As he explained on his website, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee drafted a letter and sent it to Secretary of State John Kerry to air a number of grievances regarding his stance on Iran’s nuclear pursuits. Scroll down to read the entire letter.
Huckabee began by stating the same case made by 47 Republican senators who endorsed a previous letter explaining that any deal between Barack Obama and Iran that bypasses Congress would not survive the current administration. He then cited Kerry’s reference to the aforementioned senators’ action as “unconstitutional,” noting that their intent was to prevent the Obama administration from “once again deliberately bypassing Congress and exceeding its constitutional authority.”
Huckabee then made his critique more personal by bringing up an apparent hypocrisy from Kerry’s past.
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“In 1985,” he wrote, “you did more than just send a letter to a foreign nation — you flew to Nicaragua to negotiate with Daniel Ortega and other Sandinistas despite express opposition from the Reagan Administration.”
He went on to disparage Kerry’s willingness to side with Iran over America’s closest Middle Eastern ally, Israel.
Though he acknowledged his “greatest respect” for Kerry’s service in the military and in the public sector, Huckabee concluded that he hopes the 2004 Democrat presidential nominee “will extend respect to those faithfully executing their oath of office in the U.S. Senate and to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who like you, want to stop terrorism worldwide.”
Read Hucakbee’s letter in its entirety below:
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March 16, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Kerry:
I find your opposition to congressional oversight offensive and hypocritical and your posture towards Israel deeply disturbing.
Appearing on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” you described the letter forty-seven U.S. Senators signed and sent to Iranian officials regarding ongoing nuclear negotiations as “unconstitutional.” Congress has the constitutional responsibility to serve as a check-and-balance on the executive branch. As has been done with immigration, health care and many other issues, the Obama Administration is once again deliberately bypassing Congress and exceeding its constitutional authority.
Frankly, your criticisms are hypocritical. You launched yourself into the public spotlight by directly and publicly criticizing the executive branch in a Senate committee hearing forty-four years ago. In 1985, you did more than just send a letter to a foreign nation—you flew to Nicaragua to negotiate with Daniel Ortega and other Sandinistas despite express opposition from the Reagan Administration.
You describe the Senate letter as “unprecedented” and “wrong.” The fact is, your willingness to trust Iran and undermine Israel is what is unprecedented and wrong.
Moreover, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently came to Washington and explained how a deal with Iran would spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, threaten Israel’s existence and embolden terrorists around the world. Prime Minister Netanyahu is a Churchill in a world full of Chamberlains. Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East and Iran is the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism. As an American, I am embarrassed that you, Vice President Biden and other high-ranking administration officials boycotted Netanyahu’s address to Congress yet never miss an opportunity to visit with Iranian leaders.
I have the greatest respect for your long record of service to our country, beginning with combat in Vietnam. During those difficult years, you risked your life in a war that many Americans experienced only from afar. I also respect your role as Secretary of State. Hopefully, you will extend respect to those faithfully executing their oath of office in the U.S. Senate and to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who like you, want to stop terrorism worldwide.
Governor Mike Huckabee