On May 22, 2008, Congress “expressed” its sense and passed a resolution that will no doubt start the process toward a confrontation with Iran. The following is the resolution.
Title: Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the threat posed to international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the vital national security interests of the United States by Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and regional hegemony, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] introduced 5/22/2008
Related Bills: S.RES.580
Latest Major Action: 5/22/2008 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Regional hegemony refers to the influence exercised over neighboring countries by an independently powerful nation, the regional hegemon. Regional hegemonies are small scale versions of global hegemons. Apparently, Congress has decided that Iran is the regional hegemon that needs to be dealt with next.
Didn’t we see a run-up to the invasion of Iraq with preliminary tactics like these? The Resolution itself is ludicrous. The Resolution contains three “threats”:
- Threat to international peace – What international peace? At any given time in any given corner of the world, genocide is being perpetrated and dictators (right and left) are crushing and slaughtering their citizens. Using terminology that includes “international” allows Congress once again to mislead and exaggerate the threat.
- Threat to stability in the Middle East – What stability in the Middle East? Israel and Hamas are at each other’s throats on a consistent basis and Iraq is far from stable. And remember, Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of regression.
- Threat to the vital national security interests of the United States – Oh, oh. Here we go again. What are our vital interests? Oil? Israel?
The Resolution is nothing more than a prelude to raising the specter of another “threat” which will require American intervention.
Of course, in order to avoid the appearance of weakness, the following Indiana representatives helped co-sponsor the Resolution:
Dan Burton (R)
Mark Souder (R)
Peter Visclosky (D)
Mike Pence (R)
I understand the three Republicans, but what was Visclosky thinking? And remember this is just the co-sponsoring. Heaven knows how many Democrats will again cave for the sake of appearance and vote in favor of the Resolution. I bet I know one who won’t – Dennis Kucinich.
Get ready. Another intervention is in the works – it is just a matter of time.