For your edification, the Logan Act does apply:
§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004)
Apparently these "independent" diplomats believe that, in the recent election, THEY were somehow gifted with powers that equal those of the President of the United States, who has the sole rights and responsibility for conducting our nation's foreign policy. In addition, they are clearly unconcerned that their behavior is sending a clear signal to governments hostile to our own that our President is somehow impaired in his prerogatives and thus, they will make it MORE difficult for the President and the State Department to effect any kind of influence over these regimes who are aiding and abetting the so-called insurgency in Iraq, not to mention aiding and abetting such rogue organizations as Hamas and Hezbollah who consistently and unrepentently threaten the well-being and survival of the State of Israel and Israeli citizens.
As I have said before, many of these middle eastern nations have only an imperfect understanding of how our Republic operates and view our nation and its government through the prism of their own political realities.
It is my belief that the passports of all four of these misdirected amateur diplomats should be revoked - preferably while they are off our soil. We don't need their "help" and we certainly would be better off without any of the four of them. My cat Sam could do their jobs better than they could - which sets the bar for the governors of their respective states replacing them pretty doggone low!
But that's my opinion. Feel free to weigh in. The one thing that is FACT, not opinion, is that these four ARE violating the Logan Act and that is intolerable hubris!
At Yahoo News we find the following:
CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2004, said on Thursday the U.S. administration should engage in dialogue with Syria and Iran.
“I think it’s important to talk and have dialogue, but you don’t give up your principles and you don’t make deals that are against your larger interest,” Kerry told reporters after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.“Syria needs to understand that and Iran needs to understand that, but I think it’s important to begin a discussion,” added Kerry, a Massachusetts senator.
WHAT IN THE NAME OF HELL DO THESE ASININE IDIOTS THINK THEY ARE DOING?