Obama, Kerry negotiations

put world at nuclear risk

Re: Milbank column, Press, Mar 12

Dana Milbank writes,  “… 47 Republican senators did their level best to bring us closer to war by writing a letter to Iran’s mullahs.”  He and other leftwing ideologues are irate that these Republican senators dared to intervene in American statecraft by addressing an open letter to foreign leaders about a current international issue.

It’s interesting that Milbank and his ilk were silent when some Democrat congressmen travelled to Iraq in 2002 to show “solidarity” with Saddam Hussein against America.  Then there was Rep. Nancy Pelosi travelling to Syria in 2006 to meet with Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad. No accusations of “treason” there!  After all – those were Democrats!

What’s really happening here is that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and these 47 Republican senators have exposed this so-called “deal” with Iran for what it is – dangerous appeasement.  And the Democrats are fuming because public opinion polls now show large public opposition to this whole effort by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to put the world at serious risk by acquiescing to Iran’s efforts to develop offensive nuclear weapons.

The Obama Administration is trying to “negotiate” with a country whose leaders still revere the memory of the late Ayatollah Khomeini who wrote as far back as 1942 that “all the countries conquered by Islam or to be conquered in the future … shall live under Allah’s law: Kill [the non-Muslims], put them to the sword ….” As to people who think that Islam is a religion that seeks peace and avoids war, he added the following: “I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim. …Those [who say this] are witless.”

Iran’s leaders continue to publicly call for the destruction of America and Israel while Secretary Kerry seeks a “deal” with these madmen.  He and Obama simply refuse to face this threat head on and deal with it.  And yet it’s the 47 Republican senators who had the courage of their conviction who are the “problem” here.

I believe that these brave senators, including Sen. Mike Enzi and Sen. John Barrasso, both from Wyoming, are simply trying to inject some sanity into the increasingly insane matter of “negotiating” a “deal” with a radical Islamic terrorist state dedicated to our ultimate destruction – a country which is already armed with missiles and now seeks to put nuclear warheads atop them.

Vera Cole