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William Larsen: Executive agreements have long been used internationally by presidents

In his confused response to Heidi Hall, Allen Krosner contradicts himself on the central point of contention.

Hall, like many others, expressed outrage at the letter Republican senators sent to Iran in a shameful attempt to derail the administration’s attempt to end Iran’s nuclear weapon aspirations. Krosner establishes the indisputable point that the senate is constitutionally entitled to pass “treaties” negotiated by a sitting president. He then quotes John Kerry’s indisputable assertion that the pact the international community is negotiating with Iran is an “agreement”, not a treaty. Ignoring this essential distinction, Krosner then fallaciously accuses Obama of violating the Constitution by not sending the agreement to the senate.

Since the administration of George Washington, “sole-executive agreements” have been used by presidents to negotiate international pacts, and have been validated by the Supreme Court. Although it’s correct that future presidents are not bound by such agreements, asserting they lie outside the authority of a sitting U.S. president is patently untrue.

Clearly — in the hyper-partisan atmosphere generated by the Republicans — it would be suicide to submit such a vital agreement to the political butchery aimed at sabotaging the efforts of our constitutionally entitled Commander in Chief.

William Larsen

Nevada City

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