According to the latest count from MoveOn, pro-war senators are just eight co-sponsors shy of having enough votes to override a promised presidential veto of their dangerous new Iran sanctions legislation. If that bill becomes law – perhaps even if it passes Congress without enough votes to over-ride a veto – it will torpedo the delicate negotiations between the U.S. and Iran.
Because of overwhelming public sentiment against another war in the Middle East, the war hawks are hiding their real aims - a fact that even administration spokespeople are calling out. Here's Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman for the White House: "If certain members of Congress want the U.S. to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so."
War Times has assembled a collection of articles and calls to action on the intensifying conflict in US politics over war or peace with Iran.
In his recently published Month In ReviewRami El-Amine takes stock of the Arab revolutions three years on and highlights the importance of an agreement with Iran for de-escalating sectarian conflict in the Middle East.
Also on war-times.org, Greg Hom gives us "3 Urgent Reasons to Step Up Efforts for Diplomacy With Iran." noting that
"even as voices across the globe have hailed the steps toward peace, powerful U.S. law-makers are taking steps that would undermine diplomacy, heightening tensions and the likelihood of military conflict."
For more on the bitter fight under way in Congress and the all-out pressure campaign being conducted by the Neocon/pro-Israel bloc, check out the following articles:
- Robert Naiman's latest assessment of the fight in Congress explores the prospects for stopping the hawks - if enough grassroots voices can be mobilized.
- Philip Weiss' report on the intense pressure being put on Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz by pro-Israel Jewish Federations in Florida.
- Jim Lobe's report on the latest Neocon Open Letter pressuring Congress to back AIPAC's Iran agenda
- Daily Kos calling out and calling for action against "The Warmongering Wing of the Democratic Party."
Pushback from the sick-of-war public is increasing. Boding well for this and future fights, theNational Iranian American Council is playing an ever-more prominent role and getting more active at the grassroots level. NAIC will kick off its first ever grassroots-led regional strategy at a Bay Area meeting this coming Sunday.
But it's not yet clear that public antiwar pressure is enough to force even 34 Senators to support their own President's diplomatic efforts, much less adopt the no-more-war, period stance of the current U.S. majority.
As Rami El-Amine wrote at the end of his column, "it’s critical that the grassroots opposition to U.S. intervention in Syria this past fall be remobilized around securing an agreement with Iran." It's time for all of us to take up this call to action.
The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the entire War Times project
Max Elbaum has worked with War Times since its founding. He has been involved in peace and anti-racist movements since joining Students for a Democratic Society (known as SDS) in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1960s. Through the 1970s and 1980s he participated in campaigns defending affirmative action and opposing U.S. military interventions in the Third World while writing extensively for the radical press and taking part in then-widespread efforts to construct a new US revolutionary political party.
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