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  • Franks Amendment Underscores Congressional Restiveness on Administration’s Iran Policy

    Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to the defense appropriations bill offered by U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) that requires the Department of Defense to develop a National Military Strategic Plan to prevent Iran’s hostile regime from building a nuclear weapon. Franks stated, “For years, Iran has persisted in its pursuit of nuclear weapons because the Ayatollah and his cohorts have long been convinced that the United States lacks the political will to actually bring tangible consequences to bear for the regime’s continued nuclear pursuits. This amendment will demonstrate unequivocally to Iran that the United States Congress does indeed possess the will to do whatever is necessary to halt the regime’s maniacal pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

    If the amendment is signed into law it will help enhance U.S. bargaining leverage with Tehran by making it clear that continued Iranian foot-dragging on the nuclear issue could have major military consequences for Iran’s isolated regime. The Obama Administration, stubbornly clinging to its failed engagement strategy, has downplayed the military option to such an extent that Iran’s belligerent President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, dismisses the threat of U.S. military action. Given the drift in the administration’s Iran policy, Rep. Franks’ amendment is a timely reminder to Tehran that its nuclear defiance could have painful consequences.

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    3 Responses to Franks Amendment Underscores Congressional Restiveness on Administration’s Iran Policy

    1. Barbara Frances Delo says:

      Just wondered how isolated Iran is from its Arab neighbors?

    2. Sterling Hill Seattl says:

      Those who refuse to learn the lessons from History, must by default reapeat the same stupid mistakes that have already beenmade in the past… I do not remember who gave the original quote, But it is so true and simple, (Simply True) go back to 1939 , The Narcisitic dictator of Germany invaded Poland, Nevel Chamberlain went to talk and negocciate with him then returned to England to report we have achieved peace in our time WIthin a couple of short years that peace had gobbled up all of Europe except Switzerland and England was faced with the onslaught of the German Blitzkreig. all because leaders saw what they wanted to see instead of what was really happening.. To day we are faced with a simlat situation and again our "Leaders" see what they want to see rather than what really is.

      Whinning and wringing our hands saying woe is me will not cut it.. "We", The people have to arise and Take the steps necessary to save out constitution, our society, our Churches,our Republic, and. our capitalist way of life.. United we Stand, and we must endure to the end… This is where I stand, Now, where do you Stand.. Sterling Hill

    3. Kevin, AZ says:

      Way to go Rep Franks. I am proud to say I am a PC in his district and support him 100%. It will be interesting to see if congress allows this to go through and if Obama will sign it. I highly doubt it.

    4. Dennis Hulse, Palmer says:

      If Obama won't sign it let Israel make the decision and give it the tools to do the job. After all they are on the cutting edge of future hostilities and psychologically are well prepared to be as rational about it as Americans. Holding back the sophisticated military tools Israel critically needs as Obama is doing is not a good sign of trust. ……now where is Ronald Reagan?

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