Letters to the Editor

Treaty knowledge

Sen. Tom Cotton and 47 other senators on March 9, 2015 sent an open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran explaining to the Iranians, who may not be familiar with our Constitution, that treaties with the United States must be approved by two thirds of the Senate.

Article II, Section 2, paragraph 2 of the Constitution of the United States of America states: “He [meaning the President] shall have the Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.”

Judging from the fury the Senators’ letter has caused inside and outside our government, the Iranians are not the only ones unfamiliar with our Constitution. Even some members of our government who have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America are outraged. When they took the oath, they must have had their fingers crossed.