War Avoidance Still Missing From the U.S. Senate
September 23, 2012 • 9:45AM

Sometime very early this morning, the U.S. Senate voted 90-1 to pass a resolution that endorses further tightening of the screws on Iran, ostensibly over its nuclear program. Though the resolution, designated S.J. Res. 41, closes with the line "Nothing in this resolution shall be construed as an authorization for the use of force or a declaration of war," its language nonetheless helps set the stage for war. The resolution "warns that time is limited to prevent" Iran "from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability," and, after repeating the demands that the Obama has been making of Iran - complete suspension of uranium enrichment, complete cooperation with the IAEA, and a permanent agreement that assures Iran's program is peaceful - it warns again, as Obama has, that "the window for diplomacy is closing." If the "window for diplomacy is closing," that must mean that the window for war is opening.

The one vote against the resolution came from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who told the Senate that the resolution was nothing but an excuse for the use of military force.