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Senate letter on Iran derided coast to coast as a "political abomination."

Dear GOP Senators, I'm writing you to ask the question that I think is on the mind of most Americans. What the heck were you thinking?


  1. "The letter sent by 47 Republican senators to Iran's leaders — saying that any agreement the U.S. reached with them without congressional approval could be reversed by the next president "with a stroke of a pen" — is wrong on so many levels that it is hard to know where to start."

    Memphis Tennessee, The Commercial Appeal Editorial, Thursday March 12, 2015
  2. "Daines should quit making excuses and apologize for overstepping his role as a senator, thrusting himself and 46 of his friends into a tense situation that is clearly the province of the State Department. His participation in this half-baked scheme doesn’t just make him look foolish; it has a destabilizing effect on the world and undermines U.S. credibility. In other words, he’s done just the opposite of what should be expected from our leaders: His actions make the world less safe, not more."

    Billings Montana, Gazette Editorial, Tuesday March 17, 2015
  3. "Even in the current Washington environment, writing letters to hostile foreign governments at a time when the State Department is trying to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough seems well beyond the pale. The Republican senators did not serve their country or their party well with this stunt."

    Providence Rhode Island, Providence Journal Editorial, Monday March 16, 2015
  4. "All you've done is try to undercut your fellow Americans at the negotiating table while ending up with egg on your faces."

    Kingman Arizona, Daily Miner Editorial, Sunday March 15, 2015
  5. "The enthusiasm with which Cotton is pushing for an end to Iran talks - and this is the aim of his letter, not a better deal - should give pause. An end to talks, especially if the U.S. Congress is blamed, is likely to fray sanctions. That, in turn, will lead inevitably to pressure from Republican hawks (and Israel) for airstrikes against Tehran. Such airstrikes - as top Israeli security experts have warned - will probably accelerate Iran's push for a bomb and enmesh the United States in another Mideast conflict."

    The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial, Sunday March 15, 2015
  6. "President Barack Obama has nearly two years left in office, but Republicans don’t think he counts. They said as much in a duplicitous, disrespectful letter to Iranian leaders that sought to undermine delicate international negotiations and the authority of the White House."

    The Kansas City Star Editorial, Sunday March 15, 2015
  7. "It’s not every day that you see U.S. senators pressing leaders of a hostile power to help them kill off American-led negotiations aimed at removing a potential nuclear threat to the United States and its allies."

    Vineland New Jersey, the Daily Journal Editorial, Wednesday March 11, 2015
  8. "In reality, the letter was an orchestrated attempt to undermine U.S. efforts to negotiate an agreement with Iran on a critically important issue: the use of nuclear materials by one of America's most volatile foreign adversaries."

    Des Moines Iowa, The Register Editorial, Saturday March 14, 2015
  9. "This letter now gives Iran license to turn away from any agreement that might limit its nuclear program on grounds of receiving mixed messages from the primary driver of those talks."

    Santa Rosa California, The Press Democrat Editorial, Saturday March 14, 2015
  10. "Imagine the Republican outrage had Democratic senators written such a letter when Ronald Reagan was president. Graham likely would have called for the impeachment of Democratic senators who showed such an affront."

    Myrtle Beach South Carolina, The Sun News Editorial, Saturday March 14, 2015
  11. "The Obama administration and its partners have what may be the last, best chance to peacefully resolve the nuclear standoff with Iran. If congressional Republicans share the goal of all involved —keeping the military option off the table as long as possible — they will stop this dangerous game of brinkmanship and hold their criticism until a deal with Iran is complete and ready for an honest evaluation."

    Tampa Bay Times Editorial, Friday March 13, 2015
  12. North Carolina, the Charlotte Observer Editorial Cartoon, Friday March 13, 2015