May 18, 2012
Following comments made by the U.S. ambassador to Israel earlier in the week, the House has introduced H.R. 568, legislation designed to scuttle any significant talks with Iran.
According to Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich, “Congress is considering two pieces of legislation relating to Iran. The first undermines a diplomatic solution with Iran and lowers the bar for war. The second authorizes a war of choice against Iran and begins military preparations for it.”
Section 6 of the bill “rejects any United States policy that would rely on efforts to contain a nuclear weapons-capable Iran. Section (7) urges the President to reaffirm the unacceptability of an Iran with nuclear-weapons capability and opposition to any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to Iranian enrichment.”
In other words, the legislation would sabotage talks with Iran that are scheduled for May 23 and all but ensure an attack on the country.
The new legislation draws a “red line” for military action at Iran obtaining “nuclear capability” as opposed to developing nuclear weapons, a new demarcation that would include Iran’s development of nuclear medicine and energy. Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran is permitted to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
This conspicuous lowering of the bar is required if an attack is to take place. The IAEA, the CIA and Mossad, and Obama’s Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, have all stated that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons at this time.
In addition, Kucinich notes that H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act, begins military preparations for war. Section 1221 makes military action against Iran a U.S. policy, while Section 1222 directs the Pentagon to prepare for war.
“A plain reading of these provisions in H.R. 4310 taken together with H.R. 568 makes it clear: Congress is setting the stage for war with Iran,” he warns.
On May 16, we reported U.S. ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shaprio, told a closed conference in Tel Aviv that the United States has completed preparations for a military strike on Iran. His comments were recorded by a reporter and aired on Israel’s Channel 2 TV and scantily reported in the United States.