This is a bad sign, and another indication of how the Michael Gordon articles have the potential to allow Bush/Cheney to take us to war against Iran. It is astonishing that Democrats feel that they have to appear warlike.
The Senate Wednesday put aside a growing schism over the conduct of the Iraq war and rallied around a strongly-worded warning to Iran authored by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.
The measure, an amendment to the defense spending bill, illustrates both growing concern lawmakers have about Iran’s aggression and uncertainly about what to do. It passed in a 97-0 vote after Lieberman agreed to include a provision that nothing in his measure “shall be construed to authorize or otherwise speak to the use of armed forces against Iran.”
Lieberman has been almost a lone Senate voice in recent weeks protesting Iran’s actions against American troops, suggesting that the U.S. should be prepared to use military force if necessary. Congress is not prepared to go that far at this point, but members did want to make a strong, bipartisan statement.