Which U.S. Senators Want War on Iran

Let’s do the count:

Senators rallying and whipping their colleagues to support the Iran agreement: 0.

Senators admitting that Iran has had no nuclear weapons program and has never threatened or been a threat to the United States: 0.

Senators pushing the false idea that Iran is a nuclear threat but indicating they will vote to support the agreement precisely in order to counter that threat: 16
(Tammy Baldwin, Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Martin Heinrich, Tim Kaine, Angus King, Patrick Leahy, Chris Murphy, Bill Nelson, Jack Reed, Bernie Sanders, Jeanne Shaheen, Tom Udall, Elizabeth Warren)

Republican (and “Libertarian”) senators indicating they will try to kill the agreement, thereby moving the United States toward a war on Iran: 54.
(All of them.)

Democratic senators inspired during the repulsive Republican debate Thursday night to announce that they will try to kill the deal (and would rather have a war): 1.
(Charles Schumer.)

Democratic senators who haven’t clearly stated a position: 29.

The number of those 29 who would have to join Schumer to kill the agreement and set the United States on a path toward self-isolation, international disgrace, and disastrous illegal immoral catastrophic war that will make Iraq and Afghanistan look like diplomacy: 12.

Can we keep the agreement protected from such a fate? Of course we can. We’ve been stopping a war on Iran for many years now. We stopped it in 2007. Such things never enter U.S. history books, but wars are stopped all the time. In 2013, the push for a massive bombing campaign on Syria was hard and absolutely bipartisan, yet public pressure played the key role in stopping it.

Now we have the White House on our side for godsake. When Obama wants a horrible corporate trade agreement fast tracked or a supplemental war spending bill rammed through or a “healthcare” bill passed, he twists arms and offers bribes, he gives rides on his airplane, he sends cabinet secretaries to do PR events in districts. If he really wants this, he’ll hardly need our help. So one strategy we need to keep after is making clear he knows we expect this of him.

Senator Sanders has a gazillion fans now, and something like all but 3 of them believe he is a hero for peace. If you’re a Bernie supporter, you can urge him to rally his colleagues to protect the Iran agreement.

In states like Virginia where one senator is taking the right position and one is keeping quiet, urge the first one (Kaine) to lobby the other one (Warner).

Would-be senators like Alan Grayson who want people to think of them as progressives but who have been pushing to kill the deal since before Schumer slithered out from under his rock, should be hounded everywhere they show their faces.

Schumer himself should not be permitted to appear in public without protest of his warmongering.

Just as in the summer of 2013, most senators and house members are going to be at public events in the coming weeks. Email and call them here. That’s easy. That’s the least anyone can do. And it had an impact last time in 2013. But also find out where they will be (senators and representatives both) and be there in small or large numbers to demand NO WAR ON IRAN.

The most expensive weapons system they’ve got (“missile defense”) has been using the mythical Iranian threat as a ridiculous justification for picking your pocket and antagonizing the world in your name for years and years. But Raytheon wanted those missiles to hit Syria, and Wall Street believed they would.

The Israel lobby has much of Congress bought and paid for. But the public is turning against it, and you can shame its servants.

In the long run, it’s useful to remember that lies do not set us free.

If both proponents and opponents of the agreement depict Iran falsely as a nuclear threat, the danger of a U.S. war on Iran is going to continue, with or without the deal. The deal could end with the election of a new president or Congress. Ending the agreement could be the first act of a Republican president or a Schumerian Democratic Leader.

So, don’t just urge the right vote while pushing the propaganda. Oppose the propaganda as well.


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  • Me Who

    Not all republicans are opposed to diplomacy. At least, Rand Paul is opposing because the deal should have been negotiated better, he says. That’s also the position Trump took, though he isn’t voting on it. The AIPAC currently has sponsored 20 some junior legislators on a two week visit in Israel, where they will talk about the deal and have bonding time. So, you can expect to hear from those people when they get back.

    • Marek Edelman

      Umm…ALL RepubliKKKlans oppose this deal… including Rand Paul.

      He doesn’t have the guts to alienate his right wing bible-thumping-good-ole-boy base….in Kentucky

      • Me Who

        I suppose it is due to who their donors are. I also don’t think that most of us have all the details of the agreement, and this is all unfair to the public whose decisions congress is supposed to represent. Like Rand said, he’s ‘a different kind of republican’. In the debate, he said that he’s for diplomacy. But, the bigger picture is that he is a believer in decreasing military presence abroad, and in decreasing or eliminating foreign aid. Which would open up more pathways for more connections in business and private industry that leans more toward a free market system (rather that the kind of crony capitalism that RINOs are actually pushing).

  • diogenesparis

    It is always shocking to me that the warmongers and ignorant public, as well as the rah-rah media, never even consider that these aggressions are illegal under US and international law. That should be the first and controlling consideration. War criminals every one of them.

  • Carl_Herman
  • diogenes

    I’m surprised and disappointed that this article omits a list of the 29 Democrat Senators who have not declare a position. It would be helpful, also, to know which of them are dual-nationals.

  • Sidney Vicious

    stop ignoring the 800 lb gorilla in the room…AIPAC and their dual Israeli traitors in congress like Boxer Feinstein and Shurmer are representing Israel not this country…the neo cons and pnac crowd were behind 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq….. wake up people