Nancy Pelosi: The AIPAC Girl
If George W. Bush launches a pre-emptive war on Iran,
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will bear full moral
responsibility for that war.
For it was Pelosi who quietly agreed to strip out of
the $100 billion funding bill for Iraq a provision that
would have required President Bush to seek congressional
approval before launching any new war on Iran.
Pelosi`s capitulation came in the Appropriations
What went down, and why?
"Conservative Democrats as well as lawmakers
concerned about the possible impact on Israel had argued
for the change in strategy," wrote The Associated
Press` David Espo and Matthew Lead.
"Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev.,
said in an interview there is a widespread fear in
Israel about Iran, which … has expressed unremitting
hostility to the Jewish state.
"`It would take away
perhaps the most important tool the U.S. has when it
comes to Iran,` she said of the now-abandoned provision.
"`I don`t think it was a
very wise idea to take things off the table if you`re
trying to get people to modify their behavior and
normalize in a civilized way,` said Gary Ackerman of New
abandon war authority provision, March 12, 2007]
According to John Nichols of The Nation,
Pelosi`s decision to strip the provision barring Bush
from attacking Iran without Congress` approval "sends
the worst possible signal to the White House."
"The speaker has erred dangerously and
writes Nichols. Her "disastrous misstep could
haunt her and the Congress for years to come."
Nichols does not exaggerate.
If Bush now launches war on Iran, he can credibly say
Congress and the Democrats gave him a green light. For
Pelosi, by removing a provision saying Bush does not
have the authority, de facto concedes he does have the
Bush and Cheney need now not worry about Congress.
They have been flashed the go sign for war on Iran.
Pelosi & Co. thus aborted a bipartisan effort to
ensure that if we do go to war again, we do it the
constitutional way, and we do it together.
Nothing in the provision would have prevented Bush,
as commander in chief, from responding to an Iranian
attack or engaging in hot pursuit of an enemy found in
Iraq. Nor would the provision have prevented Bush from
threatening Iran. It would simply have required him to
come to Congress—before launching all-out war.
Now Pelosi has, in effect, ceded Bush carte blanche
to take out Iran`s nuclear facilities. It`s all up to
him and Cheney.
For this the nation elected a
Why did Pelosi capitulate? Answer: She was "under
pressure from some conservative members of her caucus,
and from lobbyists associated with neoconservative
groups that want war with Iran and the American Israel
Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)," writes Nichols.
The Washington Times agrees as to who
bully-ragged Nancy into scuttling any requirement that
Bush come to the Hill before unleashing the B-2s on
Arak, Natanz and Bushehr:
"Last week, House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi received a
smattering of boos when she bad-mouthed the war
effort during a speech to the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee, and the Democratic leadership,
responding to concerns from pro-Israel lawmakers, was
forced to strip from a military appropriations measure a
provision meant to weaken President Bush`s ability to
respond to threats from Iran."[Foreign policy adrift? March 19, 2007]
This episode, wherein liberal Democrats scuttled a
bipartisan effort to require Bush to abide by the
Constitution before taking us into a third war in the
Middle East, speaks volumes about who has the whip hand
on Capitol Hill, when it comes to the Middle East.
Pelosi gets booed by the Israeli lobby, then runs
back to the Hill and gives Bush a blank check for war on
Iran, because that is what the lobby demands. A real
Profiles in Courage.
As for the presidential candidates, it is hard to
find a single one willing to stand up and say: If Bush
plans to take us into another war in the Mideast, he
first come to Congress for authorization. And if he
goes to war without authorization, that will be
All retreat into the
"all-options-are-on-the-table" mantra, which is
another way of saying, "It`s Bush`s call."
The corruption of both parties is astonishing.
Republicans used to be the party of the Constitution:
"No more undeclared wars! No more presidential wars!"
Democrats used to be the party of the people. The
people don`t want this war. They don`t want another. The
Jewish community voted 88 percent for Democrats in
November, and 77 percent oppose Iraq.
So says Gallup. Yet, just because the Israeli lobby
jerked her chain, the leader of the Peoples` House has
decided she and her party will leave the next war up to
Sam Rayburn must be turning over in his grave.
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