Thursday, September 27, 2007

Cowardly, Treacherous Democrats SET THE TABLE for Cheney's NUCLEAR ATTACK ON IRAN....

Cheney receives rapturous applause at the March, 2007 AIPAC conference (Israel-America Political Action Committee) in Washington, D.C. for his most bombastic

The Cowering, Treacherous Democrats in the US Senate - "led" by Senator Harry Reid, WHO ALLOWED THIS BILL TO MOVE FORWARD (click here for list of those Senate Democrats who COWER before Dick Cheney, George Bush, the AIAPC lobby, and the war indusry) just yesterday approved a new bill, the Lieberman-Kyl amendment to an Iraq war spending bill, that EFFECTIVELY DECLARES IRAN to be an ENEMY of the United States, and DOES NOT STOP SHORT of giving US president George W. Bush THE AUTHORITY to ATTACK IRAN at any moment and for any excuse of his choosing.

THE COWARDLY SENATE DEMOCRATS, following the TREACHEROUS lead of Joe Lieberman (WHO LIED CONTINUALLY during the final weeks of his 2006 election, promising Connecticut voters he would do his utmost to REIGN IN the Iraq war... not EXPAND IT as he has done since winning that election through deceit and treachery) have REPEATED THEIR FOLLY of giving the Bush-Cheney White House AUTHORITY TO START WARS, run death squads, and loot billions of dollars from the US treasury with NO OVERSIGHT or accounting.... WITHOUT EVEN DECLARING WAR.

War with Iran for Fun and Profit
Josh Marshall
(click link for video comments, Josh Marshall discussing the "Lieberman BOMB IRAN amendment")

Did you hear about the War on Iran Authorization bill the Senate is going to vote on perhaps as early as today? No, that's not how it's getting billed. But that's what the 'Kyl-Lieberman' amendment is. In fact, the supporters of going to war against Iran are using exactly the same strategy with this amendment that they did to lay the groundwork for the Iraq War.

We give you the rundown in today's episode of TPMtv ...


Lieberman-Kyl Amendment Seeks To Escalate Possibility Of Military Action Against Iran
(click link for video Senator Kyl minimizing, whitewashing the true ramifications of his "BOMB IRAN NOW" bill)

Today, the Senate is expected to vote on an “extremely threatening” amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill introduced by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ). The “sense of the Senate” amendment could “lead to a tit-for-tat escalation resulting in military confrontation between the US and Iran.”

The legislation accuses Iran of fighting “a proxy war against the Iraqi state and coalition forces in Iraq” and threatens to “combat, contain and [stop]” Iran. The right wing has quickly latched onto the amendment, claiming it “unflinchingly…calls on America to win” against Iran.

Appearing on Fox News today, Kyl attempted to downplay the legislation’s implications, claiming “this is not intended to be an authorization of military force against Iran.” Watch it:

In reality, the amendment is a clear call for military action against alleged Iranian agents inside Iraq. From the text of the legislation:

(3) that it should be the policy of the United States to combat, contain, and [stop] 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.

As Jonathan Schwarz noted, the amendment is a “Sense of the Senate” resolution, “which means it has no legal force, but as the Congressional Research Service will tell you, ‘foreign governments pay close attention to [such resolutions] as evidence of shifts in U.S. foreign policy priorities.’”

Analysts are warning that “the growing US focus on confronting Iran in a proxy war inside Iraq risks triggering a direct conflict in the next few months.” Kyl said his legislation would “pass rather handily.”

UPDATE: TPMtv today looks at how the Lieberman-Kyl amendment is similar to the 1998 Iraq Liberation Act, which officially put the U.S. on record as supporting regime change in Iraq.