Another Sharp Warning Against Thermonuclear War from an Institutional Leader: Sen. Dianne Feinstein
January 17, 2014 • 8:52PM

On Tuesday, Jan 14, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) took the Senate floor for a 10-15 minute speech excoriating the bill of Robert Menendez (D-NJ) which would blow up the Iran nuclear negotiations by imposing more sanctions on Iran, by dictating that the outcome must be zero enrichment of uranium in Iran, and even by offering unconditional support to Israel if its British-puppet government decides for its own reasons to start war with Iran.

Feinstein has been the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence since 2009 and a U.S. Senator since 1992. At the age of 80, she is the oldest serving U.S. Senator.

Speaking of the current nuclear negotiations with Iran, she said, "Should these negotiations fall apart, the choices are few and the most likely result, in my view, is the eventual and inevitable use of military force.

"This is what is most distressing: If we had not reached an agreement, with the cooperation and leadership of the big powers of this world, that would be one thing.

"The fact is we have reached agreement and that action is just about to take place, and we are going to jaundice it, we are going to hurt it, and we are likely to collapse it by passing additional sanctions now which a President of the United States will veto with the aim of overriding that veto.

"How does that make any kind of common sense? It defies logic, it threatens instant reverse, and it ends what has been unprecedented diplomacy. Do we want to take that on our shoulders? Candidly, in my view, it is a march toward war."

One clause of Menendez' bill would commit the U.S. to supporting Israel militarily in a war against Iran, whenever Israel, for whatever reasons of its own, decides to attack. This should be called the "World War I" clause.

Feinstein said about it, "While I recognize and share Israel's concern, we cannot let Israel determine when and where the United States goes to war. By stating that the United States should provide military support to Israel in a formal resolution should it attack Iran, I fear that is how this bill is going to be interpreted.

"Let me conclude. The interim agreement with Iran is strong, it is tough, and it is realistic. It represents the first significant opportunity to change a three-decade course in Iran and an opening to improve one of our most poisonous bilateral relationships. It could open the door to a new future which not only considers Israel's national security, but protects our own.

"To preserve diplomacy, I strongly oppose the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act."

Feinstein's call, and the institutional forces behind it, many of them inspired by Lyndon LaRouche's most recent (as well as earlier) papers, have blunted the edge of the sanctions push for now. The number of cosponsors has stayed at 59 for some days, rather than picking up new cosponsors, including Democratic cosponsors, which could raise the number to the 67 required to override a promised veto. And Majority Leader Reid, who had earlier used "Rule 14" to permit a floor vote over the opposition of the committee chairman, is now in no hurry to schedule such a vote. It is rumored that he won't.