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  •  Insightful Must-Read article from today's Guardian (14+ / 0-)

    Invading Iraq was dumb enough. Now Congress wants to derail the Iran deal:

    The diplomatic bargain struck by the United States and Iran this week is the Obama administration's greatest diplomatic triumph. Efforts by the US Congress to derail it would, if successful, constitute a self-inflicted strategic wound even more myopic than its vote to endorse the 2003 invasion of Iraq. That vote, after all, was only endorsing a mistaken policy set in the White House. This one would be a rebellion against a White House decision that promises great benefits to the United States. . . .

    Hostility toward Iran may not be the silliest of all American foreign policies –that would probably be the continuing trade embargo of Cuba – but it is undoubtedly the most self-defeating. No step the United States could take anywhere in the world would bring strategic benefits as great as détente with Iran. It has tantalizing potential. Iran's interest in stabilizing the violence-torn countries on its eastern and western borders, Iraq and Afghanistan, closely parallels that of the United States. . . .

    Iran can help douse fires that threaten to engulf the Middle East and surrounding regions. But those fires, awful as they are, do not truly threaten the United States. One development in that part of the world, however, has devastated Iranian society and is killing Americans every day: heroin trafficking. Nearly all the world's heroin comes from poppies grown in Afghanistan. In recent years heroin addiction has become a full-blown national crisis in Iran, and last week Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont asserted in a dramatic speech that his state, like others in the US, is facing a "full-blown heroin crisis". That makes the Afghan heroin trade and the metastasizing violence of al-Qaida two enemies that threaten both the US and Iran. If these two countries can begin working together, they will be more able to confront these two scourges than either could do alone.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 03:49:08 PM PST

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    •  No one ever lost money betting on (3+ / 0-)
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      the collective  ineffable stupidity of Congress.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 04:15:42 PM PST

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    •  And this from the same article... (8+ / 0-)

      ...the emphasis is mine.

      It is a safe bet that many of members of Congress, including more than a few of the 59 senators now trying to kill the US-Iran peace process, would struggle to identify Iran on a map. Many, however, cling to the belief that the only true test of any American foreign policy is whether Israeli leaders support it. The Israel lobby in Washington has turned the Iran deal into a life-or-death struggle. It is no accident that leaders of the war party, like Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, have received huge amounts of campaign money from that lobby. Nor is it strange that Hillary Clinton, who is eager for the lobby's support in her upcoming presidential campaign, has been deafeningly silent on this issue.
      Kinda makes you think about who you'll vote for in the next presidential primary.  It does for me, anyway.

      Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

      by rbird on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 04:15:54 PM PST

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        by divineorder on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 04:56:35 PM PST

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      •  Democratic Senators morphing into war hawks? (0+ / 0-)

        I'm really disgusted that democratic senators are supporting additional sanctions on Iran.  I didn't work hard for my 2 democratic senator's re-election so they could turn into right wing war mongers.   Imposing additional sanctions just when a negotiated solution seems possible is a deliberate effort to provoke Iran, and a deliberate effort to sabotage a diplomatic solution.    

        Even former Congresswoman Jane Harmon, (Jewish) who has earned a reputation as an expert on the Middle East, commented on CNN's Situation Room Wednesday that those Senators who support additional sanctions are doing it at Israel's behest.  They are receiving relentless pressure from AIPAC.  Those Senators need to be receiving relentless pressure from the voters in their states and from those who spent many hours working on their campaigns.  

        •  A little objection. (0+ / 0-)

           I'm glad the neocons and other friends of Israel's right wing are showing their true colors. but I think we are mistaken if we equate the positions taken by Israel and its people with that of the right wing element now dominating their government.  For example, many Israelis object to their government's policies toward the Palestinian people in the West Bank.  Some have joined forces with Palestinians demanding a change in these policies.  They are not the warmongers that others, especially their religious right, have been electing lately.  
            Similarly, we should be aware that the "Israeli lobby" such as AIPAC and Bnai Brith, do not represent Israel's interests.  Firstly, they are not in the employ of the Israeli government, and so are not lobbyists in the literal sense.  Most importantly, they are aligned with the right wing hawks in Israel.  And as I said, the latter do not represent the views of the Israeli people as a whole.  Despite the lobby's claims, their notions of what constitutes Israel's interests are their own.
            Although you have not said so, the lobby does  represent the views of American Jews taken as a whole.  Like the Israelis, the Jewish community in the US encompasses a wide spectrum of views and political allegiances, and this diversity extends to their attitudes toward Israel and what constitutes Israeli and American interests.
            In other words, the monolithic block we call the "Jewish vote" is a myth and myths only have a power commensurate with our belief in them.  In failing to recognize this simple fact, therefore fearing an enemy of exaggerated electoral strength, our representatives in government give the lobbies a power they otherwise would not have and don't deserve.  

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