We recently witnessed a national embarrassment created by a small group of congressional attention-seekers who sought to undermine our negotiations with Iran in an effort to insure that Iran does not create an atomic bomb. They bypassed protocol by sending a letter to Iran pointing out the approval requirements of the United States government before any mutually agreed upon agreement can becomes effective.
Our negotiators must now suffer the embarrassment of knowing that, within our Congress, exists a small group determined to undermine the good-faith efforts of those assigned to negotiate a binding document with Iran on behalf of this nation. Can these congressional office holders be so naïve that they believe that Iran does not have diplomatic scholars who must be told the pre-pact prerequisites of the United States?
Can these 47 letter signers not grasp that their embarrassing performance has no merit other than to bring attention to their desire to undermine the ongoing deliberations?
This brings us to the ultimate question. How much more national embarrassment must this nation suffer because of the academic and moral shortcomings of but a few of its elected public servants?
Richard A. Johanson