From the New Republic to the New York Times, we have seen articles talking about an effort by several Democratic Senators-including self described progressives like Michael Bennett (D-CO), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) and Corey Booker (D-NJ)-to add additional punitive sanctions to Iran right as the negotiations are about to be finalized on an interim agreement disarming Iran and averting war.
From the Times:
The White House has cast the issue in stark terms, saying that a vote for new sanctions would be, in effect, a “march toward war” and challenging those lawmakers who support the bill to acknowledge publicly that they favor military action against Iran.
“It just stands to reason if you close the diplomatic option, you’re left with a difficult choice of waiting to see if sanctions cause Iran to capitulate, which we don’t think will happen, or considering military action,” said Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser.
But were these Senators, under pressure from AIPAC and perhaps due to the presidential ambitions of Gillibrand and Booker, are focusing on a bill written by Republican hawks and possibly joining them in an override of a presidential veto
Democrats, they say, recognize the delicacy of Mr. Obama’s signing a veto on the Iran bill, especially if Congress delivers the first veto override of his presidency on a matter that is so clearly a presidential prerogative. But Democrats said the current lull can hold only for a matter of weeks, not months.
Time to call them up and demand they back the President and Secretary Kerry on this. War is not an option.