Washington - Republicans Offer Israel Green Light to Bomb Iran
Washington - Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert introduced this week House Resolution 1553 which supports the right of Israel to “use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran…” The resolution is co-sponsored by 46 Congressmen, all Republicans. The resolution was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and will probably not be brought before the full House as long as the Democrats control that legislative body.
Resolutions are not acts of Congress. Rather, they express the sentiment of Congress. H. Res. 1553 asserts in the preamble the right of Israel to use whatever force is necessary to repel any threats from Iran, including military force. The tone of the preamble does not preclude a unilateral, preemptive strike by Israel.
Clause one of the resolution links the United States and Israel, condemning Iran “for its continued support of international terrorism, and for its incitement of genocide of the Israeli people…” It should be noted that the recently publicized documents on the war in Afghanistan, posted on the internet by Wikileaks on July 25, 2010, corroborate the charge of Iranian support of terrorism.
At least one of the leaks publicized by media sources notes that heat-seeking missiles used to bring down coalition helicopters originated in Iran. If more such connections are made as analysts sift through the voluminous material, H. Res. 1553 may become more appealing.
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