Skip to comments.Lindsey Graham Still Wants to Go to War (Against Iran)
Posted on 09/17/2013 3:23:49 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
This summer produced a triumph of American patriotism.
A grassroots coalition arose to demand Congress veto any war on Syria. Congress got the message and was ready to vote no to war, when President Obama seized upon Vladimir Putins offer to work together to disarm Syria of chemical weapons.
The war America did not want did not come.
Lindsey Graham is determined that this does not happen again.
The next war he and his collaborators are planning, the big one, the war on Iran, will not be blocked the same way.
How does Graham propose to do this?
He plans to introduce a use-of-force resolution, a peacetime declaration of war on Iran, to ensure Obama need not come back to Congress and can attack Iran at will. Lindsay intends a preemptive surrender of Congress constitutional war-making power to Obama.
He wants to give Obama a blank check for war on Iran, then stampede Obama into starting the war.
On Foxs Huckabee Sunday, Lindsey laid out his scheme:
Im going to get a bipartisan coalition together. Were going to put together a use-of-force resolution, allowing our country to use military force to stop the Iranian nuclear program. Im going to need your help, Mike, and the help of Americans and friends of Israel.
In July, Graham told a cheering conference of Christians United for Israel: If nothing changes in Iran, come September, October, I will present a resolution that will authorize the use of military force to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.
That Graham is braying that he intends to give Obama a blank check for war on Iran is not all bad news. For he thus concedes Obama does not now have the authority to attack Iran.
And by equating Irans nuclear program with a nuclear bomb program, Graham reveals that his bottom line is not Obamas bottom line, but Benjamin Netanyahus.
Obama has said only that Iran must not be allowed to build a bomb. Bibi says Iran must not have a nuclear program.
Yet, make no mistake. The goal of Graham, the neocons, Israel and Saudi Arabia is not a negotiated solution permitting a peaceful nuclear program in Iran. The goal is a U.S. war to smash Iran.
On Nov. 10, 2010, Graham let it all out: Instead of a surgical strike on their nuclear infrastructure, I think were to the point now that you have to really neuter the regimes ability to wage war against us and our allies. [We must] destroy the ability of the regime to strike back.
Graham wants us to do to Iran what President Bush II did to Iraq.
But there are obstacles in our warlords path.
First, there is no conclusive proof Iran has decided to build a bomb.
Twice, the U.S. intelligence community, in 2007 and 2011, has asserted with high confidence that Iran has made no such decision.
Senators who do not seek a new war with Iran should call James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, to testify publicly as to whether Iran is racing toward a bomb. Or is this the usual War Party propaganda?
As of today, Iran has not tested a bomb and, to our knowledge, does not possess any uranium enriched to the 90 percent necessary to build a bomb. Indeed, Iran has just announced that half its supply of 20 percent-enriched uranium has been converted to fuel rods.
Irans new president, Hassan Rouhani, was elected on a pledge to get U.S. sanctions lifted and to end Irans isolation. But to accomplish this, he must prove that Iran has no active bomb program and that he is willing to allowing intrusive inspections to prove it.
As a first step to negotiations, Rouhani just appointed the most pro-American foreign minister in four decades.
Moreover, Iran, victim of the worst poison gas attack since Benito Mussolini invaded Ethiopia, launched by Saddam Hussein with U.S. knowledge, has condemned any Syrian use of chemical weapons and signed the agreement banning them as well the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The Ayatollah has issued a fatwa against an Iranian nuclear weapon.
Often, the interests of adversaries coincide. In World War II, with Hitler as the enemy, the monster Stalin becomes an ally.
Putin wants no U.S. war on Syria or Iran. This requires no chemical weapons use in Syria and no nukes in Iran. This coincides with U.S. interests, if not Lindsey Grahams.
The Russians, with ties to Tehran and Damascus we do not have, can be helpful in keeping us out of wars we do not want.
The true friends of America are those seeking to keep us out of wars, not those maneuvering us in.
That Vladimir Putin is going to Tehran, and Obama to the U.N. to meet Rouhani is good news.
Better news would be that Congressional anti-interventionists were meeting Grahams war resolution with one of their own, reaffirming that, as of today, Obama has no authority to launch any preemptive or presidential war on Iran.
Not with the kenyan as CIC.
I can picture him sitting in a bar in a hotel
, all by bimself, at a low table, scotch in his hand, mumbling, shaking his head, ‘but, but, but’
His days as a statesman were over that cold day in December 1998, when his team failed at removing Clinton from office
We suspected a deal then, and McCain was a huge part of that group
It’s over, Linsey. We’re still sick of you republicans riding on the coattails of Reagan, while you espouse everything he was against. We still expect constitutional protection, and we remain as always sick of the compromising and disgusting deals
I disagree. I think Obama could be very accomidating toward the wishes of his Saudi friends agasinst Iran.
Every time I see that photo, I could bite a nail in half.
The president of the United States ........... kowtowing.
If Linseed Graham wishes for the United States to go to war he should be willing to himself on point.
I’m not willing to see one more American Troop killed for these vile souls occupying the White House.
The only time this country should get into a war is to protect Our national security.Not to repair the Damage to the image of the worst pResident in the history of the United States.
JMO, but I don’t think Senator Graham wants to be associated in any way with a “beaver”.
Those slimy saudis should have been our first target in the so-called War On Terror.
I’m sure that the neo-con fascists and Soros useful idiots are thrilled that Graham wants to go to war with sons and daughters who aren’t his.
Graham is dead meat here in South Carolina. He refuses to show his pretty face at townhall meetings. When he does grace us with his presence, he does so with a platoon of armed Pretorian guards.
This is Lindsey’s last term in the senate.
Iran makes slightly more sense than Syria. At least attacking Iran is getting at the nexus of terrorism.
I have some contacts in South Carolina, and they all say that Linda will lose re-election. Linda is toast.
That attacking Syria is not in the national interests of the USA does not in and of itself mean attacking Iran is not.
Not necessarily in favor of attacking Iran, merely pointing out the logical fallacy in this argument.
You go, girl, uhh uhh, boy? Never mind!
POTUS who is also POTMB
Light in the loafers should strap a bomb to himself and go to Iran and detonate it in true islamic style!
“I have some contacts in South Carolina, and they all say that Linda will lose re-election. Linda is toast.”
Your contacts are straight arrows. The patriots here in SC have driven down Graham’s approval numbers from 71% to 41% in the past 18 months. But we can’t rest and need to keep taking the fight to Graham.
Thanks for your support.