The Left is all in a collective tizzy over Sen. Tom Cotten’s open letter to Iran which advised that any agreement with President Obama is not binding on future administrations unless it had approval by Congress.
Screams of “treason!’ and claims that it violates the Logan Act which states:
“Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
Problem with this? The Logan Act specifically refers to ‘private correspondence’. An open letter on social media advising of the nature of the Constitution hardly seems to qualify.
Unlike Nancy Pelosi’s private meeting with Bashir Assad, as we have previously noted. Or Ted Kennedy asking the Soviet Union to interfere in the 1984 election against Reagan.
Or Jimmy Carter and Jesse Jackson.
Jimmy Carter actually sent private correspondence to the UN, lobbying against the U.S. resolution from the first Bush administrationbefore the UN Security Council, trying to demand Iraq get out of Kuwait. Listen to Brent Scowcroft:
In the midst of this careful diplomacy, former President Jimmy Carter wrote the members of the [UN] Security Council asking them not to support the resolution. He argued that the costs in huiman life and the economic consequences, not to mention the permanent destabilization oif the Middle East, were too high and unnecessary,”unless all peaceful resolution efforts are first exhausted.” He called for the UN to mandate a”good faith” negotiation with the Iraqi leaders to consider their concerns, and to ask the Arabs to try to work out a peaceful solution,”without any restraint on their agenda.” It was an unbelieveable letter, asking the other members of the council to vote against his own country. We found out about it only when one of the recipients sent us a copy. Carter later acknowledged he had sent the letter, but claimed he had told President Bush what he was doing. He did send the President a similar one, but without mentioning he had also lobbied the President’s foreign colleagues. It seemed to me that if there was ever a violation of the Logan Act prohibiting diplomacy by private citizens, this was it. President Bush was furious at this interference in the conduct of his foreign policy and the deliberate attempt to undermine it, but told me just to let it drop. –
During the Reagan Administration, Jesse Jackson almost made seeming violations of the Logan Act a cottage industry, visiting Syria, Cuba and the Sandinistas, with purpose, as Dr. Karin Stanford, professor at Cal-State Northridge noted, at least in part, of promoting their positions in the face of U.S. administration.
At that time, folks on the Left like Stanford argued against the Logan Act. Stanford said it “constrained the citizen diplomat” like Jackson and it was unconstitutional, in her book, “Beyond Boundaries, Reverend Jesse Jackson In International Affairs”. Of course, the fact that she was his mistress might have influenced her opinion.
But once again, just another instance where rules will be over-applied to Republicans, but should be done away with completely when it comes to the Left…