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Published on January 6th, 2014 | by Jim Lobe

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Cruz, Inhofe Circulate Draft Resolution To End All Bilateral Talks With Iran

by Jim Lobe

What Sen. John McCain referred to as the “wacko-bird” faction of the Republican Party is seeking co-sponsors for a new resolution that would forbid the Obama administration from engaging in any bilateral talks with Iran unless Tehran fulfills two conditions. We obtained a letter by a member of Sen. Ted Cruz’s staff and a copy of the draft resolution (which you can find below with the staff member’s name removed in response to a request) sent out to presumably sympathetic legislative directors today. Perhaps the intention here is to make the Kirk-Menendez Iran Nuclear Weapon Free Act of 2013, aka the Wag the Dog Act, look vaguely reasonable although its aim may be more related to Cruz’s cultivation of the Republican Jewish Coalition and its big donors. Whatever the case, it amounts to yet another effort to derail any possibility of detente between Washington and Tehran.

The letter reads:

LDs,

Today, Senator Cruz filed a resolution with Senator Inhofe regarding US diplomatic efforts with Iran. The resolution outlines two preconditions that Iran must meet before any further bilateral negotiations occur; 1) release all Americans unjustly detained in Iran, namely Pastor Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson, and 2) publicly affirm the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.

Please let us know if your boss would like to be a cosponsor.

Thank you,

Legislative Correspondent

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

202.228.1109 

And here’s the draft resolution:

113th Congress, 2D SESSION S. RES. ll

Expressing the sense of the Senate on steps the Government of Iran must take before further bilateral negotiations between the Government of Iran and the United States Government occur.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

Mr. CRUZ (for himself and Mr. INHOFE) submitted the following resolution;
which was referred to the Committee on ……..

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the Senate on steps the Government of Iran must take before further bilateral negotiations between the Government of Iran and the United States Government occur.

Whereas, on September 27, 2013, the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, and President Barack Obama engaged in the first direct contact between Iranian and United States leaders since 1979;

Whereas the Government of Iran has yet to take any practical steps towards halting Iran’s nuclear programs and remains a committed state-sponsor of terrorist groups that have been responsible for American deaths in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan;

Whereas, since the election of President Rouhani, the persecution by the Government of Iran of religious minorities, notably Christians, has increased not decreased;

Whereas United States citizens remain imprisoned in Iran, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson;

Whereas President Rouhani has called Israel the ‘‘Zionist state’’ that has been ‘‘a wound that has sat on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed’’, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has called Israel a ‘‘rabid dog’’ facing ‘‘annihilation’’;

Whereas a Joint Plan of Action was released from Geneva on November 24, 2013, outlining first step, voluntary measures to be taken over a six month duration providing the Government of Iran with some $7,000,000,000 in relief from economic sanctions, while extracting no substantive concessions from Iran on their nuclear program; and

Whereas the representatives of the United States engaging in these negotiations failed to raise the issue of the United States citizens imprisoned in Iran and to rebuke their Iranian counterparts for their vicious rhetoric against Israel at the highest levels:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved,

That is it the sense of the Senate that, before further bilateral negotiations between the Government of Iran and the United States Government occur,

the Government of Iran must—

(1) immediately and without conditions release all United States citizens unjustly detained in Iran; and

(2) publicly affirm the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.

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2 Responses to Cruz, Inhofe Circulate Draft Resolution To End All Bilateral Talks With Iran

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  1. avatar Norman says:

    Hell of a breakfast wake up call. If anyone needs any more proof that money buys insanity in the American Congress, above and beyond the corruption in Washington D.C., the floodgates are open. What possess these so called sane individuals to want “WAR” after all the $Trillions spent already, along with the deaths, defies logic.

  2. avatar James Canning says:

    Is Ted Cruz an idiot? Or, is he simply willing to be an ardent stooge of the Israel lobby, inflicing damage on the natidonal security interests of the American people, for his own political gain?


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