US Congresswoman Barbara Lee (9th CA) when the House voted for the passage of the Iraq Accountability Act, which is a a supplemental appropriations bill that contains a clear end date for the war in Iraq spoke out after refusing to vote for it .....
"......it is clear that the President has staked his legacy on an unnecessary war that his administration has botched at every turn. By refusing to take responsibility for their failed policy in Iraq, the administration has effectively forced Congress to intervene to bring it to a responsible end.She has to be applauded but the only practicable date is TODAY.
“ I ...opposed this war from the beginning, I have voted against every single penny for this war and found myself today in the difficult position of having to choose between voting against funding for the war or for establishing timelines to end it.
“While as a matter of conscience I cast my vote against the funding, I hope that this passage of this bill marks the beginning of the end of the Iraq war, but the real fight still lies ahead. Congress will continue to have to confront the issue of this war and occupation, and I am committed to continuing to push to fully fund the safe withdrawal of our troops from Iraq at the earliest practicable date and for timelines for withdrawal that are backed up by the appropriations power that the Constitution grants to Congress.”
But the NYT today "But Who’s Against the Next War?" by David Rieff, considering the support (or otherwise) for dealing with Iran ...
"Earlier this year, Vice President Cheney insisted that the administration had not “taken any options off the table” as Iran continued to defy United Nations calls for it to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
"Senator Clinton used virtually the same formulation as Vice President Cheney. When dealing with Iran, she insisted, “no option can be taken off the table.”
"Speaking to a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), a lobbying group, on March 2, Senator Obama said pretty much the same: the Iranian regime was “a threat to all of us,” and “we should take no option, including military action, off the table.” John Edwards has been even more categorical. In a January speech in Israel, he said, “Under no circumstances can Iran be allowed to have nuclear weapons.” And he added, “We need to keep all options on the table.”
Bipartisan Support for U.S.-Israel Relationship says the headline at the AIPAC website crowing that Half the Senate and half of the House were on hand for the AIPAC Policy Conference's Gala Banquet- Bombé Surprise a la Ahmenidijad (with optional cluster bomb sprinkles) was the very popular dessert.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addressed the event. The next morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) addressed the conference then VP Cheney and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni reaffirmed the U.S.-Israel relationship in back-to-back addresses during AIPAC's annual Policy Conference. Vice President Cheney stated the United States would remain "unflinching and steadfast" in its support of the Jewish state. Foreign Minister Livni said that Israelis across the political spectrum "speak with one voice" regarding the Jewish state's ties to America. "We, the people of Israel, cherish this friendship," Livni said.
Find another Lobby Group for an overseas country, for ... anything, that can assemble those speakers and Gala Banquet eaters... oops there is no Zionist Lobby.