Hardly noticed in all the political drama leading up to Congressional action on the Iraq war spending bill is a provision proposed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi which would, according to Congressional Quarterly:
…With some exceptions, require the president to seek congressional approval before using military force in Iran.
So who do you think opposes this? I’ll give you one guess…AIPAC of course:
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.
Everyone in this country including Republicans in D.C. (note Bob Mueller’s abject apology today about FBI snooping) have noted that the Bush agenda is on the wane. Only AIPAC hasn’t yet received the memo. It’s one of the few lobbying groups that’s trying to roll the boulder back up the hill. Political momentum has turned against endless Mideast war; against unbridled presidential war powers, etc. Yet here’s AIPAC trying to turn the clock back.
As M.J. Rosenberg wrote:
The blogosphere really has a job to do on this one. Back Pelosi. Keep the language in there. Let them know we are paying attention.
M.J. also brings the “welcome” news that AIPAC’s annual national policy conference, when all of Congress and the executive branch must bow down and pay obeisance before the assembled multitude, happens this weekend. I can almost feel Michael Ledeen’s fiery breath singing my eyebrows–as he calls for war against Iran–all the way out here in Seattle. 6,000 Jews looking for a war that they think will protect Israel, but which, in reality, will embroil both the U.S. and Israel in even deeper and more insoluble violence for years to come.