(3) that it should be the policy of the United States 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
(4) to support the prudent
and calibrated use of all instruments of United States national power in Iraq,
including diplomatic, economic,
intelligence, and military instruments, in support of the policy
described in paragraph (3) with respect to the Government of the Islamic
Republic of Iran and its proxies.
If the Congress adopts this amendment, U.S.
policy would be to "combat" Iran with "all . . . military instruments." It is
imperative that this amendment be defeated.
As Bush and Cheney once again
go through the motions of diplomacy as they did during the run-up to war with
Iraq, they move steadily toward war. They would do well to heed the sentiments
of the Bipartisan Security Group, which advocates the Middle Powers Initiative.
That statement says, “Resolution of differences between the United States and
Iran through diplomatic means has become imperative. The catastrophe of Iraq
should inform us that the use of force under present circumstances will bring
even greater tragedy to the war-torn Middle East. Any threat to unilaterally use
overwhelming force is irresponsibly hazardous. There is no imminent threat posed
by Iran. There is a practical, legal and moral obligation to obtain security
through peaceful and law abiding means.”
The initiative points to the
United States’ hypocrisy of condemning Iran for seeking nuclear weapons while
maintaining the right to use nukes against Iran. “The United States and other
nuclear weapon states can more credibly insist on Iranian compliance with its
international obligations if they meet their own. To decry the Iranian potential
of developing nuclear weapons while brandishing arsenals of unimaginable
destructive capacity on launch-on-warning status is inconsistent . . .
Accordingly, the United States is required to renounce the use of nuclear
weapons against Iran rather than to maintain that ‘all options are on the
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