Wexler takes a stand: Iran resolution must change!



Amid the swirling controversy over H.Con.Res. 362, Representative Robert Wexler (D-FL) argued on Wednesday that the “Iran Resolution Must Change.” We here at NIAC completely agree. In an article published in the Huffington Post the Congressman argued that H.Con.Res.362 must not be passed as it currently stands. Instead, he says America must engage in diplomacy with Iran and not use military force.

H.Con.Res.362 has been particularly controversial because it contains language that can be interpreted to recommend imposing a naval blockade on Iran. A blockade is an act of war and Wexler writes that many people “express real concerns that sections of this resolution will be interpreted by President Bush as “a green light” to use force against Iran.” Prominent figures and academics have argued along the same lines, as was seen by the op-eds written by Trita Parsi and Shlomo Ben-Ami and Cyrus Bina and Sam Gardiner.

In addition, Congressman Lacy Clay of Missouri officially withdrew his cosponsorship of H.Con.Res. 362 this week, echoing the criticisms of a number of Representatives on this bill.

Wexler’s main contentions with the blockade resolution are “its failure to advocate for direct American engagement with Tehran and open language that could lead to a US blockade of Iran.” Consequently he promised to “lead an effort to make changes to this resolution before it comes to the Foreign Affairs committee for a vote.” He said that it is his goal to add language “highlighting a more effective American strategy that calls for direct engagement with Tehran.” This is positive news and we hope that Rep. Wexler will succeed in making such amendments.

However, time is not on our side and the resolution already has 238 cosponsors. Nevertheless, Wexler himself is a co-sponsor but has said that the ability to make alterations “will ultimately determine whether or not I will continue to support H. Con. Res. 362.” Therefore one hopes that he will be able to gain support from those who have already signed onto the legislation, as well as from those who oppose it.

The fact that it is Wexler raising these objections is significant. This is because he is a key supporter of the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama. Though his statement was not intended to represent the Obama campaign, his position as a central campaign surrogate suggests that Obama’s position can’t be far off. This is important from our community’s viewpoint, especially given Obama’s clear foreign policy intention of placing a strong emphasis on diplomacy with Iran.

What is also notable is that Wexler is viewed as a strong potential candidate for Florida’s Senate race in the 2010. Florida has the sixth largest Iranian-American population in the country. Consequently, from the stance he has taken on H.Con.Res. 362, voters in Florida can get some idea of how he might act if he were to be elected Senator. Watch this space for more developments!


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by toofantheoncesogreat (not verified) on

This shows a decimal point of possible NIAC and IAPAC power in politics, and why we need them. No wars, no sanctions and no covert operations, IRI is to be removed by Iranian hands alone.

K Nassery

The Iranian people need to put pressure on the regime.

by K Nassery on

Pressure from the Iranian people forced Khomeini to stop the Iran/Iraq War.  I don't want chaos in Iran.  The planet has enough problems.  Elect a  reformist as President and push forward in an organized way.


This is good keep the pressure on them

by Observer (not verified) on

The following is my congressman's reply to my email encouraging him not to vote for the bill:

"Thank you for taking the time to express your concerns about H.Con.Res. 362. I appreciate hearing your concerns, and welcome the opportunity to respond to your comments.

As you know, H.Con.Res. 362, introduced by Rep. Gary Ackerman, calls for additional sanctions on people and goods entering and leaving Iran. I am currently not a cosponsor of this legislation. I am concerned that this resolution does not do enough to encourage a productive diplomatic dialogue with Iran, and instead imposes sanctions which will further escalate the situation.

I believe that the United States must use its leverage to bring Iran onto a path towards peace. This cannot be achieved through the Bush Administration's policy of silent treatment, nor can it be achieved through inflaming ill will towards Iran, as could be construed by H.Con.Res. 362.

You might be interested to know that I am a cosponsor of H.Res. 143, which urges the President to appoint a Special Envoy for Middle East peace, and I am very supportive of H.R. 5056, which would provide for the appointment of a high-level United States representative, or special envoy, for Iran. This envoy would be responsible for easing tensions and normalizing relations between the United States and Iran.

In the face of the current conflict in the Middle East region, I still believe that peace is possible, and the United States must provide help to bring that peace to fruition. H.Con.Res. 362 is currently awaiting action in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and you can be sure I will keep your views in mind should it come before me for a vote.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important issue. Your comments help me to better represent the people of our Congressional District."


Now go after the Islamist republic

by Fred on

Glad to see Waxler is back, till further notice, in the good graces of the NIAC lobby. Any lobbying the Islamist republic side to stop its anti-Iranian modus operandi on NIAC’s agenda?