Does Bush plan to attack Iran?

09/27/07 Robert Lorei
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Today we’ll talk about a Senate resolution passed yesterday that would put pressure on Iran’s government. Some people say it is a precursor to an American attack on that country.

But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program on which we got into a discussion again of the president of Iran’s visit to the U.S. and about the U.N. weapons inspectors who were in Iraq from November 2002 until just before the U.S. invasion.

The Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution urging the State Department to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, a move aimed at bringing additional economic pressure on Iran, according to the Associated Press.

The measure passed 76-22.

The proposal by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., attracted overwhelming bipartisan support. But a small group of Democrats said they feared that labeling the state-sponsored organization a terrorist group could be interpreted as a congressional authorization of military force in Iran, AP reports.

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., was among those voting against the amendment. Dodd referred to the 2002 congressional vote authorizing the use of force that led to President Bush's decision to invade Iraq.

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., branded the Lieberman-Kyl measure as Vice President Dick Cheney's "fondest pipe dream."

Lieberman and Kyl have said their resolution does not authorize the use of force against Iran. It was instead crafted to cut off financial support for Iran, they said.

Our guest Gareth Porter says the Lieberman-Kyl resolution endorses a set of "findings that are fundamentally false and which are being used by the administration to lay the groundwork for a more aggressive policy toward Iran."

Gareth Porter, an investigative journalist who has written about Iran for several years joins us on the phone.

Porter has just written the piece The Evidence Against the Lieberman-Kyl Amendment. He is author of several books including Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. Porter has written extensively on Iran the last several years.

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