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If you liked the Iraq premptive war, you'll love what AIPAC wants for Iran.

I found a very disturbing article in The Congressional Quarterly concerning the current effort by House Democrats to pass a bill on Iraq but also with a provision to require Bush to get Congressional approval to attack Iran. AIPAC is working some of the Democratic house members to delete the Congressional approval for an attack on Iran. In effect, AIPAC and it's congressional supporters are lobbying to give Bush the approval to attack Iran whenever he feels like it. THIS MUST BE STOPPED! It's time to mobilize and support Pelosi in order to retain the Iran provision.

Here is the article from GQ:

CQ TODAY -- March 8, 2007
By Jonathan Allen, CQ Staff

Hawkish pro-Israel lawmakers are pushing to strike a provision slated for the war spending bill that would, with some exceptions, require the president to seek congressional approval before using military force in Iran.

The influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee also is working to keep the language out, said an aide to a pro- Israel lawmaker.

The language is likely to spark an internal battle among House Democrats, some of whom fear an expansion of the Iraq War into Iran and others who are wary of sending a signal to Tehran that Congress wants to take the use of force off the table.

Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois predicted that the language would ultimately not be included in the supplemental on the House side, although it is favored by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; John P. Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee; and some Jewish lawmakers.

Emanuel said opposition could extend beyond pro-Israel lawmakers. "‘Keep this all about Iraq’ is the view," he said.

But a Democratic leadership aide said there are no plans to remove the provision.

"There’s heat," the leadership aide acknowledged. "We’ve heard their concerns, but we think it’s likely to remain on the bill."

Originally posted to oldpruguy on Fri Mar 09, 2007 at 11:29 AM PST.


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