Republicans push world toward WW III
Republicans in the US House of Representatives have introduced a resolution voicing support for a possible Israeli military strike against Iran.
House Resolution 1553 declares full support for Israel to use all means to eliminate what it calls "nuclear threats posed by Iran," including military force.
The House Republicans also promised to provide Tel Aviv with critical economic and military assistance, including missile capabilities.
Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu called for more weapons during his recent visit to Washington.
Press TV discusses the issue with former US Senator Mike Gravel the following is the transcript of the interview:
Press TV: The introduction of the measure coincides with a pattern of renewed calls for military strikes that have escalated since President Obama signed the "crippling" Congressional Iran sanctions into law ,how much do you blame Obama's decisions for the recent measure taken by the congress?
Gravel: Well first off, I consider Obama's conduct to be absolutely irresponsible and [it] sets the stage for the Republicans caving in under the pressure of AIPAC, the house of representatives, to give license to Israel to go ahead and attack Iran.
This is probably the stupidest and craziest thing that the United States of America could be involved in.
Israel has no right to object to Iran's pursue of nuclear energy and there is no proof that there is any effort to weaponize it on the part of Iran.
So for them to turn around and possibly start a war with Iran over no factual data at all, the Republican conduct is caving and keep in mind these are the same people that started the Iraq war.
I cannot tell you how irresponsible this is, a war that is very, very serious. Iran is not Iraq. Iran is not Syria. If the Israeli's are fool enough to strike Iran, they will ruin the day and it could possibly trigger a third world war.
Keep in mind this would be an attack on an Islamic nation, unprovoked, and what would be the answer? Israel will get in deep trouble and as a result to that the US would be forced into a situation that now the rest of the Islamic communities will respond. Pakistan also has nuclear weapons.
This could just escalate beyond and Iran is no push over, they have missiles, they can strike back, and they will. They will retaliate. This could trigger a world economic depression.
This is the level of idiocy on the part of American leaders, and of course, Netanyahu is nothing but a war-mongering hawk.
Press TV: Neoconservatives who were instrumental in orchestrating the Iraq War, such as Bill Kristol, and Reuel Marc Gerecht, have led the stepped-up calls for military action.
In spite of enthusiasm from the neoconservatives, top US military leaders have warned of the many dangers of military strikes against Iran, I would like to know your comments on that too.
Gravel: Well they are at least more sober in this regard, keep in mind that we are having trouble fighting two wars and we are broke and we are risking the possibility of another war and so the military knows how stretched out we are and I think some of the military leaders share my view and that is that this could trigger a third world war between the Islamic world and the West.
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Republicans in the US House of Representatives have introduced a measure that would green-light a possible Israeli bombing campaign against Iran.
Resolution 1553 provides explicit support for military strikes against Iran, stating that Congress backs Israel's use of 'all means necessary' against Iran, "including the use of military force," BBC Persian reported.
The introduction of the measure coincides with a pattern of renewed calls for military strikes that have escalated since President Obama signed Congressional Iran sanctions into law.
Neoconservatives who were instrumental in orchestrating the Iraq War, such as Bill Kristol and Reuel Marc Gerecht, have led the stepped up calls for military action.
Hawkish former Bush administration official John Bolton recently laid out the game plan to prod Israel into attacking Iran, arguing that outsiders can "create broad support" for a strike by framing it as an issue of Israel's right to self-defense.
Supporters for military strikes, Bolton says, should "defend the specific tactic of pre-emptive attacks" against Iran.
He said that Congress can 'make it clear' that it supports such strikes and that 'having visible congressional support in place at the outset will reassure' Israel.
In spite of support from the neocons, top US military leaders have warned of the many dangers of military strikes against Iran.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has argued "Another war in the Middle East is the last thing we need. In fact, I believe it would be disastrous on a number of levels."
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has expressed his own serious reservations about an attack on Iran.
The US, which is already providing billions of dollars worth of arms to Israel every year, describes Tel Aviv's military edge in the region as being in America's interest.