Don’t look for an announcement that the United States will declare war on Iran. The U.S. has already done it. The “war” in Iran has already begun without much noise or consternation – and it has already been sanctioned by Congress, including Hillary Clinton.
Don’t think so? Consider this (from the fall):
The U.S. Senate passed the Defense Authorization Bill on September 26, which laid out U.S. military spending for the 2008 fiscal year. The Bill passed 76-22.
The Kyl-Lieberman Amendment, which is a non-binding resolution that deems Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard as a terrorist organization, was also attached to the military budget plan. Sponsored by Sen. Jon Kyl, R, Ariz., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I, Conn., the bill is the Senate’s response to Iran’s influence on Shi’a militia against the coalition forces in Iraq, along with their recent request for nuclear power.
“It should be the policy of the United States to combat, contain and roll back the violent activities and destabilizing influence inside Iraq of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran” according to Article three of the Amendment, also known as the Sense of Senate.
The amendment sited testimonies from General David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. Petraeus testified that Iran “plays a harmful role” in Iraq, and it provides “lethal capabilities to the Iraqi State”, while Crocker testified to seeing no support from Iran to Shi’a militia in Iraq at the congressional hearings.
The testimonies from both Petraeus and Crocker provoked Kyl and Lieberman into forming the non-binding resolution under the Sense of the Senate. A clause that simply states what the Senate “thinks” about Iran’s presence in Iraq.
“It is a vital national interest of the United States to prevent the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran from turning Shi’a militia extremists in Iraq into a Hezbollah-like force that could serve its interest inside Iraq,” according to Article of the Sense of the Senate.
The Kly-Lieberman Amendment suggests that the United States to use all instruments of power against the Islamic Republic of Iran, including military power.
Democratic nominee, Sen. Hillary Clinton, voted for the amendment. Other nominees, Sen., Barack Obama, D, Ill., and Sen. John McCain, R, Ariz., did not vote at all.
It’s the prelude to a kiss.