A bipartisan group of senators is asking President Barack Obama to impose "crippling sanctions" against Iran.
In a letter to the president, the group reminds Obama that the year-end deadline he had imposed for "serious improvement" in the standoff with Iran has passed.
"Now that this deadline has passed, we believe that it is imperative to put into action your pledge of increased, meaningful pressure against the Iranian regime — what Secretary [of State Hillary Rodham] Clinton called 'crippling sanctions,' " the group wrote. "We believe that it is extremely important for the world to know that the United States means what it says, and that we in fact do what we say we are going to do."
The letter is signed by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and David Vitter (R-La.).
Though the letter reaffirms the group's support for diplomatic action, the senators express doubt that the U.N. Security Council would be an effective vehicle for sanctions. China, which has significant investments in Iran's oil industry, now holds the rotating presidency of the council.
Comment: Idiots! Crippling sanctions is tantamount to starting a war. How moronic can these nine knuckleheads be?
Consider these words from President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address:
...This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence--economic, political, even spiritual---is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. ...
Folks, the time has come to stop the endless war and hegemonic imperialists who are pulling the strings in the Senate, and return the rightful authority of the states! Lets repeal the 17th Amendment and save our country's future.