbenoistd on March 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM

So if my math is right, 120 are dems. That’s quite a diversity of traitors.

dorkintheroad on March 23, 2015 at 4:26 PM

President Stompy Foot is going to have a cow over this.

rbj on March 23, 2015 at 4:26 PM

That’s 414/535 members of Congress who need to be prosecuted according to the Logan act.

Get on it liberals.

nobar on March 23, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Boy… today is a really bad day for the resident trolls… only saw Tlaloc make some half baked comment on one thread. No good news for them.

President Petulance continues with his flatulence, which grieves their obeisance.

Neitherleftorright on March 23, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Neitherleftorright on March 23, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Seriously.

I wake up today and first it’s Starbuck’s CEO getting a smack down, then Ted Cruz announces a run for it, then SCOTUS upholds voter ID law in Wisconsin, and now this.

What? Is the world going crazy?

Cleombrotus on March 23, 2015 at 5:17 PM

Do you suppose Obama and his leftist cabal would consider my extended middle finger a “micro-aggression,” “homophobic,” “xenophobic” or just “racist?” In any case, “the bird” is the only fitting response to the “47 traitors” drivel, and to Barack the Liar’s treasonous treaty with the devil. So here’s to you, folks. Enjoy!

MadVlad on March 23, 2015 at 6:01 PM

If you’re keeping track, we’re now up to 414 of the 535 members of Congress whom the left would consider traitorous rebels merely because they oppose the president’s approach to nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic.

Even using Socialist Math, that means many Dems are among the RACIST traitorous rebels.

farsighted on March 23, 2015 at 6:27 PM