A bill in the House of Representatives has just been passed which inches the United States dangerously close to war with Iran just days ahead of a second round of diplomatic talks with Iran about its nuclear program.
The vote, passed 401-11, effectively calls for a military attack on Iran when it obtains a “nuclear weapons capability” – an undefined term that, by some interpretations, could already apply to Iran, not to mention Brazil, Japan, the Netherlands, and any other country with a civilian nuclear program.
“Current U.S. policy is that Iran cannot acquire nuclear weapons,” said Dennis Kucinch (D-Ohio), one of the few who voted against the bill. “Instead, H.Res. 568 draws the red line for military action at Iran achieving a nuclear weapons capability, a nebulous and undefined term that would include a civilian nuclear program.”
The shifting of the so-called “red-line” is instructive. Hawkish rhetoric for some time now has been that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and this provides a pretext for war unless we can reverse their course. The problem is that this rhetoric is not true: the U.S. military and intelligence community are in consensus that Iran has no nuclear weapons program.
And so the red-line shifted to include something Iran is doing, namely enriching uranium for peaceful purposes. Some argue that the Iranian government simply having the know-how for building nukes is enough to attack it, but that is an absurd justification for war if for no other reason that knowledge doesn’t amount to an imminent threat. The attack would therefore be a war of aggression – one without the justification for self-defense – which international law designates a serious war crime.
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, warned “This resolution reads like the same sheet of music that got us into the Iraq war, and could be the precursor for a war with Iran….it’s effectively a thinly-disguised effort to bless war.”
13 thoughts on “House Bill Shifting Red Line for War on Iran Passes Overwhelmingly”
MIC = 1
Little people of Iran and taxpaying suckers in the US = 0
How the USA became the custodian of modern science and its applications should be explained to the world. The IAEA allows for the development of nuclear science for peaceful purposes and the USA should not be allowed to change their rules unilaterally. What about molecular biology labs? They can be used to produce equally lethal but stelth agents against targeted populations by genetic engineering. Should Iran be made to shut down all molecular biology labs because they might be used for the wrong purposes? Give me a break and fire the Zionist-biased Congress.
Spoils of war here we come — Any excuse will do
Those who belong to the Republican or Democratic Party, visions of sugar plums dance in their heads when they think of war with Iran and getting their hands on the world’s third largest oil reserves and second largest
natural gas reserves.
I really hope my government doesn't force me to choose sides between my country and what's right- they might not like which side I line up with.
I'm with you John—ret us army..
No one should be surprised at the number of idiots in the House, but everyone should be surprised by the type of people who elected them. When they keep voting for the incumbents, they get what they deserve. It's just that simple.
The biggest danger to the American people is a government of Zionist bought traitors that need to be deported to Guantanamo. These cretins in both parties do not represent Amercia, or what is best for it. What they do represent is a Zionist state whose only goals are greed, terrorism, theft, and hegemony with their hands on America's wallet.
The only solution at this late stage to stop WW3…is a revolution…ret us army..
There are 401 Members of the House of Representatives who are either too STUPID to represent the interests of U.S. citizens — or — have received campaign dollars and assured themselves that AIPAC will support a non-critical press in exchange for their vote. With all the problems facing the citizens of this country, we have a representative government that refuses to face realiity and will sell a vote in order to subjugate the interests of their constituents to the demands of a foreign nation. The media is also to blame for this state of affairs as it ignores this farce. Those 401 who voted yea under a "suspension calendar" for this resolution should be replaced as they are not qualified to serve U.S. citizens who have to bear the consquences for their mistakes!
Let the record now state unequivocally – this stupid, needless, evil war will be waged for the benefit of apartheid, land-stealing Israel and will be an unmitigated disaster for Israel and America. And may all of those AIPAC creeps and their Christian Zionist stooges enabling this evil, someday look in a mirror and hate what they see.
Related: Israel lobby authored “no containment” House Iran resolution http://mjayrosenberg.com/2012/05/15/aipac/
Related: The Israel lobby was "decisive" in lying the U.S. into the Iraq war, say scholars http://mailstar.net/iraq-war.html
So why is there no war yet? They have attacked Irans central bank, murdered their scientists, sanctioned their oil sector, cut off all negotiations and talks with iran (except for the P5+1 talks) and now have passed a law that says they can attack Iran militarily.
So where is the war? Why hasn't it happened yet?
My feeling is the same as feeling of most of you. As MJ Rosenberg wrote on his site quote of Tom Friedman who had written:"Congressional support for Netanyahu (and his war) is “bought and paid for.”" I can see I am in good society of thinking brains. It just looks that this mega corruption in the former beacon of freedom and democracy (US) to which we'd been looking as to guiding light while living under corrupted communist regimes in Soviet zone is getting bigger and bigger every day. At the end this corrupted regime will probably collapse either from self-inflicted wounds or it will be cut off by American Spring which is inevitably coming here if American elites do not change its focus on "America First". What is the worst this American corruption corrupts everything. People everywhere are learning "newspeak" of corruption just to please their leader. But unfortunately the presumable leader is just a puppet in Zionists' hands.
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