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WASHINGTON -- Republicans, under fire for a letter signed by 47 senators to the leadership of Iran, said Tuesday that complaints about violating foreign policy convention should be leveled not at them, but at President Barack Obama.
But those who support the letter -- even some who didn't add their names -- deflected the blame. If it weren't for Obama's failure to consult lawmakers about the negotiations, or his threatened veto of a proposed bill to give Congress the final vote on a nuclear agreement, senators wouldn't have had to speak out in the first place, they argued.
originally posted by: Onslaught2996
All this did was prove to the world that the United States is broken and weak.
They have shown the world that America is no longer United. That the republican party is can't even control it's own members.
Even conservative websites are say WTF man...dumb move.
How does telling another country that if party changes that we will not honor any agreement...how is any country supposed to trust them after that.
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