Missed this. Remember how Obama stared Netanyahu down over getting involved in our election, and even Barbara Boxer said, Bug out? Well, one of the Senate’s last acts Friday before recess was: voting 90-1 on a nonbinding resolution to support any action against Iran lest it obtain nuclear “capability,” the AIPAC-and-Netanyahu red line. Reuters:
The only senator to vote against the resolution was Republican Rand Paul, a Tea Party and libertarian favorite, who argued that it was a de-facto declaration of war.
The “capability” debate was initially framed as one over “containment” in February, and hawks like [Lindsey] Graham found little bipartisan support until their position became a centerpiece of the AIPAC policy conference in March. But the initial resolution from Graham in May stalled. Then things rose into the national consciousness.
This month, an unprecedented campaign by Benjamin Netanyahu to get Obama to shift his Iran red line drew jeers from liberals and even Members of Congress. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) upbraided Netanyahu for interjecting himself in American politics. AIPAC took notice, e-mailing its members last week with articles on Obama’s refusal to lower his threshold for war and Netanyahu’s denials of interference. The debate seemed, for now, over, with Obama victorious. Then this week, Majority Leader Reid surprised everyone by re-introducing the Graham resolution.
Sullivan calls it a “motion to back a foreign prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, over the president of the US.”
AIPAC does its work with unremitting diligence. I favor containment as the least worst option. But that obvious position is held by no-one in power in Washington. Including Obama.