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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:23 PM

AIPAC and the Push Toward War

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"Late last week, amid little fanfare, Senators Joseph Lieberman, Lindsey Graham, and Robert Casey introduced a resolution that would move America further down the path toward war with Iran.
The good news is that the resolution hasn't been universally embraced in the Senate. As Ron Kampeas of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports, the resolution has "provoked jitters among Democrats anxious over the specter of war." The bad news is that, as Kampeas also reports, "AIPAC is expected to make the resolution an 'ask' in three weeks when up to 10,000 activists culminate its annual conference with a day of Capitol Hill lobbying."

In standard media accounts, the resolution is being described as an attempt to move the "red line"--the line that, if crossed by Iran, could trigger a US military strike. The Obama administration has said that what's unacceptable is for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. This resolution speaks instead of a "nuclear weapons capability." In other words, Iran shouldn't be allowed to get to a point where, should it decide to produce a nuclear weapon, it would have the wherewithal to do so.

By itself this language is meaninglessly vague. Does "capability" mean the ability to produce a bomb within two months? Two years? If two years is the standard, Iran has probably crossed the red line already. (So should we start bombing now?) Indeed, by the two-year standard, Iran might well be over the red line even after a bombing campaign--which would at most be a temporary setback, and would remove any doubt among Iran's leaders as to whether to build nuclear weapons, and whether to make its nuclear program impervious to future American and Israeli bombs. What do we do then? Invade?

In other words, if interpreted expansively, the "nuclear weapons capability" threshold is a recipe not just for war, but for ongoing war--war that wouldn't ultimately prevent the building of a nuclear weapon without putting boots on the ground. And it turns out that the authors of this resolution want "nuclear weapons capability" interpreted very expansively."

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/02/aipac-and-the-push-toward-war/253358/


All Out for NO WAR ON IRAN during AIPAC Convention

http://www.occupyaipac.org/2012/02/all-out-for-no-war-on-iran-during-aipac-convention/

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Response to Scurrilous (Original post)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 11:57 PM

1. U.S. Backers of Israel Pressure Obama Over Policy on Iran

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"On the eve of a crucial visit to the White House by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, that countryís most powerful American advocates are mounting an extraordinary public campaign to pressure President Obama into hardening American policy toward Iran over its nuclear program.

From the corridors of Congress to a gathering of nearly 14,000 American Jews and other supporters of Israel here this weekend, Mr. Obama is being buffeted by demands that the United States be more aggressive toward Iran and more forthright in supporting Israel in its own confrontation with Tehran.

While defenders of Israel rally every year at the meeting of the pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, this yearís gathering has been supercharged by a convergence of election-year politics, a deepening nuclear showdown and the often-fraught relationship between the president and the Israeli prime minister.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu will both speak to the group, known as Aipac, as will the three leading Republican presidential candidates, who will appear via satellite from the campaign trail on the morning of Super Tuesday. Republicans have seized on Iranís nuclear ambitions to accuse Mr. Obama of being weak in backing a staunch ally and in confronting a bitter foe."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/world/middleeast/israels-backers-in-aipac-press-obama-to-harden-iran-policy.html

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Mon Mar 5, 2012, 12:52 PM

2. Bob Casey. Up for his first reelection and

careening hard right.

He beat Santorum (the incumbent) in 2006 by like 18 points. I don't think it was from trying to out wingnut him.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 01:23 PM

3. He voted for the Blunt Amendment.

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Response to Pirate Smile (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 5, 2012, 01:55 PM

4. Seriously?

*sigh*

I wonder if he is being primaried. This really doesn't make any sense.

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