Sep 27, 2007

Opening the Gates of Hell

Joe Lieberman is at it again, this time with the help of Republican wingnut Jon Kyl of Arizona. The two of them have introduced the Lieberman-Kyl amendment to a defense bill which would, if passed, state that the Senate supports military action against Iran, and against anyone considered to be one of Iran's proxies (such as Hezbollah, or the Shi'ite militias in Iraq). Here's the relevant text of the amendment:
3) that it should be the policy of the United States to combat, contain, and roll back the violent activities and destabilizing influence inside Iraq of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, its foreign facilitators such as Lebanese Hezbollah, and its indigenous Iraqi proxies;
(4) to support the prudent and calibrated use of all instruments of United States national power in Iraq, including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military instruments, in support of the policy described in paragraph (3) with respect to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies.
I imagine Bush and Cheney would view this resolution as all the authority they need to attack Iran at their discretion, don't you? Just one more sign, as Chris Floyd reminds us, that the Iran war train express has already left the station and is picking up steam:

Read More....Lieberman to Senate: Approve War With Iran

Related Article...Kyl-Lieberman Amendment Passes

Kyl-Lieberman Amendment passed today with a vote of 76 to 22.
Senators who voted against the resolution were Senators Biden, Bingaman, Boxer, Brown, Byrd, Cantwell, Dodd, Feingold, Hagel, Harkin, Inouye, Kennedy, Kerry, Klobuchar, Leahy, Lincoln, Lugar, McCaskill, Sanders, Tester, Webb and Wyden.
Senators Obama and McCain did not vote on the resolution.
Click here for the full Roll Call vote.
Senators Lieberman and Kyl dropped paragraphs 3 and 4 under Section (b), the Sense of Senate section, in attempts to alleviate concerns that the resolution might be taken as an authorization for the use of force against Iran.

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5 comments:

Ted said...

Lieberman might as well be a Republican.

I am sure it is a bill that Bush will be happy sign, unlike the bill to give children health care.

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Jeff Herz - My View of the World said...

Lieberman is a lying nut job

PoliShifter said...

There's no excuse this time. This is a step toward a bombing campaign against Iran.

It's complete crap. The fact that so many Senators went along with it frightens me.

Bush and Cheney will view this as a mandate to do whatever they want with respect to Iran.

Hell, they do what they want anyway. Nothing a signing statement can't cure.

I don't want to hear dems bitching in the coming years "if I only knew that sense of the Senate I voted for would lead to the bombing of Iran I would have voted no..."

Bull fucking shit. I'm calling Bullshit right now on all those Dems that voted for it. I expect rethugs to vote yes but Dems? Screw those guys.

Carol said...

Hi Ted,
You're right, he sure acts like a Republican. This bill is passed so Iran is next.

Hi Jeff,
Lieberman is from your neck of the woods if I'm not mistaken?

Hi Polishifter,
So, How do you really feel about all this?

Jeff Herz - My View of the World said...

Carol,

Yes it is safe to say Lieberman is from my neck of the woods, yet somehow he wound up getting re-elected when the republicans did not bother to run a serious candidate and he could not take the fact that his own party had rejected him for his views. It is quite unfortunate since now the fine citizens of the nutmeg state have a rouge senator representing them, when he in fact does what he whats regardless of the will of the fine citizens who put him there in the first place. It is the ultimate abuse of power, and quite sad for a man from my neck of the woods