Did you think Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand and Richard Blumenthal were going to turn the page on blue state neoconservatism? Wonder no more. All the Democratic New York and New Jersey senators, plus Blumenthal of Connecticut and Robert Casey of PA, have signed up for the wag-the-dog bill that allows Israel to decide what war we will have next in the Middle East. The liberal Dems are allied with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Mark Kirk (a senator who takes his orders from AIPAC, says MJ Rosenberg).
Senator Menendez released his Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act, which includes broadened sanctions and a vow to let Israel decide whether there’s another American war:
If the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in legitimate self-defense against Iran’s nuclear weapon program, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide, in accordance with the law of the United States and the constitutional responsibility of Congress to authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence;
There’s pushback from other Democrats. Politico reports:
Ten top Democratic Senate committee chairmen sent Majority Leader Harry Reid a letter late Wednesday urging the Nevada Democrat to refrain from imposing new economic penalties on Iran. They argue now is not the time for such congressional intervention as global powers attempt to craft a permanent nuclear agreement with Iran
Here’s the letter from the opponents of new sanctions: ten Democrats. “[W]e believe that new sanctions would play into the hands of those in Iran who are most eager to see the negotiations fail.”
And here’s Menendez’s list. I’ve stuck in the party affiliation for Dems. Notice that the majority of the supporters of this legislation that Obama says he’d veto if enacted are Democrats.
WASHINGTON, DC. – U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), joined by 25 U.S. Senators, introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act, bipartisan legislation proposing prospective sanctions on Iran should the regime violate the interim Joint Plan of Action agreed to in Geneva or should Iran fail to reach a final agreement.
The legislation was co-sponsored by twenty-six senators, including: Senators Menendez (D-NJ), Kirk, Schumer (D-NY), Graham, Cardin (D-MD), McCain, Casey (D-PA), Rubio, Coons (D-DE), Cornyn, Blumenthal (D-CT), Ayotte, Begich D-AK, Corker, Pryor (D-AR), Collins, Landrieu (D-LA), Moran, Gillibrand (D-NY), Roberts, Warner (D-Va), Johanns, Hagan (D-NC), Cruz, Donnelly (D-IN), Blunt and Booker (D-NJ)…