Tags: Steve Malzberg Show | Douglas Feith | Iran deal | Obama | GOP letter

Bush Adviser on Iran Deal: Obama Ignoring Senate's 'Constitutional Role'

By    |   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 03:55 PM

The controversial letter sent by 47 senators to Iran was "an act of desperation" as President Barack Obama gets closer to inking a deal with the Mideast country, says Doug Feith, former undersecretary of defense under President George W. Bush.

"It looks to me like an act of exasperation on the part of the senators because the president has said he is not going to submit this agreement to the Senate for approval the way a president should with a treaty," Feith said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Story continues below video.

Note:
Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system Click Here Now

"What the president is doing by making an agreement of this importance in the form of an executive agreement rather than a treaty is he's basically canceling this Senate's constitutional role in approving agreements of this kind.

"There's a good, strong argument that it should be considered a treaty and it should be submitted for the advice and consent of the Senate."

The letter, which sparked outrage among Democrats, warned the Iranian government that if it inks a nuclear limitations deal with Obama, and without congressional approval, the agreement could be negated when political winds change.

Feith — a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of "War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism", published by Harper — said there is a misunderstanding about the role of Congress in foreign policy.

"It's true that the president has the main role in our constitutional system in conducting the foreign policy of the United States, but that doesn't mean that Congress has no role," Feith said.

"Historically, members of Congress have played a role even in negotiations."

He said that during the presidency of Ronald Reagan there were Democrats unhappy with the way his administration was conducting arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union.

"They insisted on visiting the negotiations, sometimes sending people to participate [and] witness the negotiations," Feith said.

"This is something that generally gets worked out between the executive branch and the Congress. Sometimes people talk with their hair on fire as if it's illegal or unconstitutional for anybody in Congress to talk to a foreigner and that's really a ridiculous overstatement.

"Sometimes, by the way, the Republicans do it and now the Democrats are doing it. Nothing that these 47 Republicans senators did is either illegal or unconstitutional."

Feith believes if Obama signs the agreement now on the table "it would be a terrible contradiction of his original statement, which was right that it is unacceptable."

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsmax-Tv
The controversial letter sent by 47 senators to Iran was "an act of desperation" as President Barack Obama gets closer to inking a deal with the Mideast country, says Doug Feith, former undersecretary of defense under President George W. Bush.
Douglas Feith, Iran deal, Obama, GOP letter
447
2015-55-12
Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 03:55 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved