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Theses on Policy toward Iran | September 6, 2007

I found this article to be very thought provoking in regard to the volatile situation in the Middle East, especially about Iran. While not everything Rubin writes is totally on target, he does present some very informed views on a different way forward with the Iranians and the Middle East in general. The comments section that follows the article is well worth perusing as well, as it both points out flaws in Rubin’s article and offers insightful analysis as well. A good informative read…

From the Blog Informed Consent http://icga.blogspot.com

By Barnett R Rubin

As I and many others have noted, there are increasing signs that the administration has decided or has nearly decided to launch an air and sea attack on Iran, which will include but not be limited to all installations connected to the country’s nuclear program. All military equipment is in place for such an attack (three carrier battle groups in the Persian Gulf). As I wrote in a recent blog, there are credible reports of a concerted campaign to build public support for such an attack. The aim is said to be to get support in polls up to about 35-40%, but the most important goal is to intimidate the Democrats in Congress, in particular through AIPAC and allied groups, so that they will not use either the power of the purse or Congress’ war powers to impede the attack. The administration is counting on Democrats saying they don’t want to “tie the president’s hands” as he deals with this mortal threat to the U.S. and Israel. The Anti-Defamation League announced today a campaign with the theme “No Nuclear Iran.”

Under the Cheney-Addington interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, there is no need for any Congressional consent to such an action by the President. In any case, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force of September 18, 2001, suffices, as it authorizes the use of such force against any terrorists or states harboring terrorists. There is no requirement that the President certify or Congress approve any such designation. The argument would be strengthened, however, if the administration formally designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (Sepah-e Pasdaran) or its elite unit, the Qods (Jerusalem) Force, as a terrorist organization, a proposal that has been floated in the press. In that case the Iranian state would be officially designated as harboring terrorists.

Follow this link to read full article: http://icga.blogspot.com/2007/09/theses-on-policy-toward-iran.html

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