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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dana Milbank, "GOP senators appear set on their own breakaway nation": Smearing Tom Cotton

Responding to Tom Cotton's open letter to Iran, which was signed by 47 Republican senators and which warned that an agreement reached by Obama with Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei could be undone by Obama's successor in the Oval Office, Dana Milbank claims in a Washington Post opinion piece entitled "GOP senators appear set on their own breakaway nation" that Republicans are "operating their own independent republic on Capitol Hill." Milbank writes:

"And now we have Tom Cotton, Republicania’s young foreign minister, submitting 'An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,' counseling Iran’s leaders that any agreement reached by the United States but not ratified by Republicania could be undone 'with the stroke of a pen' (assuming the next president comes from Republicania)."

Milbank proceeds to smear the motives underlying Cotton's letter:

"On Tuesday, the day after his letter to Hezbollah’s masters became public, Cotton provided a clue about his motives: He’d had a breakfast date with the National Defense Industrial Association — a trade group for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and the like."

Or in other words, if you object to allowing the tyrannical Islamic Republic of Iran to build an arsenal of nuclear weapons within a decade, you obviously are in bed with the defense industry. The nasty aerospace and defense industry, employing some 3.5 million Americans, should obviously be shut down - there won't be any need to contend with a docile Iran in another 10 years - and federal grants and benefits should all be channeled to companies manufacturing solar panels and wind turbines. Yeah, right.

Peculiar, however, how Milbank makes a point of ignoring the war waged by Obama's IRS against conservatives. Do you remember Obama telling us that IRS targeting had “not even a smidgen of corruption?” Well, as reported in a February 26, 2015 Washington Times article entitled "IRS watchdog reveals Lois Lerner missing emails now subject of criminal probe" by Stephen Dinan:

"The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed."

The Republicans are establishing a breakaway nation? Sorry, Dana, it takes two to tango.

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