Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sanctioning Ourselves

Hurting US economic interests.

Bringing the US closer to war with a country that is no threat to us.

Putting US lives in danger.

Just another day at the office for the neocon occupied territory that is congress.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress signaled its disapproval of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a vote Tuesday to tighten sanctions against his government and a call to designate his army a terrorist group.

The swift rebuke was a rare display of bipartisan cooperation in a Congress bitterly divided on the Iraq war. It reflected lawmakers' long-standing nervousness about Tehran's intentions in the region, particularly toward Israel—a sentiment fueled by the pro-Israeli lobby whose influence reaches across party lines in Congress.

"Iran faces a choice between a very big carrot and a very sharp stick," said Rep. Tom Lantos, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "It is my hope that they will take the carrot. But today, we are putting the stick in place."

The House passed, by a 397-16 vote, a proposal by Lantos, D-Calif., aimed at blocking foreign investment in Iran, in particular its lucrative energy sector. The bill would specifically bar the president from waiving U.S. sanctions.

The pressure from AIPAC must be so intense that even the AP felt it had to be acknowledged.

Also, see opposition to a similar bill proposed by Lieberman in the Senate from Jim Webb here.

“At best, it’s a deliberate attempt to divert attention from a failed diplomatic policy,” said Webb. “At worst, it could be read as a back door method of gaining Congressional validation for military action, without one hearing and without serious debate.”



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