AIPAC wrote anti-Iran bill: more of the same.

Every step taken by AIPAC, Israel, and the US toward military solutions to the Israel/Palestine problem is counterproductive, and in the long run will have to be retraced, in more blood. It is not in the US interests to participate in proxy “preventative” wars and “revenge wars” against Arab countries, in order to supposedly make the region safer for Israel. The models for the US’ use of torture, “preventative” war, rendition, and assassination can be found in Israel’s tactics against the Palestinians. The adoption of these methods by the US following the 9/11 attack has turned our country, formerly the beacon of the free world, into a hated purveyor of oppression and occupation.

Asia Times is reporting that the Lieberman-Kyl bill was written by the powerful Zionist lobbying group:

In fact, the first call for cross-border attacks on Iranian targets was made by the Senate’s “independent” Democrat, Joseph Lieberman, who is regarded as particularly close to the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Indeed, it was Lieberman and Republican Senator John Kyl – an honorary co-chair of the pro-Likud Committee on the Present Danger – who co-sponsored the Senate amendment naming the IRGC as a terrorist group in an effort clearly designed to help tilt the internal balance within the administration.

As introduced, the amendment, which according to several Capitol Hill sources was drafted by AIPAC, actually went considerably further, deploying language that some senators argued could be interpreted as authorizing war against Iran.

Ezra Klein:

The Senate’s adoption of the Lieberman/Kyl amendment designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “terrorist group” isn’t merely embarrassing, it’s counterproductive. Designating the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group — which in contemporary American terms means they’re a target — makes it all the more important for Iran to keep us tied up and weakened in Iraq. The more we telegraph that we’d like to devote forces to regime change or strikes in Tehran, the stronger Iran’s incentive to keep Iraq an unstable morass trapping ever-greater numbers of American troops who can’t be easily diverted from a chaotic mission and are geographically vulnerable to Iranian counter-attack.

Additionally, it further ensures Iran’s incentive is to keep Iran from becoming stable under American protection and thus a platform from which we can safely launch attacks on the Iranian state. Iran will never allow Iraq to stabilize so long as Iraqi stability degrades the safety of the Iranian regime. And given that Iraq is Shi’ite, Iran is Shi’ite, and America is not, Tehran’s got a whole lot more pull there than we do. So not only is the Lieberman/Kyl amendment bad policy vis-a-vis Iran, but it’s terrible policy for stabilizing Iraq — which Lieberman professes to care about. “Professes” being the key word there.

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