Imagine this scenario. It is 1942, America is still in shock over the Pearl Harbor attack and the specter of fighting two superpowers (Japan and Germany) in the Atlantic and Pacific (a two front war). The Democratic President needs to engage anti-capitalist and adversary Stalin in order to convince him to join an alliance to fight both the Germans and Japanese.
The goal is to divert Axis forces away from Europe and to get them bogged down in the harsh climate and terrain of Russia in order to allow the American and British troops time and resources to mount counter offenses in Europe.
Then without the President’s knowledge or blessings, 47 Republican congressmen (lead by Cotton of Arkansas) send a letter directly to Stalin calling him a “pinko-b.a.s.t.e.r.d” and stating that any agreements between FDR and Stalin will be null and void at the end of FDR’s term. Hence there should be no Grand Alliance in 1942 unless Stalin capitulates to the demands of Republican backed anti-Stalin Russians.
If the GOP antics are successful, it would mean that the USA would have to fight the Axis powers by itself (since Britain and much of Europe are on the verge of collapse) thereby leading to higher American casualties or possible defeats.
How do you think the Public, FDR and historians would have reacted to such a letter specifically designed to scuttle the Grand Alliance and make FDR appear weak and illegitimate in the eyes Hitler and Tojo?
I think we would have had both Nuremberg and Pine-Bluff trials between 1945-1949.
The open letter sent by 47 republican senators (including Tom Cotton, Rand Paul and McConnell) to Iran is an obscene attempt by the GOP controlled congress to usurp and sabotage the constitutional powers of President Obama. Yet TPers/GOPers are trying to justify the highly seditious behaviors of 47 republican senators by claiming that the President himself is committing unconstitutional acts. These TPers do not seem to understand that negotiations of treaties on behalf of the USA are assigned (via the US Constitution) to the executive branch. And thus, Obama is fulfilling his constitutionally assigned duty (not going it alone as implied by the open letter).
It is the job of the Congress to give advice and then either reject or ratify said treaty. It is called advice and consent (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2). Dictating foreign policy to the executive branch is not part of the constitutionally assigned role of the Congress.
Like they do when citing the Bible, these TPer folks are picking and choosing the parts of the constitution that they like simply to justify their hatred and contempt for the democratically elected President.
This is a chilling event because these folks have demonstrated that they are willing do anything to obtain and to maintain power including undermining our constitutionally elected government as well as jeopardizing our international standing and national security.
It may seem like hyperbole, but this is the type of mindset that leads directly to coups. Mark my words, if they (GOPERS) cannot regain control through legitimate processes, this current crop of GOP politicians will continue to manufacture constitutional crises to justify future GOP takeovers through non-electoral means.