Tuesday, July 15, 2008

House Resolution 362 and Let Slip the Dogs of War

Representative Gary Ackerman, Democrat from New York, wants to start a war with Iran. To do just that, Rep. Ackerman has introduced House Resolution 362, which is being called the Iran War Resolution.

The goal of the resolution is to "[express] the sense of Congress regarding the threat posed to international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the vital national security interests of the United States by Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and regional hegemony, and for other purposes."

It's those "other purposes" we're interested in hearing about, but since the supporters of Resolution 362 aren't likely to publicly admit those we'll just have to take a look at what this resolution would have the United States do.

First, it "declares that preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, through all appropriate economic, political, and diplomatic means, is vital to the national security interests of the United States and must be dealt with urgently." How it proposes to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons is where we should all be concerned.
[The House of Representatives] demands that the President initiate an international effort to immediately and dramatically increase the economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear enrichment activities by, inter alia, prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran; and prohibiting the international movement of all Iranian officials not involved in negotiating the suspension of Iran's nuclear program; and urges the President to lead a sustained, serious, and forceful effort at regional diplomacy to support the legitimate governments in the region against Iranian efforts to destabilize them, to reassure our friends and allies that the United States supports them in their resistance to Iranian efforts at hegemony, and to make clear to the Government of Iran that the United States will protect America's vital national security interests in the Middle East.

Just in case you missed it, this resolution says that the House is demanding the president virtually blockade Iran, a sovereign nation that has not threatened the United States in any way.

It seems both Democrats and Republicans in Washington are hell bent on dragging us into another war that is not in our own interests.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran

We can't even secure our own borders in the USA. How the hell are we going to do this in Iran?

Further, isn't it a bit ironic that the Congress is asking the President to do for Iran what it refuses to ask him to do America.

Every congressman who votes for this resolution should be held to account for why they don't support securing our borders.