Re: "Republicans' letter says any US-Iran pact needs Congress' OK" (TNT, 3-10).
When the conservative, Republican-leaning New York Daily News headlines "TRAITORS," referring to the 47 GOP U.S. Senators who signed the letter to Iran, you know the stunt went way, way, way too far!
Imagine, for a moment, if Democrats who opposed the invasion of Iraq - rightly, it turned out! - had sent a letter to Saddam Hussein saying that they opposed the action of their own government! Or, if Congress had sent a letter to Premier Khrushchev sabotaging the Kennedy Administration's negotiations during the Cuban Missile Crisis! The nations of the world would have reacted with shock - as they are now with this extraordinarily counter-productive and ill-informed stunt.
Technically, it's not treason, but sabotaging foreign policy negotiations undermines the credibility and leadership of the United States government around the world. Is that what Republicans want?
Furthermore, the letter is ignorant of our own Constitution. The Senate ratifies treaties, not negotiations. And, absent a negotiated diplomatic settlement, the only thing left is a war with Iran that would be bigger than Iraq and Afghanistan put together, surely the last thing any thinking person wants.