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G.O.P.Senators’ Letter to Iran

Theletter to Iran, the Republican senators wrote, undermines theAmerican constitution. According to political scientists, the Obamaadministration is negotiating a short-term solution. Besides, theinformation stated in the letter is incorrect. For example, thesenators insinuated that any country that is planning to negotiate adeal with America would require consulting the Senate. While majorpolicies may require Senate approval, the president can use executivepowers to establish international agreements without seeking theSenate approval.

Theletter also comes at an inappropriate time because it weakens theAmerican’s credibility to put sanctions on internationalgovernments. The government actively opposed the letter because itmakes USA appear that it lacks capacity to sustain long-termimplementation of sanctions (Tannahill 24).

Itis true that the agreement America will reach with Iran will requireCongress approval to become legally abiding, but the mail attempts toobstruct Iran from signing a nuclear deal with the United States. Onthe other hand, Obama insisted that the agreements they are planningwith Iran are ‘non-abiding’ just like the treaties it makes inother crises (Tannahill 37). The significance of signing non-abidingcontracts with the Republic of Iran intends to eliminate a notionthat Obama is ready to remove the sanctions facing Iran permanently.

Theletter is also misleading, as it gives an impression that theagreement would be illegal unless Senate is involved. However, lawgurus argue that the contract Obama government is proposing isworthwhile since the deal is short-term, and the next president candecide to discard, and probably introduce new regulations that willsuit the future administrations (Tannahill51).

Insummary, political analysts describe the letter as controversialsince it undermines Obama’s government. It gives an impression thatthe executive has no power to broker short-term contracts to fitgiven situations.


Tannahill,Neal R. AmericanGovernment: Policy and Politics.New York, NY [u.a.: Longman, 1999. Print.