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Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison haven’t been accused recently of being national security hawks. After reading this statement, I’m pretty certain they’ll never be considered serious about national security:

Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced the “Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War Through Diplomacy Act,” which would create a high level Special Envoy to Iran. The act pushes diplomacy as a vital route to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and directs the President to appoint a Special Envoy to pursue direct, sustained, bilateral and multilateral negotiations with the Government of Iran in order to prevent war, and support human rights.

“The darkening clouds surrounding Iran’s nuclear program are troubling. We must use all diplomatic tools available, including engaging in direct bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. To do that, we must lift the ‘no contact policy and begin negotiations,” Congresswoman Lee said.

The bill calls for eliminating the State Department’s ‘no contact’ policy that prevents State Department officers and employees from making any direct contact with Iranian counterparts. The bill outlines measures to pursue opportunities to build mutual trust and to foster sustained negotiations in good faith with Iran.

Original cosponsors include Representatives Earl Blumenauer, John Conyers, John Dingell, Keith Ellison, Rush Holt, Hank Johnson, James McGovern, Jim Moran, Betty McCollum, and Bobby Rush.

That’s quite a list of doves. Barbara Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against going to war with Afghanistan after 9/11. (It takes divine intervention to get to the left of Dennis Kucinich on national security.)

Hank Johnson is famous for saying that he thought Guam would capsize if troops then stationed in Iraq were redeployed to Guam:

Rather than focus on the goofy people that signed onto this legislation as co-sponsors, though, it’s important to notice that the policy that’s being espoused sends a terrible signal of weakness to the terrorists. What’s more is this policy is most likely to embolden terrorists. If the terrorists think that they can threaten the West, why wouldn’t they think that they can get away with much more than threats?

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5 Responses to “McCollum, Ellison push for Iranian nukes”

  • Patrick-M says:

    Congresswoman Barbara Lee along with Representatives Earl Blumenauer, John Conyers, John Dingell, Keith Ellison, Rush Holt, Hank Johnson, James McGovern, Jim Moran, Betty McCollum and Bobby Rush are today’s Neville Chamberlain.

    …and history tells us the whole Chamberlain situation didn’t work out very well for humanity.

  • Organically Black says:

    Whenever some cites Chamberlain you know #1 they are a chicken hawk and/or # 2 they make money directly or indirectly on the war (not defense) machine.

    To say this gives nukes to Iran is at best a long stretch of the imagination and at worst among the cynicism that is purely based on emotional dislike.

    Frankly, I am tired of political think-bots and talking heads who know little about the intelligence community and less about terrorism giving their thoughts; they should stick to interpreting polls and calling each other names. You know something where people do not get killed for stupid actions.

  • Bob J. says:

    Rational argument will not stop these people. “Oh ho, we gotcha” will not work with these people. Their argument must be extended to its inevitable conclusion and the question posed to them publicly:

    Mr. Ellison, Ms. McCollum, why do you support a policy that will foster a nuclear Iran and, by extension, nuclear conflict? I’d like to know why you support making the world a more dangerous place through a nuclear-armed Iran?

    “The world is safer through diplomacy” is not a valid argument. Please elaborate.

  • Chad Q says:

    When have McCollum or Ellison ever, ever, done anything or signed onto any bill that is in the best interests of their constituents let alone the US? Sadly, the democrats continue to vote these two imbeciles into office even though more qualified cadidates have run against them.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Whenever someone cites Chamberlain you know #1 they are a chicken hawk and/or # 2 they make money directly or indirectly on the war (not defense) machine.

    Actually, I don’t know that about Pat. And I know him more than a little.

    Frankly, I’m tired of people making sweeping categorizations without doing the research first. Broad brushes smear innocent people. I’d recommend you learn from this mistake.

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