Letter writers likely treasonous

The 47 Republican senators who recently sent a warning letter to Iranian leaders are making a laughing stock out of Congress and weakening our stance in the world. Threatening to undermine President Obama’s efforts to work with other countries and Iran using diplomacy regarding Iran’s nuclear program was not only bad politics but also very likely treason.

The leader of the letter, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, has explicitly stated that the goal of congressional action is to make talks with Iran fail. What? More war?

These Republicans should be held accountable. I hope no Democrat joins them and appreciate Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Rep. Rick Larsen for their level heads. I also hope my members of Congress will oppose two bills that could lead to a collapse of the talks: the Menendez-Kirk sanctions bill (S. 269) and the Corker-Graham bill (S. 615) mandating an “up or down” vote on any agreement.

If Congress kills these negotiations or vetoes a final deal, Iran is likely to unfreeze its nuclear program, which means either Iran gets a nuclear bomb or we have to fight another war in the Middle East.

Congress needs to let diplomacy work!

Diane Deno

Tulalip

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