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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:16 PM
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Anti-War Movement Successfully Pushes Back Against Military Confrontation With Iran (Res.362)
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"Who says there's no anti-war movement in the United States? In the past two months, the anti-war movement has taken on one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States in an important fight. And so far, the anti-war movement is winning.

Here's the story: On May 22, a bill was introduced into Congress that effectively called for a blockade of Iran, H. Con. Res. 362. Among other expressions of hostility, the bill calls for:

"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..."

This sounded an awful lot like it was calling for a blockade, which is an act of war. A dangerous proposition, especially given all the efforts that the Bush-Cheney administration has taken to move us closer to a military confrontation with Iran, the bluster and the threats, and the refusal to engage in direct talks with the Iranian government. The last thing we need is for the war party to get encouragement from Congress to initiate more illegal and extremely dangerous hostilities in the Persian Gulf. If the bill were to pass, the Bush Administration could take it as a green light for a blockade. It's hard to imagine the Iranians passively watching their economy strangled for lack of gasoline (which they import), without at least firing a few missiles at the blockaders. Whereupon all hell could break loose.

By June 20 this bill was zipping through Congress, with 169 co-sponsors, soon to accumulate more than 200 Representatives. Amazingly, it was projected to appear quickly on the House Suspension Calendar. This is a special procedure that allows the House of Representatives to pass non-controversial legislation by a super-majority. It allows the bill to avoid amendments and other procedural votes, as well as normal debate. An aide to the Democratic leadership said the resolution would pass Congress like a "hot knife through butter."

Groups opposed to military confrontation with Iran sprang into action, including Peace Action, United for Peace and Justice, the National Iranian-American Council, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, Code Pink, and Just Foreign Policy. They generated tens of thousands of emails, letters, phone calls, and other contacts with members of Congress and their staff. The first co-sponsor to change his position on the bill was Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), an influential member of Congress who chairs the powerful House Financial Services Committee. He apologized for "not having read more carefully," and pledged that he would not support the bill with the blockade language."

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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:30 PM
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1. Also True Majority and what about the 168 that haven't apologized yet?
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:30 PM
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2. K/R
NT!

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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:42 PM
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3. K&R!
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:51 PM
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4. Bravo! k+r, n/t
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:51 PM
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5. K&R
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 04:18 PM
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6. In addition to Frank, Wexler, Cohen, and some others have withdrawn as co-sponsors.
and are seeking to see the naval blockade language stripped out of the Resolution.

More than anything else, Wall Street also sent a powerful message that a war in the Persian Gulf wouldn't be good for business, so this Bill has stalled. For now.
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 04:19 PM
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7. Blessed are the peacemakers!
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