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Alan Keyes: Senators' Iran Letter Was 'Imprudent'

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 08:56 PM

An open letter contradicting official U.S. foreign policy toward Iran was ill-advised for the 47 senators who signed it, but not treasonous, and President Barack Obama shares blame for the internal conflict because he is failing to protect American interests abroad, says former U.S. ambassador Alan Keyes.

"Nothing treasonous about it, but it is imprudent because it plays into the hands of people in the world who want to see America as divided," Keyes told "MidPoint" guest host John Bachman on Newsmax TV Tuesday. "And when we speak with a divided voice, we are weakened."

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Written by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and co-signed by 46 other GOP senators, the letter to Iran's leaders says that any nuclear nonproliferation deal they sign now could be voted down by the Senate or overturned by the next president.

The White House and other Democrats blasted the missive, calling it a disruptive partisan ploy in the middle of difficult negotiations, and a gift to Iranian hardliners who want nuclear negotiations to fail.

A handful of Republican senators also declined to lend their signatures.

Critics of the emerging U.S.-brokered deal say it will not stop Iran, a known state sponsor of terrorism, from developing nuclear weapons. Keyes said the 47 senators were stepping into a leadership vacuum left by Obama, and signaling a resolve to America's enemies that this president does not project.

Keyes said "feckless" Republican congressional leaders are also at fault for the foreign-policy rift because they have enabled Obama's constitutional excesses, and have not used their powers to rein him in.

If they did, "then these extraordinary kind of gestures wouldn't be needed," Keyes said of the senators' letter to Iran.

The Senate "has been conducting business as usual," he said, "approving people for high positions in defense and law enforcement … just like there was no lawlessness and we were dealing with a regular administration."

Keyes said the top Republicans in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, "have sold out their constituents … so they could work hand-in-glove with Barack Obama in ways that are damaging to this country, and it has to stop."

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