More violations of the Logan Act

Daily Caller“The European Union could, for instance, announce the withdrawal of member-states’ ambassadors from the United States. Isn’t this what states do when diplomatic partners breach solemn agreements, expose them to security risks and threaten to wreak havoc on their economies? That is, after all, what the administration is threatening to do by courting the risk of a Middle Eastern war and applying secondary sanctions to European companies,” they argued. “Depending on the American response, European capitals might even follow up with expulsion of American ambassadors.”

“It would be hard to fault these moves as irresponsible, given that they would not impair vital security functions like intelligence-sharing and law enforcement coordination. They would, however, symbolize a stark diplomatic breach that could extend to other areas in which the Trump administration needs allied support,” the former Obama officials wrote. “Thus, the White House would face the first hard choice in this whole process: a full-blown crisis in trans-Atlantic relations. If the administration’s next move were to impose secondary sanctions on Europe, the Europeans could slap its own penalties on American multinational corporations, which in turn would place additional pressure on the White House.”

Two members of Obama's National Security Council -- no longer in any sort of government office, mind you -- suggest European nations should expel US diplomats because Trump is withdrawing from the Iran deal. Never mind that withdrawing is the appropriate thing to do in the face of deception, as recently revealed by Israel. Never mind that the "deal" was never property ratified according to the US Constitution's procedure for treaty ratification. Never mind that suggesting a foreign nation punish your own nation for the foreign policy decisions of the duly elected government seems a little disloyal.

The threats from Iran to out those who took bribes to pass the deal might have something to do with the frantic last minute diplomacy.

This entry was published Tue May 15 11:39:18 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-05-15 11:39:18.0. [Tweet]

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