November 9, 2007


Can Congress Stop Bush on Iran? Does It Want To?: A few weeks ago, lawmakers in effect gave the administration carte blanche to attack Iran. Now a few members are trying to take it backā€”or at least add a P.S. (Brian Beutler, 11/09/07, The Media Consortium)

In the past month, President Bush and his allies in the Congress have set Washington once again buzzing with speculation about the administration's end game for Iran. But as everyone from antiwar activists to military insiders wring their hands over the White House's intentions, a lonely handful of Democratic legislators are working to wedge Congress between the administration and Tehran.

Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney and Virginia Sen. Jim Web have emerged as early leaders. Their efforts have drawn mostly tepid support from their colleagues, in both parties. [...]

In 1998, during a politically fraught moment in United States history, Congress passed, and President Bill Clinton signed into law, the Iraq Liberation Act, which made ending Saddam Hussein's regime an official U.S. policy goal. The legislation said: "It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq."

Nine years later, Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), and Joe Lieberman, (I-Conn.), attached an eerily similar amendment to the 2008 defense spending bill, which passed with overwhelming support. "It should be the policy of the United States," the Kyl-Lieberman amendment reads, "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." This should be accomplished, according to the language, with the "use of all instruments of United States national power in Iraq, including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military instruments."

Even the Left hates the regime in Iran.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2007 8:04 AM

Jim Webb really has become a castrati, hasn't he?

Posted by: ratbert at November 9, 2007 8:16 AM

Anyone have any insight into what's going on with him?

Posted by: Benny at November 9, 2007 2:22 PM

Webb thinks the highest duty of the American soldier is to stay locked inside a secure fort, away from the Indians.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 9, 2007 7:27 PM