Sen. Pat Toomey was one of 47 Republican Senators who violated the Logan Act of 1799 by signing a letter drafted by Sen. Tom Cotton. Addressed to the government of Iran it attempts t interfere with President Obama’s diplomatic initiative to deal with Iran’s nuclear program. Republicans prefer starting a massive war rather than using diplomacy to diffuse the situation. This was also their policy in dealing with Iraq.
We’ve seen how well that worked. War with Iran could provoke a new World War. Why would anyone seek to undermine what seems to be a promising diplomatic victory? Sen. Cotton, newly elected from Arkansas, met with major defense contractors shortly after getting his letter published in the media. Critics assailed the letter for getting the constitution wrong and for the treasonous nature of its contents. The Logan Act prohibits such conduct and it is a crime known as sedition: treason.
The fact that Toomey had no problem violating the law plus the edict that domestic politics stops at the shoreline doesn’t bode well for his re-election chances. Former Navy Admiral Joe Sestak is currently on a walking tour across the Commonwealth in his campaign to win the seat.