9 March 2015   Leave a comment

47 Republican US Senators sent a letter to Iran, warning it that it should not trust any Executive Agreement signed by President Obama since it could be reversed at any time by a subsequent US President.  The letter was deliberately designed to scuttle the negotiations currently being conducted by the P5+1.  Iran’s Foreign Minister responded to the letter by asserting that the US Senators were “ignorant of international law.”  He went on to say:

“The letter by the senators show that not only they are alien to international law but even not familiar with the details of the their own constitution about the authority of the president”

Under most circumstances, one would be inclined to characterize a deliberate attempt to sabotage negotiations conducted in good faith by a nation’s chief executive as treason.  Congress certainly has authority in foreign affairs, but undermining negotiations is not among the enumerated powers of Congress.  President Obama was bemused by the apparent alliance of the Republican Senators with the most radical members of the Iranian governing council:  “I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran. It’s an unusual coalition.”

I have posted on the issue of censorship in both India and China in recent days.  I am sad to report that the US state of Florida is also engaged in censorship.  Apparently, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has banned the words “global warming” and “climate change” from the mouths and pens of state officials.  Governor Scott believes that global warming won’t happen if we don’t talk about it.  But the University of Arizona has drawn up a map of the effects of a two meter rise in ocean levels on the state.

 

US President Obama identified Venezuela as a national security threat to the US.   The declaration is a necessary step toward the imposition of sanctions on any country by the United States.  Venezuela has been wracked recently by corruption, governmental incompetence, and declining oil prices.  There are serious shortages of many household items as government revenues have run dry, and the inflation rate in the country is nearing 60% a year.   The US is exerting pressure on the government of President Nicolas Maduro in order to force changes in the political intimidation used by Maduro to silence his critics.

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Posted March 10, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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