In case you missed it, here is my piece from yesterday (also featured in Huffington Post) about AIPAC’s “no containment” resolution which is on the House floor today.
The resolution was written by AIPAC and introduced in both Houses by the AIPAC faithful. It would have passed the Senate 99-1 except that the one, Rand Paul, used the unanimous consent rule to keep it off the floor. Not to worry, Senators Reid and McConnell will make sure it passes later.
The resolution is part of AIPAC’s strategy to prevent President Obama from responding to a “nuclear capable” Iran through any means other than war. Joe Lieberman explains: “”All options must be on the table when it comes to Iran — except for one, and that is containment.” He added that “the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran cannot be ‘contained’ like the threat of the Soviet Union” — or China, or North Korea, or Pakistan.
At this point, the resolution is non-binding but as Lieberman and AIPAC make clear, it will be converted into binding language. Otherwise, the goal of tying Obama’s hands cannot be accomplished.
So why isn’t the media reporting it? Why the silence from leading progressive voices including even J Street?
The answer is intimidation. Do you think the attempted purge over the use of the term “Israel Firster” was about semantics? No. It was about letting people know that any attempt to tie a future war with Iran to the one lobby pushing it would cost you your job and livelihood. As for organizations like the Center For American Progress, they were told to shut down your writers on this issue or lose big money. CAP complied big time.
I left Media Matters (1) because I love MMFA and didn’t want it to lose money over my truth-telling and (2) I am well-known enough, and financially secure enough, that I cannot be shut down by McCarthyites. And I haven’t been. Nor have a few others.
But, rest assured, the lobby is determined to shut us all down. It wants war. And it is determined that the war not be traced back to them.
Too bad. That train has left the station.
Nonetheless, don’t expect to be reading much about any of this. And don’t expect your favorite Congressional progressive to say a word about it. As Tom Friedman bravely wrote, Congressional support for Netanyahu (and his war) is “bought and paid for.”