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AIPAC bill would ban U.S. diplomacy with Iran

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Former AIPAC staffer M.J. Rosenberg reports:

The House Foreign Affairs Committee hurriedly convened this week to consider a new “crippling sanctions” bill that seems less designed to deter an Iranian nuclear weapon than to lay the groundwork for war.

The clearest evidence that war is the intention of the bill’s supporters comes in Section 601:

(c) RESTRICTION ON CONTACT – No person employed with the United States Government may contact in an official or unofficial capacity any person that –
(1) is an agent, instrumentality, or official of, is affiliated with, or is serving as a representative of the Government of Iran; and
(2) presents a threat to the United States or is affiliated with terrorist organisations.

(d) WAIVER – The president may waive the requirements of subsection (c) if the president determines and so reports to the appropriate congressional committees 15 days prior to the exercise of waiver authority that failure to exercise such waiver authority would pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the vital national security interests of the United States.

Preventing diplomacy

So what does this mean? It means that neither the president, the secretary of state, nor any US diplomat or emissary may engage in negotiations or diplomacy of any kind unless the president convinces the “appropriate congressional committees” (most significantly, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which is an AIPAC fiefdom) that not permitting the contacts would pose an “extraordinary threat to the vital national security interests of the United States”.

To call this unprecedented is an understatement. At no time in our history has the White House or State Department been restricted from dealing with representatives of a foreign state, even in wartime.

Update: In an interview with Antiwar Radio, Rosenberg confirms that AIPAC wrote the “crippling sanctions” bill.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

November 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Read the bill. This is not part of it.

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-1905

    Daniel Freysinger

    November 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm


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