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AIPAC to Congress: War! [8/2/12]

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  • Caroline Herzenberg
    Friends - This seems a matter of some concern, so I am forwarding this message to you. - Carol
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 2, 2012
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      Friends -

      This seems a matter of some concern, so I am forwarding this message to
      you.

      - Carol


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      > From: "Alison Weir, CNI" <cnif@...>

      > Subject: AIPAC to Congress: War!

      > Date: August 2, 2012 6:54:49 AM CDT

      >

      >

      >

      >

      > This is breaking news as I write—in fact, there has been no press
      > coverage yet—but I wanted you to get a copy of an AIPAC memo to Congress
      > right away (posted at the bottom of this message and on our website).
      > The legislation they are demanding would establish a virtual state of
      > war with Iran, even though Iran has no nuclear weapons program.

      >

      > The memo was leaked to us yesterday as it began circulating on Capitol
      > Hill. One congressional insider told me:

      >

      > “The version that has now emerged from House-Senate negotiations
      > includes the strongest set of sanctions ever enacted to isolate any
      > country with which we were not in armed hostilities.”

      >

      > The Israel lobby has now edged its way from belligerent talk to openly
      > manipulating American foreign policy toward Iran. Frankly, there’s no
      > time to write Congress and ask them to resist AIPAC's pressure tactics.

      >

      > Instead, here’s what I’m asking you to do: please send the link we’ve
      > established for AIPAC’s call for war as far and wide as you can. Then
      > send it to the media with a note that simply says, “Is AIPAC pushing for
      > war with Iran?” Include two links with your message: one to a CNI
      > backgrounder on Israel-Iran and to an article by our Executive Director,
      > Phil Giraldi (a former CIA Station Chief) entitled “What War with Iran
      > Might Look Like.”

      >

      > Yes, many in the media are already part of the Israel lobby—but many are
      > still interested in an honest story: powerful interests working behind
      > the scences is still news. Contact the media using CNI’s link to the
      > AIPAC memo and the link to Phil’s article. Exposing AIPAC’s hand early
      > in the process just may make Congress take a wait-and-see position—it is
      > an election year, so politicians tend to play safe.

      >

      > […]

      >

      > Gratefully,

      >

      >

      > Alison Weir

      > President, CNI

      >

      >

      > July 31, 2012

      > Vote Yes – The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act
      > (H.R.1905)

      > Dear Representative,

      > We write in strong support of H.R. 1905, The Iran Threat Reduction and
      > Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. The legislation, authored by
      > Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Howard Berman, will be
      > considered by the House on Wednesday. We strongly urge you to vote YES.

      >

      > In an effort to dissuade Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons
      > capability, the House overwhelmingly passed in December the Iran Threat
      > Reduction Act which tightened sanctions on Iran. The version that has
      > now emerged from House-Senate negotiations includes the strongest set of
      > sanctions ever enacted to isolate any country with which we were not in
      > armed hostilities. H.R. 1905 incorporates legislative initiatives of
      > many members from both the House and Senate and will:

      > place virtually all of Iran’s energy, financial, and transportation
      > sectors under U.S. sanction. Companies conducting business with Iran in
      > these sectors face losing access to U.S. markets;

      > impose sanctions designed to prevent Iran from repatriating any proceeds
      > from its oil sales, thus depriving Iran of 80 percent of its hard
      > currency earnings and half of the funds to support its national budget;

      > impose tough new sanctions on the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC),
      > the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) and Iran’s Islamic
      > Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC);

      > target Iran’s use of barter transactions to bypass sanctions, the
      > provision of insurance to Iran’s energy sector, and the provision of
      > specialized financial messaging services to the Central Bank of Iran;

      > click here to learn more about the legislation and how it will raise the
      > pressure on Iran.

      > In the past six months, the United States and our international partners
      > have substantially increased the economic pressure on Iran and engaged
      > in several rounds of talks with Tehran. Unfortunately, Iran has rebuffed
      > the opportunity for serious negotiations while stepping up the pace of
      > its nuclear program.

      >

      > America and our allies must unite in a tough response to Iran’s
      > belligerent approach. We must continue to send a strong message to
      > Tehran that it will face unremitting pressure until it complies with its
      > international obligations and end its nuclear weapons quest.

      >

      > We strongly support The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act
      > (H.R. 1905) and urge you to vote YES on Wednesday.

      > Sincerely,

      >

      > Howard Kohr

      > Executive Director Marvin Feuer

      > Director, Policy &

      > Government Affairs Brad Gordon

      > Director, Policy &

      > Government Affairs

      > Council for the National Interest Foundation

      > 1350 Beverly Rd., Suite 115-100 · McLean, VA 22101

      > · 202.863.2951 ·

      > http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/

      >

      >
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