No one anywhere in the US media seems to have noticed that on September 20th, 2007, Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) filed Amendment No. 3017 to the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization bill — which could come up for a vote today.
The Lieberman-Kyl Amendment reads, in part (emphasis added):
3) that it should be the policy of the United States to combat, contain, and roll back 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.
The policy of the U.S should be to “combat” Iran with “all” “military instruments”?!?
Do any of you honestly believe that Bush and Cheney won’t use this, the War Powers Act and the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations to Use Military Force, to say that they now have all the authority they need to attack Iran?
They’ve already talked Israel into attacking Syria (in airstrikes which have been the subject of an almost total news blackout) — I will guarantee you that an attack by Israel on Iranian nuclear sites, met by resistance from Iran, will be the excuse, backed by this amendment, for the administration to launch a new war in their final months in office. Then, the Republican candidates will run on a national-security/continuity-of-authority platform. It will happen.
Everyone needs to call and email their senators RIGHT NOW, before they pull another fast one and sneak this one through in the dead of the night. The Senate switchboard can be reached at 800 828-0498, 800 614 2803 or 866 340 9281.