“A March To War”: Pro-Israel Members Close To Scuttling Iranian Agreement With New Sanctions

225px-BenjaminNetanyahuPresident_Barack_ObamaThe Obama Administration is in the midst of an open fight with the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Congress. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced negotiations viewed as historic between the United States and its allies with Iran over its nuclear program. The negotiations have attracted international support and are viewed as a rare opportunity after the change in leadership in Tehran. Netanyahu however has called upon the pro-Israel lobby to scuttle the diplomatic efforts by imposing new sanctions against Iran. Despite that fact that new sanctions would eliminate allies and be widely viewed as evidence of bad faith by the United States, AIPAC and AJC easily pushed through the sanctions in the House and they are viewed as making strides in the Senate despite the opposition of the White House.

The ease of passing these sanctions shows the impressive strength of the groups in Congress. Administration officials have denounced the sanctions as a thinly disguised “march to war.” Indeed, as they have previously discussed, various members of Congress have been hankering for a new war against Iran with the support of well-known hawks.

I have little faith or trust in Iran which continues to be an oppressive regime that supports extremism and terrorism throughout the world while denying basic human rights to its people at home.  However, it is relatively rare in our system to see a direct effort to block a diplomatic mission, particularly at the encouragement of a foreign leader.  Congress does have a role in foreign relations and is within its rights to seek legislation of this kind.  While some advocates of expansive executive power have suggested that such legislation can violate Article II in the interference of a president’s inherent authority over foreign relations, the framers clearly wanted such powers to be shared as evidenced in the Senate’s sole authority to approve treaties as well as the confirmation of nominees for foreign postings.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the intent behind the sanction is obvious: to leave no alternative to war: “It is important to understand that if pursuing a resolution diplomatically is disallowed or ruled out, what options, then, do we and our allies have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon? . . . The American people do not want a march to war.”

We very well could be seeing the successful scuttling of the last and most promising effort toward peace. It is also an impressive win for Benjamin Netanyahu who seems to have greater pull in Congress than Obama.

Source: Foreign Policy

74 thoughts on ““A March To War”: Pro-Israel Members Close To Scuttling Iranian Agreement With New Sanctions

  1. Until the U.S. is willing to open their hearts and doors to the Palestinians, this issue will never be resolved.

    But we’ve already made our choice.

  2. Raff,

    Iran is an enemy of Israel…..don’t agree to hold. Your breath…. Hey btw have you read the Brothers Dulles book yet?

    It’s just amazing to what length we have gone….. Apparently….. We messed up Iran before….

  3. kumayaullu,

    Democracy isn’t stupid. The graft disguised as “lobbying” practice is stupid. And corrupting. And the toy of warmongers, fascists/corporatists and would be economic oppressors.

    However, you’ll get no argument that American exceptionalism isn’t stupid.


    “Apparently….. We messed up Iran before….”

    Ya reckon?😉

    It’s time to realize that more narrowly than “government reform” in general, we need Congressional rules, lobbying and electoral reforms that limit the influence of money on the system. A good place to start? Would be overturning Buckley v. Valeo. Money is not the equivalent of free speech. Money is the lifeblood of corruption and the killer of good ideas if a bad idea is profitable to minority interest. War is a tool of last resort. It shouldn’t be a tool of first choice simply because Raytheon, GE and AIPAC want war. If Israel – specifically the Likud – wants a war with Iran? They need to stop hiding behind mommy’s skirt and own their own aggression. Israel isn’t a state. They should have no say over our foreign policy.

  4. As long as Mr. Netanyahu remains in office, absolutely no progress will be made on a peace agreement with the Palestinians. And as long as AIPAC controls Congress, the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people will not receive a fair hearing in this country.

  5. Mike A.,

    Apparently…. We had a hand in the toppling of the Iranian government as well as numerous South American countries….. We are no stranger to force….

  6. I am SO tired of the go-no-where Israeli/Palestine “negotiations”!

    Let us move to dealing with an anti-war status with Iran, and get back-to Mr Netanyahu later.

    That our own politicians would interfere is some how un-American. — Or, at least, NOT their business.

  7. Ah, for the good old days of the G. H . W. Bush Administration, where Secretary of State James Baker III had this to say of AIPAC and the Apartheid Zionist lobby: “F*** ’em. They didn’t vote for us.”

    Hopefully, President Obama has begun to share these long overdue sentiments and will actually consummate a diplomatic resolution of differences with Iran, for the good of both nations. Let the insufferably obtuse apartheid zionists go pound sand if they don’t like it — in Saudi Arabia, preferably. They don’t pay our taxes. They don’t serve and die in our military forces. And they can damn well pay for their own ceaseless aggression against their neighbors instead of demanding that the U.S. taxpayer foot the bill in dollars and spilt blood.

