Secretary of State John Kerry likely launched the White House into panic mode on Wednesday when he told the Senate Foreign Relations committee the Obama administration is “not negotiating a legally binding plan” with Iran.
Bloomberg View columnist Josh Rogin tweeted Kerry’s remarks, as seen here:
Kerry: “We are not negotiating a legally binding plan” with Iran.
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) March 11, 2015
The stunning revelation echoes precisely what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu already knows, and what 47 Senate Republicans explained in the controversial open letter they sent to the “leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The Republican lawmakers stressed that any agreement without legislative approval is a “mere executive agreement,” which the next president can revoke “with the stroke of a pen.”
Kerry’s remark prompted the author of the open letter, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., to ask a common sense question via Twitter:
Important question: if deal with Iran isn’t legally binding, then what’s to keep Iran from breaking said deal and developing a bomb? — Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) March 11, 2015
Social media users were quick to jump in with their own observations, heavy on the customary Twitter snark. Here is a sampling of the responses:
I’m setting the over/under of “strokes at the WH caused by Kerry’s “not legally binding” statement” at 3. — Drew McCoy (@DrewMTips) March 11, 2015
@joshrogin This would seem to be relevant.
— Pradheep Shanker MD (@Neoavatara) March 11, 2015
If not “legally binding,” also means no consequences for Iran if they violate it. They’ll get sanctions lifted, then do whatever they want.
— Starz and Strypz (@StarzandStrypz) March 11, 2015
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