Obama WH: Pro-Sanctions Senators Should Admit They Want War With Iran

John Glaser, January 10, 2014

As Jason Ditz highlights in the news section today, congressional support for heaping additional sanctions on Iran, even as the interim deal plays out ahead of further negotiations on a final deal, is picking up in the Senate. Up to 58 senators have committed to voting yes on new sanctions, an action the Obama administration and Iranian negotiators have said would kill good faith negotiations.

But the Obama White House seems to be stepping up the rhetoric in opposition to the new sanctions bill. The Huffington Post: White House Dares Democratic Senators Pushing Iran Sanctions To Admit They Want War

“If certain members of Congress want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so,” Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Otherwise, it’s not clear why any member of Congress would support a bill that possibly closes the door on diplomacy and makes it more likely that the United States will have to choose between military options or allowing Iran’s nuclear program to proceed.”

The “certain members” the White House is referring to are led by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who is pushing legislation, backed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, that would tighten sanctions on the Iranian regime despite the ongoing negotiations.

Let’s remember that Iran and the P5+1 came to an historic deal in November which freezes or rolls back the entirety of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for meager sanctions relief and unfrozen assets. That deal lasts for 6-months while negotiators work to hammer out a more comprehensive and permanent agreement. This interim period is critical and new sanctions on Iran could destroy any chance for success, giving credibility to hardliners in Iran pushing to terminate talks.

“The threat of additional sanctions, at this critical juncture, could derail negotiations toward a peaceful solution,” writes Colin Kahl, associate professor in Georgetown University and former Obama administration official, in a recent piece for The National Interest.

In the piece, Kahl also mentions the underreported fact that this sanctions legislation “also defines congressionally acceptable parameters for a final deal that Iran experts almost universally believe are unachievable, namely the requirement that Iran completely dismantle its uranium enrichment program.”

Rouhani’s ability to forge elite consensus for the additional concessions required for a final nuclear deal hinges on his ability to deliver meaningful sanctions relief, not just avoid an increase in sanctions. Yet by imposing demands that Iran completely dismantle its enrichment program—which Khamenei, hardliners and the majority of the Iranian public view as unacceptable capitulation—prior to lifting U.S. sanctions, the proposed Senate legislation will make it extremely difficult for Rouhani to build a coalition in favor of further compromise.

The Obama White House, it pains me to say it, is exactly right on this one. Those members of Congress pushing for additional sanctions at this particularly sensitive time are rather transparently trying to sabotage the negotiations and set the U.S. back on the war path with Iran.




45 Responses to “Obama WH: Pro-Sanctions Senators Should Admit They Want War With Iran”

  1. Once again, the real culprit is AIPAC and the slimy congressmen and women who would send our kids off to die for a little campaign cash.

  2. Yes, the white house MUST choose between illegal sanctions against Iran to make them give up their rights (which they deserve far more than the USA and Israel) or military options. That's it. You can't just stop the sanctions and stop the USA's 60 year long stretch of imperial butchery and terrorism against Iran.

    Here's a review of Obama's record: http://empireslayer.blogspot.com/2013/11/obama-su

    What we are seeing is an excellent demonstration of a typical difference between most democrats and republicans. They see only two options: military imperialism or economic imperialism. Both are forms of aggression and terrorism, as they are collective punishment against a civilian population.

  3. "…any military operation against Iran will likely be very unpopular around the world and require the proper international context—both to ensure the logistical support the operation would require and to minimize the blowback from it. The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize support (however, grudging or covert) is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offer—one so good that only a regime determined to acquire nuclear weapons and acquire them for the wrong reasons would turn it down. Under those circumstances, the United States (or Israel) could portray its operations as taken in sorrow, not anger, and at least some in the international community would conclude that the Iranians “brought it on themselves” by refusing a very good deal."

    -Brookings Institution's 2009 "Which Path to Persia?" report, page 52

    Brookings is funded by Exxon Mobil, Dianne Feinstein, the US government, and others

    More on its Which Path to Persia report, here: http://empireslayer.blogspot.com/2013/10/if-iran-

  4. For one not blinded by ideology, it seems like a no-brainer that current negotiations should be given a chance. Most in the GOP are reflexively against Obama no matter what, so there's not much good we can expect from them. They hardly became anti-war on the Syrian strike. It was all about opposing Obama, although they did conveniently use public opinion as a cover.. But the Dem Senators, especially, should be ashamed for undercutting their party's leader at such a critical time. They are showing where their true loyalty lies – and it's not with the US. Some would call them traitors.

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  6. It appears that in 2014, we are very soon about to repeat the mistakes of 1914 when the world plunged into an abyss we never have really gotten out of. This time it will be at the direction of our Israeli puppet masters and their Amen Corner in Congress. One can hope that as in the case of Syria, the American public will see this legislation for what it really is, a prelude to what will quickly morph into WWIII, and give a loud and resounding "No," to the war being prepared for them and which they will be paying for, and their sons and daughters will be dragooned to go fight in. All for Israel's sake.

  7. We should be arresting the fifth columnists that are AIPAC and sending off the slimy congressmen and wome to go fight in this war they are preparing to unleash, that will then draw in China and Russia, and soon after, morph into WWIII.

  8. The White House could also point out that new sanctions out of Congress would also have the effect of breaking the sanctions. Sanctions that are clearly intended to derail what the rest of the world sees as a reasonable negotiation would expose and isolate the United States, and even the Europeans- let alone the Chinese and Russians- would simply toss aside the sanctions at that point.

    The biggest threat to the sanctions is this overreach on sanctions.