  8. With apologies to the shade of Percy Bysshe Shelley and his immortal poem “Ozymandias,” I offer here a brief meditation on the current, continuing, and contemplated depredations of the Apartheid Zionist Entity upon those captive Palestinian Arabs who had absolutely nothing to do with the German/Christian persecution of Jews in Europe before and during World War II.

    Cozy, Scandalous

    I met a refugee from Gaza Strip,
    Who spoke to me with empty, staring eyes
    Dumb words whose depth of pain I could not grip
    With all the helping hands the world denies
    While lapping up the lurid lies that slip
    And roll so greasy off the practiced tongue
    Of Zionists whose caged and wounded prey
    Are told to flee and leave their dying young
    To weep beside the corpses of their old
    In darkened shattered former homes where they
    Cannot refute the garbage we’ve been told
    By glib Israeli liars trained to spread
    A veil of darkness over crimes they’ve sold
    As “Peaceful Co-Existence” — with the dead.

    Michael Murry, “The Misfortune Teller,” Copyright 2009

  9. We hear rumors generally that people are oppressed in Iran, but have seen little specific evidence. We know for certain that Palestinians are not only oppressed but are killed, tortured, and forced out of their homes by Israeli forces, and day after day for 70 years we have seen specific evidence. It seems quite clear which of the two regimes is more rogue, more sadistic, more deserving of negative sanctions.

  10. As soon as Bobo and AIPAC started yelping to the congressmen they own, it was sealed. Israel and Aipac WANT to start WW III and want it to be nuclear ASAP. It’s the $ 20 TRILLION they can make on building anew on glass in the desert. Glass comes from heat on sand…

    What happens after that, they don’t care, as long as their congressional lapdogs just come in to clean up.

  11. Obviously, those–like Turley and others of his ilk–who support the annihilation of Jews and Israelis are in favor of “diplomacy” geared to helping Iran to develop and implement nuclear weapons. So naturally, in their view, Netanyahu is an obstacle to making Iran even more dangerous than it already is. The pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel crowd believes that supporting Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and every other anti-civilization group is the way to go. They like the Neville Chamberlain approach, or better still, just outright supporting the Nazis to begin with. I’ve got your number. Call it “diplomacy,” but we know what you really mean.

  12. Ralph and Joe do a great job of demonstrating the complete lack of logic needed to oppose an agreement with Iran. Ralph forms something akin to swamp gas into words to form his deranged accusations. Joe just pretends up is down and thankfully stops there. I thank them both for underscoring the sheer lunacy required to oppose progress.

  13. Ralph Adamo has trotted out practically every thought-terminating cliche imaginable, exhaled in a tone of hysterical chutzpah — i.e., unmitigated gall — and wrapped in a litany of lunatic libels against those with well-established and cogent criticisms of the Apartheid Zionist Entity (or Tenth Crusade). When the A.Z.E. allows international inspectors into its own nuclear power and nuclear weapons programs, then its apoplectic apologists can begin to talk about Iran which has every right to peaceful nuclear power and hasn’t a single atomic bomb. Otherwise they need to S.T.F.U.

  14. Lrobby99 and Michael Murry–like I said, “I’ve got your number.” Let’s get the “Zionazis,” right? And don’t pretend that you don’t think otherwise. As you see it, they pose obstacles to the great peace efforts of the Muslim Brotherhood, etc., who have made wonderful contributions to civilization, unlike those sandflea Israelis who have done nothing for civilization and have stolen everything that they have. You may be right…..on the Planet Bizarrro, that is.

  15. However, it is relatively rare in our system to see a direct effort to block a diplomatic mission, particularly at the encouragement of a foreign leader.

    Acting in the interests of a foreign nation at the detriment of your own national interests is called treason.

  16. roflmaoooooooooooooooo wow didnt think i would get my usual laugh.. thanks ralph and joe. hope you enjoy your ride on the fema train.. unless you have rh negative genes you’re a goyim even more then the rest of us as far as israel is concerned but hey like the man max blumenthal said… try telling them the truth and they react with ioachate fury. rather then admit everything they’ve been told and know. is a lie. as long as they have people like you they will continue to think THEY OWN AND RUN THE WORLD

  17. Nate, You must have a short memory or missed the video of the Palestinians literally dancing in the streets when they got the news of the World Trade Centers on 9/11. F—KEM

  18. Rev. Manning Believes the CIA will Assassinate Obama:

    Obama might want to consider getting into the witness protection program where he can start singing like a bird to save his life.

    Obama knows what the CIA did to President Kennedy !!

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