New Sanctions, Delisting MEK from Terror List, and War Options Top House Committee's Iran Agenda
NIAC News / staff
03-Dec-2010 (2 comments)

Washington, DC - As the House of Representatives prepares to switch from Democratic to Republican control in January, signals of the coming Iran agenda were on display as the Foreign Affairs Committee held its final Iran hearing under the chairmanship of Howard Berman (D-CA) on Wednesday.

Two top Obama Administration officials spent much of the hearing touting the President’s success in putting “draconian” sanctions in place against Iran, as called for by Congress.  But the officials, Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the State Department William Burns and Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Department of Treasury Stuart Levey, often found themselves on the defensive. 

“We’ve wasted enough time – fourteen years,” said Ileana Ros Lehtinien(R-FL), the top Republican on the Committee who will become its chairwoman next year.  “No more waivers, exceptions, excuses.”

While Burns and Levey highlighted that the Administration had gone further than any of its predecessors in enforcing sanctions, the Committee was largely unimpressed and demanded more strenuous measures.

“If these sanctions don’t work, then the next step would be a blockade,” said Don Manzullo (R-IL), looking over his shoulder to Ros Lehtinen.  “And the next step would be some type of—you hate to use the word—but military action.” 

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MKO? Again?

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ATTN California Residents:

"California Republicans Ted Poe and Dana Rohrbacher expressed their support for the MEK as well."

Brad Sherman (D-CA): Sherman also called for the passage of a resolution to take the MEK, an organization that enjoyed support from Saddam Hussein and has killed American and Iranian civilians, off of the US terrorist list.

Incoming Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen also expressed support for the MEK in her opening remarks.  “I’d like to start by recognizing some of my constituents who are in the audience; they are Iranian American, who are staunchly opposed to the Iranian regime,” she said.



CAL residents: Inform your congresspersons on MEK

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