  9. Just like the US government pushed Japan into attacking in 1941 – in order to have an excuse to enter the war -, the Senate is now doing the same in respect of Iran. It only goes to prove that the US is the greatest threat to peace in our days. But maybe a war against Iran will go the same way of that other war in Vietnam, and that a few tens of thousands Americans will die or be maimed as a result of the Senators' idiocy.

  10. Ignoring sanctions at this point is a civic duty for whoever could afford the risks entailed.

  11. America is now waking up.

  12. How about a third option – ignore our Quisling congress, remove the sanctions, tell Netanyahu to pound sand, and try to mind our own business.

  13. I having been posting for 13 years

    Wake Up America…

    of the I-lobby threat

    has not gotten one bit better

  14. no matter what Obama is commander-in-chief and he aint going to start anything on Iran

    the US congress can not start military action on Iran

    I think that in the end…Iran will be trading with others and the US will be left out…

  15. of course our Israel-first msm will never tell us that…it is all those backward countries in the ME that are to blame

    surely it was not the East/west Europeans invaders that stole land in Palestine

  16. from Robert Gates new book

    At one point, he says, he was so worried that Mr. Bush might be persuaded by Vice President Dick Cheney and Mr. Olmert “to act or enable the Israelis to act” (that is, to take military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon) that he made an intense private call to Mr. Bush in which he argued

    “we must not make our vital interests in the entire Middle East, the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia…. "hostage to another nation’s decisions" …..— no matter how close an ally.”

    will Hagel do the same

  17. It appears that these senators pushing for more sanctions are living in the past, back when the rest of the West would roll over and support whatever the big, bad US wanted. If they succeed in passing this monstrosity, then overriding a Presidential veto, why do they think the rest of the world will meekly go along? The rest of the P5 + 1 nations (save possibly France) want the negotiations to work. These senators may wind up pushing the US out on a limb, with only Saudi Arabia and Israel supporting us. Trade with Iran can continue as long as Russia and China support it. The world does not revolve around the US any more.

  18. I wouldn't count on it.

  19. ….Unless he is pushed.

  20. The Zionists and Israel-firsters sense that their host the US may collapse or cease to be Israel's 'one true friend' (TM), so they are starting to suck up to the Chinese. I wouldn't be surprised if the Israelis didn't try to establish themselves as a military supplier to the Chinese.

  21. Gee I just can't imagine who could possibly have enough influence to pull off this impossibly stupid stunt.

  22. Hey, look on the bright side. WWIII would probably put an end to excessive population growth, industrial civilization and global warming.

  23. Well, it is, after all, the US Knesset.

  24. Ally? To be an ally there has to be an alliance. There is not one. Israel has been offered an alliance multiple times. It rejects the offer because it would require a definition of its border. That in turn would hinder Racist Israel's ongoing Genocide of the Christian and Muslim native populations.

  25. " I wouldn't be surprised if the Israelis didn't try to establish themselves as a military supplier to the Chinese." Are you kidding? Israel has been supplying China for years, especially advanced American technology.

    Do you think Israel's leaders give hoot or a holler about America's security? Think – the Lavon Affair, the USS Liberty, Pollard and even pinning medals c. 5 years ago on the professional terrorists who attempted to blow up US facilities in Egypt. No other nation has ever pinned medals on Terrorists openly. And America was the target. The US jet forced down on Hainan about a decade ago was done so with American technology that Israel illegally sold to China.

    Contracts mean nothing to them when a quick shekel is at stake. In 1973 a half billion dollar high tech Intel facility was abandoned to the Syrians and an hour later Soviet generals were inspecting its dismantling for reverse engineering. And no money changed hands? Israel is not an ally, not a friend, it is a parasite, a deadly parasite.

  26. let the bible belt bozos send their worthless offspring

  27. War what is it good for? For the ends of those who in our country want to rule our Republic, not govern by consent in accorded with the highest standards of civilization which are the best in mans nature . The President should declare that he will remove all sanctions from Iran if these new sanctions pass and he should do it by executive order for the determined freedom of our country. Furthermore The President should tell majority leader Reid that he must not bring the measure up for a vote. Call the people you elected and tell them this is America and not an America made in Israel or Saudi Arabia, we are not foreign nationals we are members of the freest Republic on earth and we are Americans period in of story.

  28. Israel–that criminal, racist Zionist entity–pisses on the U.S. whenever it pleases. Of course, when the Zionist
    leech has sucked America dry, it'll be time to find a new host.

    Knesset West–er, the U.S. Congress–is AIPAC-owned-and-operated.

  29. As a friend of mine wrote: “troops for a war with Iran should be recruited from campus Hillels nationwide”. Maybe that would cool their war fervor.

  30. This is the nature of the beast.

  31. Members of the FREEST REPUBLIC? You must be kidding.Don't you know? Yours is the most bonded society, or republic if you want. Bonded to AIPAC and Israel. You are slaves.Slaves.

  32. America is finished.America is the Zinbad of legends. You have the old man in the form of AIPAC,ADL, etc on your shoulder. You can not shake them off.Yours is the most corrupt society in the world, where law makers can be bought off very cheaply. There is corruption every where else.including in India, my country. But certainly your law makers are really cheap . Few hundred thousand for selling out your own country

  33. Raimondo's hero Rand Paul is among your "Quislings". When will Raimondo throw him under the "political bus"? Never? This is already across the line of hypocrisy.

  34. Several posters blame Israel or else AIPAC for the Munendez-coup. I am not arguing that you are wholly wrong. What I am suggesting is that you may overlook the possibility that a majority of US voters supports the Menendez-coup. If that is the case don't you think that lawmakers ought to listen to voters?

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  36. I have yet to hear of a poll on how Americans feel about this. Isn't it time one was conducted? I think it's strange that no polls (to my knowledge) have been published.

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