Bill To Pre-Emptively Attack Iran Introduced In Congress

Credit – Salon



Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) recently introduced a bill that would enable to US to invade Iran for the stated purpose of preventing it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

During the 2016 election, Donald Trump seemed to be the “anti-war” candidate compared to his then-opponent Hillary Clinton, especially when he spoke out against US interventionism and pledged to heal ties with Russia. Though ties with Russia have smoothed over since Trump took office, Trump has taken a more militaristic tone with some other foreign powers as evidenced by his recent statements and actions regarding both Iran and China. While the rise of antagonism between the US and these regional powers is troubling for a variety of reasons, just as troubling is the gusto with which some US congressmen are working to advance the “inevitability” of a military conflict between them.

Earlier this month, Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduced H.J.Res. 10 or the “Authorization of Use of Force Against Iran Resolution.” Taken at face value, the bill appears to allow the President to authorize military force against Iran, which is bad enough. Yet, the text of the bill goes further – it authorizes the president to launch a “pre-emptive” war with the Middle Eastern nation without requiring Congressional approval and without the necessity of Iran having actually committed any action that would warrant a full-scale invasion. Specifically, the text of the bill states that: “The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as the President determines necessary and appropriate in order to achieve the goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.”

Considering Trump and his national security team’s hostility towards Iran, it seems likely that – if passed – the bill could be used as a “blank check” to realize many of the threats that have already been made. As soon as Trump was officially inaugurated, his administration announced its plans to develop a “state of the art” missile defense system intended to prevent attacks launched specifically from North Korea or Iran. While the inclusion of North Korea is more easily justified, the Iranian defense shield is a hawkish move given that Iran has not acted aggressively towards the U.S. In addition, both the CIA and Israeli intelligence have confirmed that Iran has no nuclear weapons program nor has it ever been interested in one.

However, Trump’s stance on Iran, as well as that of many other US politicians, is not influenced by Iran’s actions, but by Israel’s. Trump’s ties to Israel have become decidedly closer in the months since his election, likely owing to Trump’s chief strategist – Steve Bannon – being a “passionate Zionist” and Vice President Mike Pence’s strongly pro-Israel views. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently said, the state of Israel’s “supreme goal” is the containment of Iran, suggesting that the US politicians who have aligned themselves with Israel also share this vision.

Though Iran’s disdain for Israel is clear, Israel has pursued its goal of “containment” in militaristic fashion, with over 200 Israeli nuclear weapons currently pointed at Iran’s capital Tehran. Israel’s government expects the same tactics from those U.S. politicians most sympathetic to its cause. It should also come as no surprise, then, that the same author of this “pre-emptive war” with Iran resolution, Congressman Alcee Hastings, received over $70,000 from the Pro-Israel lobby last election cycle. This bill and the militant posturing against Iran within US politics is a clear sign that Israel’s influence continues to overpower the national interest.

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  1. In addition, both the CIA and Israeli intelligence have confirmed that Iran has no nuclear weapons program nor has it ever been interested in one.

    this is utter bullshit, since when did anon become a propaganda bullshit machine… Iran didnt want nukes – lmfao yeah u believe that all u want

  2. Iran should have been told to allow inspection without notice of all its nuclear sites ten years ago.

    If they refused, America should have taken out a couple of sites and told the Iranians if they attempted to rebuild or repair America would repeat the dose.

    Iran should have again been told to allow inspection without notice of all its nuclear sites.

    Problem solved. Cheap, very few casualties and no nuclear threat ever again from a country run by mad clerics.

    • Iran is a sovereign nation with every right to develop whatever weapons it wishes. I’m not worried about “Mad” clerics; I’m worried about mad (sociopathic) billionaires and corporatists, who want to overthrow one of the few remaining countries not controlled by international (private) bankers. **Terrorism** my ass; Iran doesn’t hold a candle to the havoc wreaked by U.S. and Israeli (Zionist) foreign policy. We have no business opposing Iran at all. Readers who think Iran is populated by hostile extremists need to watch this video, TWICE:

  3. The Left needs to wake up to the fact that all the pink hats in the world aren’t going to cut it–we need to get serious about protesting *actual policies*–not simply “people,” and not just Republicans At this point, US Imperialism has gone unchecked for so long that getting US foreign policy under control is really the most critical issue we’re facing. (Where do we think the refugees are coming from, anyway? How many well-intentioned Trump-protesters even realize that Iran is the only one on his list that we haven’t been bombing? Hello?)

  4. if you actually click that bill it says it was introduced on the 3rd of january, which is before trump was even inaugurated… just saying y’all should maybe read the links you post BEFORE you post them

  5. Well they ain’t going to get UK help – at the moment there are only 450 service personnel there (Afghanistan). And, it should be noted that, according to the report, it is a a Democrat who has introduced the amendment – not a Republican.

  6. I think there are rather more pressing problems for America and Britain to consider at this moment in time, rather than plotting the best way to put a Rothschild bank in yet another country,

  7. Can’t see why other nations can’t have nuclear weapons when the USA and other have them, why is the us always the one complaining


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