Senate War Party Tells Obama: Start World War III by Bombing Iran, and We'll Be Right Behind You
February 18, 2012 • 1:28AM

Thirty-two U.S. Senators, led by Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.), but including a number of "liberal" Democrats, are telling President Obama that he will have strong bipartisan support in Congress if he starts World War III by launching a military attack on Iran. The lunatic resolution, introduced in the Senate yesterday, declares that Iran must be prevented from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability, and rejects any policy of containment of a nuclear Iran.

"There are so many things that we disagree on, but we found something we can be united about and I hope the American people will take comfort in the fact that Republican and Democratic senators are joining forces to stand behind President Obama on one very important issue," said Graham. "We agree with you and we have your back, Mr. President. President Obama is absolutely right that it is absolutely unacceptable for the Iranian theocracy to obtain nuclear capability."

Calling containment a "dangerous and deadly illusion," Lieberman said: "I know that containment might have been viable for the Soviet Union during the Cold War, but it's not going to work with the current fanatical Islamist regime in Tehran." Lieberman further stated that Iran has "only two choices: Peacefully negotiate to end your nuclear weapons program or expect a military strike to disable that program."

McCain, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said at a hearing on Thursday: "The threat posed by the Iranian regime could soon bring the Middle East to the brink of war, if it's not there already."

And Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), the head of the Near East Subcommittee, said the resolution is meant to address what he sees as a lack of clarity as to American policy regarding the possibility of living with a nuclear Iran. "[The resolution] makes it very clear that containment is not good enough, that containment is not a fallback position here. If we say we're going to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon, we have to mean it," said Casey, adding that there needed to be a greater sense of urgency on the rush to World War III.

Among Senate Democrats co-sponsoring the resolution are Cardin (Md.), Menendez (N.J.), Brown (Ohio), Schumer and Gillebrand (N.Y.), and Wyden (Ore.).