Back in October, President Obama reportedly wrote a secret letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Several sources, who were reportedly briefed on the letter, have stated that it was written to discuss the mutual interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
However, one congressional source insists the new “development” essentially “f***s up everything,” reports Fox News.
According to the Wall Street Journal, President Obama reportedly stated the conditions needed for the two nations to coexist in the fight against ISIS — Khamenei must agree to a deal to end its nuclear program. The reported deadline for the deal is November 24.
Although White House officials have yet to confirm the letter even exists, one source has had no reservations about the validity of the written document. As a matter of fact, the source even revealed President Obama has reportedly written to Khamenei four times since taking office in 2009.
“We’ve seen the president do it before, so there is a precedent,” the source said in reference to previous letters.
However, the source insists the effort won’t contribute to progression. If anything, the effort could lead to a substantial setback in the efforts to unite with Sunni-led Arab states since Iran’s government is Shiite-led.
On Thursday, November 6, Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina also weighed in on Obama’s reported executive orders. Needless to say, lawmakers aren’t happy with the “seismic response” the alleged letter is receiving.
“It is outrageous that, while the cries of moderate Syrian forces for greater U.S. assistance fall on deaf ears in the White House, President Obama is apparently urging Ayatollah Khamenei to join the fight against ISIS,” McCain and Graham said in a joint statement.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich also shared his concerns about the letter, reports Fox News.
“I can tell you that it is causing real problems with our Sunni Arab League partners in the fight against ISIS,” Rogers said Friday on MSNBC. “It’s really concerning.”
Although President Obama is facing scrutiny and opposition for taking initiative with this matter, Gillian Turner, former staff member of the National Security Council under Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, spoke out in support of his decision.
“Before we pass judgment on the president’s choice, we need to consider why he made this judgment and why now,” Turner said.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has also released a statement in reference to the United States’ policy toward Iran. Although he stated that the policy is “unchanged,” he did not address the speculation regarding the letter. So the authenticity of the letter has yet to be confirmed or denied.
“I’m not in a position to discuss private correspondence between the president and any world leader. The United States will not cooperate militarily with Iran in that effort against ISIS. We won’t share intelligence with them. But their interests in the outcome is something that’s been widely commented on … and something that on a couple of occasions has been discussed on the sidelines of other conversations.”
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