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    Re: Obama Blasts Republicans Over Letter to Iranian Leadership

    Letter to Iran Is Far From Unprecedented - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

    ". . . The folly here is not in Cotton’s decision to write the mullahs, but in Obama’s petulant response that Cotton and his colleagues were “making common cause with the hard-liners in Iran.” Please. The deal Obama is negotiating is opposed not only by Republicans in Congress, but also by leading Democrats, the government of Israel and most Arab leaders. Are they all “making common cause with the hard-liners in Iran” too?

    Rather than having a temper tantrum, Obama should emulate Clinton and use congressional and international opposition as leverage at the negotiating table to get a better deal with Iran. And rather than rail against those who are speaking out against his deal, Obama should ask himself why so many are going to such great lengths to stop it. The problem is not their criticism, but Obama running roughshod over the concerns of Congress and U.S. allies. The fact is that any deal Obama reaches that does not have broad bipartisan backing in Congress and the support of governments in the region is in fact “dead on arrival” — even if Cotton and company are too polite to put it that bluntly."
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    Re: Obama Blasts Republicans Over Letter to Iranian Leadership

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Letter to Iran Is Far From Unprecedented - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

    ". . . The folly here is not in Cotton’s decision to write the mullahs, but in Obama’s petulant response that Cotton and his colleagues were “making common cause with the hard-liners in Iran.” Please. The deal Obama is negotiating is opposed not only by Republicans in Congress, but also by leading Democrats, the government of Israel and most Arab leaders. Are they all “making common cause with the hard-liners in Iran” too?

    Rather than having a temper tantrum, Obama should emulate Clinton and use congressional and international opposition as leverage at the negotiating table to get a better deal with Iran. And rather than rail against those who are speaking out against his deal, Obama should ask himself why so many are going to such great lengths to stop it. The problem is not their criticism, but Obama running roughshod over the concerns of Congress and U.S. allies. The fact is that any deal Obama reaches that does not have broad bipartisan backing in Congress and the support of governments in the region is in fact “dead on arrival” — even if Cotton and company are too polite to put it that bluntly."
    Has Mr. Theissen claimed to have read the agreement that the P5+1 is negotiating?
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    Re: Obama Blasts Republicans Over Letter to Iranian Leadership

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    Has Mr. Theissen claimed to have read the agreement that the P5+1 is negotiating?
    And why would that be relevant? It certainly is not relevant to the Senators' letter.
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    Re: Obama Blasts Republicans Over Letter to Iranian Leadership

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    And why would that be relevant? It certainly is not relevant to the Senators' letter.
    I'm just curious based on his comment that the agreement could a better deal than it is.
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    Re: Obama Blasts Republicans Over Letter to Iranian Leadership

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    I'm just curious based on his comment that the agreement could a better deal than it is.
    I do not find such a statement in his column.
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    Re: Obama Blasts Republicans Over Letter to Iranian Leadership

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Letter to Iran Is Far From Unprecedented - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

    ". . . The folly here is not in Cotton’s decision to write the mullahs, but in Obama’s petulant response that Cotton and his colleagues were “making common cause with the hard-liners in Iran.” Please. The deal Obama is negotiating is opposed not only by Republicans in Congress, but also by leading Democrats, the government of Israel and most Arab leaders. Are they all “making common cause with the hard-liners in Iran” too?

    Rather than having a temper tantrum, Obama should emulate Clinton and use congressional and international opposition as leverage at the negotiating table to get a better deal with Iran. And rather than rail against those who are speaking out against his deal, Obama should ask himself why so many are going to such great lengths to stop it. The problem is not their criticism, but Obama running roughshod over the concerns of Congress and U.S. allies. The fact is that any deal Obama reaches that does not have broad bipartisan backing in Congress and the support of governments in the region is in fact “dead on arrival” — even if Cotton and company are too polite to put it that bluntly."
    It's in the bolded. Again I ask, a better deal than what. Has he read the deal that's being negotiated?
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    Re: Obama Blasts Republicans Over Letter to Iranian Leadership

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    It's in the bolded. Again I ask, a better deal than what. Has he read the deal that's being negotiated?
    The point of that sentence is not the terms of a deal, but the tactic of using opposition complaints for negotiating leverage. In other words, BHO should be able to use the Repubs' letter to improve his bargaining position.
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    Re: Obama Blasts Republicans Over Letter to Iranian Leadership

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    The point of that sentence is not the terms of a deal, but the tactic of using opposition complaints for negotiating leverage. In other words, BHO should be able to use the Repubs' letter to improve his bargaining position.
    And I'm saying that Obama, Cameron, Merkel, Putin, Hollande and Jinping, appear to be fine with the deal they're working on. And unless Mr. Theissen has read the deal, how can he know that the senator's letter could make it better. For all he might know, it could have the opposite effect.
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    Re: Obama Blasts Republicans Over Letter to Iranian Leadership

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Letter to Iran Is Far From Unprecedented - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

    ". . . The folly here is not in Cotton’s decision to write the mullahs, but in Obama’s petulant response that Cotton and his colleagues were “making common cause with the hard-liners in Iran.” Please. The deal Obama is negotiating is opposed not only by Republicans in Congress, but also by leading Democrats, the government of Israel and most Arab leaders. Are they all “making common cause with the hard-liners in Iran” too?

    Rather than having a temper tantrum, Obama should emulate Clinton and use congressional and international opposition as leverage at the negotiating table to get a better deal with Iran. And rather than rail against those who are speaking out against his deal, Obama should ask himself why so many are going to such great lengths to stop it. The problem is not their criticism, but Obama running roughshod over the concerns of Congress and U.S. allies. The fact is that any deal Obama reaches that does not have broad bipartisan backing in Congress and the support of governments in the region is in fact “dead on arrival” — even if Cotton and company are too polite to put it that bluntly."
    Good evening 2M

    Sometimes I feel as if columnists are reading my posts here on DP and using some of my thoughts in their columns. And this isn't the first time I've felt this way. My post 107 in this thread says pretty much the same thing.

    Perhaps it's just great minds coming up with similar ideas simultaneously.
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    Re: Obama Blasts Republicans Over Letter to Iranian Leadership

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    And I'm saying that Obama, Cameron, Merkel, Putin, Hollande and Jinping, appear to be fine with the deal they're working on. And unless Mr. Theissen has read the deal, how can he know that the senator's letter could make it better. For all he might know, it could have the opposite effect.
    He can't know any more than you can, but that's not the point. He was pointing out how much more adroit Clinton was.
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