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Wednesday
Mar072012

Sen. Kerry Blasts Romney’s ‘Phony Set of Phony Propositions’ for Iran

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John Kerry blasted presidential contender Mitt Romney on Tuesday for what the Massachusetts democrat says is a “phony set of phony propositions” for how to handle Iran.

“Mitt Romney evidently is trying to ignore, twist, and distort the administration’s policy, for what purpose?  For his own gain,” Kerry said from the Senate floor.  “Simply to try to drive a wedge in American politics.  It seems to me that the strategy of his campaign is to just say anything, doesn’t matter what it’s based on, just say it, put it out there, whether it’s true or not.”

Kerry was responding to Romney’s op-ed in the Washington Post Tuesday morning on Iran in which the Republican says that as president he would “move America in a different direction” than President Obama has to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

In the op-ed, Romney called Obama America’s “most feckless president” since Jimmy Carter, comparing Carter’s handling of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 with Obama’s handling of Iran’s current nuclear threat.  Like Ronald Reagan, Romney, if elected, will restore American might, continued the editorial, and “take every measure necessary to check the evil regime of the ayatollahs.”

As Obama did in his press conference Tuesday but without naming names, Kerry accused Romney directly of beating the drums of war, describing Romney’s attack on the administration’s Iran policy “as inaccurate as it was aggressive.”

“I don’t think we should allow Iran to become another party’s applause line on the presidential stump,” said Kerry.  “Talk has consequences, particularly when it’s talk about war.  And talk of war only helps Iran at this moment -- and others -- by increasing the price of Iranian crude oil that pays for its nuclear program.  To create false differences with the president just to score political points does nothing to move Iran off a dangerous nuclear course.”

Kerry added, “Worst of all, Gov. Romney’s op-ed does not describe how a President Romney would do anything different than President Obama and this administration has already done.”

The Massachusetts senator said that the American people don’t want “candidates” but rather “statesmen” who can be “clear-eyed about what we have accomplished and what we have yet to do.”

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Thursday
Feb162012

Senate Resolution Ups Pressure on Iran’s Nuclear Threat

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Responding to the renewed threat of a nuclear Iran, a bipartisan group of senators Thursday introduced a resolution that declares it “unacceptable” for Iran to obtain nuclear capability.

“This Congress needs to speak,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said at a press conference Thursday. “This resolution, we hope, will get almost unanimous support from Republicans and Democrats.”

So far, 32 Senators have signed the resolution and the senators hope to add more support soon.

The resolution is not an authorization for the use of military force but emphasizes the need to keep all options on the table.

“It is a statement to Iran, the international community and President Obama that if Iran refuses to negotiate an end to their nuclear weapons program and President Obama, therefore, decides that a military strike against that program is necessary in the interest of our national security, then he can count on strong bipartisan support in Congress for that decision,” said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.

The resolution states that containment is not good enough and should not be a “fall back” position.

“If it takes military, that needs to be an option on the table and we are absolutely committed on a bipartisan basis for addressing this national security threat to our country and our allies,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

The senators hope the resolution will add an extra sense of urgency to the administration’s handling of the issue.

“This moment is the equivalent in historic and strategic importance as the Cuban missile crisis,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “It is unfolding more slowly, perhaps in greater complexity. But the sense of urgency is absolutely there.”

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