Friday, March 13, 2015

Of letters and email and self-inflicted wounds

Who has cut themselves the worst, Hillary or the 47 Cotton-picking morons?

I checked in with my alter-ego, Saul Relative -- whom the RNC is still soliciting -- and his response was: "meh, it's all relative".  It's certainly possible that aspiring presidential nominees Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio gained standing among GOP primary voters by trolling the Logan Act, but will ultimately lose the war, i.e. a November 2016 general election that has independents and moderates as the key to victory (as if those three guys had any chance of winning to begin with).

Potential but as yet undeclared contenders like Rob Portman may have injured his prospects because he's from purple Ohio, and Lindsey Graham helped his because he's from South Carolina.

So as it may go down in twenty months -- the economy, stupid notwithstanding -- to who's got the maddest foreign policy ballin' skilz, let's check in with the Iranian mullah who gets the last word in the matter of the pending, possible nuclear agreement between his nation and the US (and the other UN Security Council states, it should be emphasized).

Iran's supreme leader said Thursday that a letter from Republican lawmakers warning that any nuclear deal could be scrapped by the next U.S. president is a sign of "disintegration" in Washington.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the letter a sign of "the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system's internal disintegration," according to the official IRNA news agency. It was the first reaction to the letter by Khamenei, who has the final say over all major policies.

Khamenei said states typically remain loyal to their commitments even if governments change, " but American senators officially announced the commitment will be null and void after this government leaves office. Isn't this the ultimate degree of the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system's internal disintegration?"

Oops, he nailed it.

Khamenei called the letter “stupid” and “disgusting” and said he was negotiating with backstabbers.

He blamed the letter on the fact that they had been recently addressed “by a Zionist clown,” referring to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

He complained that the Senators had accused Iran of supporting terrorism, which, he said, “is laughable.” (Iran sees Hizbullah and Hamas as legitimate resistance movements). He countered that it was the United States that created ISIL (Daesh), the world’s worst terrorist organization by its invasion of Iraq. He also accused Israel, which he said that the US backs to the hilt, of being a terrorist state.

He said that when an administration concludes an agreement with someone, the next administration is bound to honor it, but that in the US this principle has been discarded. The GOP senators had pledged, he said, to make any agreement with the Obama administration “as though it never existed.” “This is the utmost in the decline of political ethics … that is, this system is a system on the verge of oblivion, such that a person sees these things in it… They actually said they want to give Iranians a lesson so that we would understand their laws. We don’t need the lessons of those people!”


Do those 47 senators actually hate Obama more than they love their country?  More than they fear nuclear war?  I report; you decide.

On the other hand, this next cartoon may be a perfectly cringeworthy illustration of everything we have to look forward to with respect to the Democratic party's primary debates.

This may not seem absurd to the people who gathered last night in Houston to get themselves ready, but I can assure them that it certainly does to many others.

Paging Elizabeth Warren, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, and/or Joe Biden to the red courtesy phone at Gate 411: you have an emergency clue holding.


Ted McLaughlin said...

Biden and Warren are too smart to get into this race, Sanders will run as an independent if at all, and nobody's ever heard of Webb or O'Malley. I know you don't like it, but Dems are going to give the nomination to Hillary.

PDiddie said...

Biden wants in, Warren does not. Sanders isn't running as an indy (ballot access nil), he isn't running as a Green (doesn't want to "spoil") and his curiosity about the chances of posing a legitimate challenge to the Hilldebeast just improved dramatically.

Webb and O'Malley will run for vice-president, or some other Cabinet appointment (since V-P will got to a Latino, probably named Castro).

This Democrat got it right: "Early Onset Clinton Fatigue". (Thanks, Chuckles Krauthammer.)