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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dianne Feinstein's Opposition to the New Iran Sanctions Bill: Anti-Semitism?

Yesterday, expressing opposition to the new Iran sanctions bill co-authored by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), 80-year-old Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)declared:

"While I recognize and share Israel’s concern, we cannot let Israel determine when and where the United States goes to war."

Excuse me, but where does the new sanctions bill call for war? Rather, it calls for the imposition of heightened economic sanctions should agreement with Iran not be reached for the curtailment of its nuclear weapons development program. As recently observed by Senator Menendez in a Washington Post opinion piece entitled "A diplomatic insurance policy against Iran" (

"The proposed legislation is a clarifying action. It allows all sides to negotiate in certainties and provides one year of space for the parties to continue talking. It spells out precisely the consequences should the agreement fail. This should motivate Iranians to negotiate honestly and seriously.

At the same time, these prospective sanctions play a positive and reinforcing role in negotiations. The big winner is the administration. Its ability to pursue a diplomatic path is enhanced by being able to communicate this position in its negotiations with Iran.

This is hardly a march to war, as some critics have suggested. The legislation explicitly does not authorize the use of force, though it does restate the language of a resolution, passed 99 to 0 by the Senate, supporting the United States’ commitment to Israel, should Israel be forced to defend itself against Iran.

The American public supports diplomacy. So do I.

The American public doesn’t trust the Iranian regime. Neither do I."

Regarding Feinstein's allusion to the age-old racist canard that "the Jews control the government," one can only wonder what has happened to her thought process.

In unrelated news, Feinstein recently discovered "a drone right there at the window looking out at me” (see: Yes, darling Dianne, it's time to consider retirement.

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