HR 362 stalls after pressure on our elected officials grows

President Ahmadinejad of Iran was interviewed on NBC and asserted that his country is not producing nuclear weapons.

“We are not working to manufacture a bomb,” NBC’s Brian Williams quoted Ahmadinejad as saying following an interview with the president in Tehran. “Nuclear weapons are so 20th century.”

This should be no revelation though as this has been confirmed by the IAEA throughout the past few years.  One great piece of news is that there has been enough pressure on our elected officials to stall HR 362, which called for a naval blockade on Iran (an act of war by all interpretations).

A measure that would impose a naval blockade on Iran stalled in Congress this week after grassroots opponents of a new war with Iran spoke out against it.

House Resolution 362, authored by Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), would have mandated a prohibition on “the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran.”

These sanctions establishing a naval blockade sounded to many people like the first step towards war with Iran.

This is good news.  If this thing got stalled and never went anywhere I’d be as happy as could be.  There are apparently calls for amendments to the bill which erase the blockade language and insert language towards diplomacy.

In a column last week at Huffington Post, Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), another co-sponsor of the measure, urged amending it. Wexler argued that the language that called for a naval blockade be removed, and provisions calling for direct American involvement in the negotiations with Iran, with the goal of stopping Iranian pursuit of nuclear weapons and its sponsorship of terror, be inserted.

Though this is better than leaving it as it is, I would rather see the bill dissappear all together.  It is full of inflammatory lies and half-truths about Iran, and completely ignores our own treacherous dealings with Iran.

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