For John, BLUF: It is better to be talking than to be fighting, as Winston Churchill pointed out. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Remember the Fabled 47 Senators and their "Open Letter" to the Iranian Leadership? The ones who brought down some much hate and discontent on their heads? Logan Act and all that?♠ Turns out they are not President Obama's biggest problem in cutting some sort of a nuclear deal with Iran. No, that would be French President Hollande.
From The Daly Mail (London) the other day we have "France tells UN 'insufficient' progress in Iran nuclear talks". Wait—This isn't just between the US Administration and the Iranians? Apparently not in the mind of Reporter Michelle Nichols. The lede:
France warned on Tuesday that "insufficient" progress has been made toward a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers with specific disparities over research and development and the issue of sanctions.Apparently it isn't all about SecState John Forbes Kerry and President Obama.
"Iran must now make difficult choices if it truly wishes to regain the trust of the international community," French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told a United Nations Security Council meeting on U.N. sanctions on Iran.
And, there is the issue of how this and other such Executive Agreements are changing the nature of our Constitution. I put a lot of this on Congress.
The idea that the Administration will launder this Agreement through the United Nations to avoid Senate approval and perhaps Congressional oversight strikes me as wrong. It is transforming how we do foreign policy, and maybe domestic policy, without the consent of Congress.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The ones who I said the whiners should DEMAND indictments under the Logan Act?