Thank you AIPAC for drafting the following Joint Resolution confirmed by the Senate and House of US Congress. Mr. President, you can nominate whoever you want Kerry – Brennen – Hagel, but we will determine US policy. Please accept out perfect record for making inexcusable errors of judgment in the past. We are your nemesis, no doubt about it, clear?
JOINT RESOLUTION [pdf]
(Informed Comment) – A joint resolution introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (SC) and Robert Menendez (NJ), a Republican and Democrat, respectively, declares U.S. support for an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear program. The resolution, which expresses the sense of the Congress, will be supported by the thousands of delegates to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee annual conference that will stream through the Capitol this weekend. With prominent liberal Democrats already signing on, AIPAC’s lobbying heft will likely propel a bill that, in Congressional sentiment at least, commits the U.S. to active support of a potential Israeli attack that experts think could have consequences as grave as further destabilization in the region, adverse global economic consequences, and even a hardening of Iranian resolve to get a weapon.
“Initiating a war is the gravest step any nation can take,” said Columbia University professor Gary Sick, an Iran expert and former White House official. “This legislation would effectively entrust that decision to a regional state. Such a decision is an American sovereign responsibility. It cannot be outsourced.”
[Read the small print: this is not a declaration of war]