Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Dear Ayatollah, if we promise to play nice, you’ll play nice right? Pretty please?

WASHINGTON – President Obama, taking diplomacy into his own hands with his “dear Ayatollah” letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, is drawing a seismic response on Capitol Hill.

“It is outrageous that, while the cries of moderate Syrian forces for greater U.S. assistance fall on deaf ears in the White House, President Obama is apparently urging Ayatollah Khamenei to join the fight against ISIS,” GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said in a joint statement.

The Associated Press confirmed the existence of the letter, first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. According to the Journal, Obama wrote to Khamenei last month stressing their shared interest in confronting the Islamic State — and tying cooperation on that front to a deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

The U.S., Iran and other negotiators are facing a Nov. 24 deadline for such a deal.

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