Maybe you haven't heard of this, but Rep. Gary Ackerman [D-NY] and Mike Pence (R-IN) on May 22nd introduced the House Continuing Resolution 362. (also see Sen. Res. 580 Sens. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and John Thune (R-SD)) This says briefly ;
"Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the threat posed to international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the vital national security interests of the United States by Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and regional hegemony, and for other purposes. blah ,blah, blah..."(4) urges the President to lead a sustained, serious, and forceful effort at regional diplomacy to support the legitimate governments in the region against Iranian efforts to destabilize them, to reassure our friends and allies that the United States supports them in their resistance to Iranian efforts at hegemony, and to make clear to the Government of Iran that the United States will protect America's vital national security interests in the Middle East. (i.e bomb the shit out of them)"
This is what we doctors call the "AIPAC Resolution", and further and better particulars are available on the AIPAC website, "Stop Iran's Nuclear Program" (Just under the details of US$2.25 Billion "security Assistance for Israel in the US fiscal 2009 budget).
This asks AIPAC members to lobby their Congressman to support HCR - 362. Curiously having absorbed the second paragraph
"Whereas Iran is a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), has foresworn the acquisition of nuclear weapons by ratification of the NPT, and is legally bound to declare and place all its nuclear activity under constant monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA);"
Nobody seems anxious to point out that Israel is not, never has been (and likely never will be) a party to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.. allowing ... "constant monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency " of their nuclear bomb factory in the desert at Dimona.
The AIPAC summary is perhaps a little more direct describing the bills intent ;
Urges the president to support the legitimate governments in the Middle East against Iranian efforts to destabilize them and to make clear to Iran that
America will protect its national security interests in the Middle East.
HCR - 362 has 220 co-sponsors (5/6/08) and is expected to be brought to the floor soon for a vote under rules that would allow just 20 minutes of debate. The Senate Bill has over 20 as of today.
HCR - 362 has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs of which Gary Ackerman is a member. Ranking member is the lovely lady from Florida Ileana Ros-Lehtinen whom you can be certain is anxious to get this BIll through the House before everyone goes on holiday. You can be certain that it is going to get more attention than, say, Rep. Charles Rangel 's (D-NY)HR 624 introduced Jan 22nd 2007 - Free Trade with Cuba Act.
To date there has been no mention of this resolution, none, on ABC, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, CNN, PBS, NPR, BBC, AOL, msn, USA Today, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor or The Los Angeles Times! Nor has it been aired in the Press / TV in Europe and the UK.
Not much mention of that US$2.25 Billion security assistance to poor impoverished Israel either, financial help that in Africa might build a house or two, run a water pipe, feed a family.