When I was three years old, so I am told, I inquisitively stuck a pair of tweezers into an electrical outlet. I never did that again.
Do we New Yorkers elect and re-elect tweezer pokers to the United States Senate? At times I wonder.
In 2002 New York’s ecumencial leadership implored our Senators to vote against the Iraq authorization. We went with just-war theory arguments. We went with pacifist arguments. We went with common sense. We met with one of our Senators personally. Sadly, both Senators voted for it.
Both of our Senators made floor comments explaining how hard their decision was for them. With regretful sighs, they voted their “ayes,” hoping that perhaps war might be averted. We could work it out with the United (remember them?) Nations, perhaps.
But the President whooped a hearty Hi-yo Silver instead. And here we are.
Wednesday offered an opportunity for our Senators to make amends, of a sort. The Kyl-Lieberman amendment, which Senator Webb called “Cheney’s fondest dream,” was up for a vote. The amendment says that the United States should designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. It adds that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps should be placed on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.
Now when you designate another country’s regular armed forces a “foreign terrorist organization,” and place them on your list of stinkers, you are calling their wearing of the uniform a criminal act in itself. In most times and places on this planet, them’s fightin’ words, pardner.
So maybe the Senators who voted for this amendment hope that war with Iran might be averted yet? Put down those tweezers, please.
In fact, whereas 29 Democrats voted for the Iraq resolution, 30 voted for Kyl-Lieberman on Wednesday. Here’s who voted against Kyl-Lieberman.
Biden (D-DE) Bingaman (D-NM) Boxer (D-CA) Brown (D-OH) Byrd (D-WV) Cantwell (D-WA) Dodd (D-CT) Feingold (D-WI) Hagel (R-NE) Harkin (D-IA) Inouye (D-HI) Kennedy (D-MA) Kerry (D-MA) Klobuchar (D-MN) Leahy (D-VT) Lincoln (D-AR) Lugar (R-IN) McCaskill (D-MO) Sanders (I-VT) Tester (D-MT) Webb (D-VA) Wyden (D-OR).
Good for you.
Barack Obama did not vote. This is getting to be a pattern with him!
Those with a (D-NY) suffixed to their names voted “Aye.”
There was a time when I thought that people like Norman Podhoretz, busily beating the drum for war in Iran, had finally gone crazy. Like foxes, they had.
Oh, by the way. A memory for Dems afraid of what conservatives might say about them — by the time I was four I learned that the way to get a bully to stop bullying you was to pop him in the nose. Or some metaphorical equivalent. Put down those tweezers, Senators, willya?
UPDATE: A question occurs to me. If we declare another country’s army to be a terrorist organization, does that make them all “enemy combatants?” Meaning, does Kyl-Lieberman state that it is the sense of the United States Senate that we can selectively pick and choose to which countries the Geneva Conventions apply?