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You'd think this is February 2003, not February 2013, if you read the resolution to be introduced by Little Lindsay Graham and Dominican Bob Menendez.  Just substituting Iran for Iraq:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in the coming days plan to unveil a new joint resolution to “strongly support the full implementation of United States and international sanctions on Iran and to urge the President to continue to strengthen enforcement of sanctions legislation.” Couched in such seemingly benign language, the resolution saves its most worrisome clauses for the end, including an open-ended policy of U.S. support for any Israeli strike against Iran:

Urges that, if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.

While the joint resolution is not binding, as was the IWR, it nonetheless puts the U.S. on record as supporting a military attack on Iran, tantamount to a declaration of war, and puts pressure on the administration to support a military attack on Iran, if not actually participate in one, or else face the wrath of congress.

And it's no coincidence that this resolution is being introduced on the eve of the AIPAC conference in Washington this weekend.  More war pressure will be generated by the noise generated form that get together.

Meanwhile, does anyone in Washington care that there is a country with a nuclear weapon that has actually threatened the U.S.?  You know, North Korea.  Nary a peep about it.  But Iran, which has not threatened the U.S., and is too far to launch such a weapon against the U.S., is dominating the discussion.  A classic case of misplaced priorities.

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