Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard something about an open letter that 47 Republican Senators sent to Iran today basically saying that any nuclear deal that Iran signs with President Obama may not last past the Obama administration. And, liberals heads exploded across the country. Among those exploding heads was U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Schoolyard) who took to Twitter to personally attack Republican U.S. Senator (and decorated war veteran) Tom Cotton, calling him Tehran Tom. See the tweet below.
Why is it that liberals so frequently lob personal attacks and resort to name calling when frustrated? The letter was actually fairly clever in that it explained our constitutional process to the Iranians. The letter, signed by 47 U.S. Senators, including Sen. Gardner, noted that any international treaty must be ratified by a two-thirds majority in the U.S. Senate. That might be a problem for Iran – see, 47 is more than one third of the U.S. Senate.
But, what was more interesting was the shrill claims that liberals made about how unfair it was for Republicans to muck up the negotiations process – “we would never, ever do that,” they shrieked. According to Breitbart, even Vice President Biden weighed in:
“Vice President Joe Biden said that the Republican letter was “beneath the dignity of an institution I revere….”
We’re not sure that the Vice President should be lecturing people on dignity, but we digress. Even embattled Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet called the letter “completely counterproductive”. The real problem with the Democrats’ complaints is that, in fact, Democrats have undercut U.S. foreign policy in the past on many occasions. Breitbart was kind enough to compile a list. Here’s a quick rundown, if you’ve stuck with us this far:
- 1975: Senators John Sparkman (D-AL) and George McGovern (D-SD) visited Cuba and met with government officials.
- 1983: Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) sent emissaries to Russia to convey that he would quash Reagan’s anti-Soviet foreign policy if the Soviets would help Kennedy in his campaign against Reagan in 1984. Not only does that undercut foreign policy, but also Kennedy was asking the Soviets to support his campaign? [email protected]$%?
- 1984,1987: House Speaker Jim Wright (D-TX) continued to negotiate with Nicaragua, completely going around the White House.
- 1985: U.S. Sen. John Kerry negotiated directly with the Sandanistas in Nicaragua himself, again leaving the White House in the cold. Karma is a bitch, isn’t it?
- 2002: Representatives Jim McDermott (D-WA), David Bonior (D-MI), and Mike Thompson (D-CA) traveled to Baghdad to help make the pro-Saddam Hussein case.
- 2002: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) told Chris Wallace that he “took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq.”
- 2007: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) visited Syrian dictator Bashar Assad where, as the New York Times reported, they discussed situations in Iraq and Lebanon as well as peace talks between Syria and Israel.