by: MJ Rosenberg on August 6th, 2013 | 14 Comments »
Yesterday Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) released the letter he sent to President Obama urging more sanctions on the Iranian people to prevent a nuclear Iran and, failing that, to get ready for war. It’s the same old, same old with the added element that AIPAC/Israel/Congress is doing this to deter any diplomacy that might resolve the issue now that Iran has a more moderate new president.
The following is the letter with the names of the 76 senators attached. It hardly needs stating that the motivation of the 76 is to please AIPAC in order to raise money from its donors. There is no other reason for taking this action now just days after the new president of Iran takes office. In short, each of these senators are putting campaign dollars before the national interest although I give a pass to the Republicans who honestly believe that war cures all ills. The Democrats don’t, except in cases that involve Israel (actually AIPAC). Here’s the letter and the list of the 76 AIPAC owned senators.
Note Feinstein, Levin, Sanders (all Jews, incidentally) did not sign letter. Warren, Franken, Sherrod Brown, Kaine and most of other progressives did. I suggest they visit Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington immediately, certainly before they sign another AIPAC/war letter. (They will sign it anyway).
By the way, this is probably one of the last AIPAC vehicles without Cory Booker as lead sponsor. New Jersey’s next senator IS AIPAC.
His House equivalent will continue to be Debbie Wasserman Schultz who once told me, “I’m AIPAC.”
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Dear Mr. President:
With the election of Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian people signaled their clear dissatisfaction with Iran’s government and its policies. We hope such a surprising and convincing electoral outcome will persuade Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to abandon Iran’s nuclear weapons quest. But until we see a significant slowdown of Iran’s nuclear activities, we believe our nation must toughen sanctions and reinforce the credibility of our option to use military force at the same time as we fully explore a diplomatic solution to our dispute with Iran.
We deeply sympathize with the plight of the Iranian people, who have suffered under the Khamenei regime. We note that President-elect Rouhani has pledged re-engagement with the P5+1 and promised to bring transparency to Iran’s nuclear program. At the same time, Iran has used negotiations in the past to stall for time, and in any event, Khamenei is the ultimate decision-maker for Iran’s nuclear program. Moreover, Iran today continues its large-scale installation of advanced centrifuges. This will soon put it in the position to be able to rapidly produce weapons-grade uranium, bringing Tehran to the brink of a nuclear weapons capability.
Accordingly, Mr. President, we urge you to bring a renewed sense of urgency to the process. We need to understand quickly whether Tehran is at last ready to negotiate seriously. Iran needs to understand that the time for diplomacy is nearing its end. We implore you to demand immediate serious moves on Iran’s part. Iran should move quickly toward compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding it suspend enrichment. Iran must cease installing centrifuges, agree to the removal of 20 percent enriched uranium from Iran, and cease work on the heavy water reactor being built in Arak.
We believe there are four strategic elements necessary to achieve resolution of this issue: an explicit and continuing message that we will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapons capability, a sincere demonstration of openness to negotiations, the maintenance and toughening of sanctions, and a convincing threat of the use of force that Iran will believe. We must be prepared to act, and Iran must see that we are prepared.
Mr. President, we share your conviction that Iran must not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. We want you to know that you will have our support in doing all you can to resolve on an urgent basis this most pressing challenge to international security.
Senator Robert Menendez
Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Robert P. Casey Jr.
Senator Roy Blunt
Senator Tim Kaine
Senator Kelly Ayotte
List of Cosigners (76)
10. Ron Johnson