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After a good 15-20 minute conversation with Wexler’s chief of staff, Eric, and then an extended conversation with Cheryl, I put together the following message to Eric.

Thanks for the phone time this morning. Much appreciated.
Here are the questions we discussed on the Rob Kall Radio Show last night that we'd like to have answered by congressman Wexler:

OpEdNews editor Cheryl Brien-Wright wrote:

1. The resolution states there is nothing that "shall be construed as an authorization of the use of force against Iran," but if Iran responds aggressively to the above actions such as US ships stopping Iran's and attempting to board for inspection (as I believe the US would respond aggressively if such a thing were imposed on us) would the President not then have reason to retaliate militarily?

2. Where does it state in the resolution the demand that the President work with an international coalition not an American unilateral act.


And, as I discussed with you, here's my question.

This resolution will give Bush an excuse to combine the congressional authorization given to him in 2001 to respond to terrorists so he claims he has explicit approval from congress to ratchet up the effort to block Iran from importing finished petroleum products to include a naval blockade. And isn't it a mistake to trust Bush not to exceed the authorization here, so he will use the resolution as a pretext to start violent hostilities?

Lastly, as we discussed, this process of follow-up of a live interview with the "big" follow up questions that weren't asked seems to be an idea that could dramatically improve the current state of the media. When TV interviewers have two minutes with an interviewee, there's no way to get real substantive discussion that gets to the meat of the issues accomplished. Willingness to follow the short interview with a detailed, more in depth response makes for a more informed public and more transparent leadership. Your participation in this sets an example. There's no reason why all the other media people on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc. can't be doing the same thing we are doing. I'd like a brief comment on your thoughts of the idea of a post live interview follow-up.

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I'll be posting your responses on OpEdNews.com and the Huffingtonpost.com

He replied pretty quickly that he’d have an answer for me. It didn’t happen overnight. That’s fair enough. It was the weekend. The answer came in on my birthday, Sunday, at 10:02 AM EST. Here’s what Wexler’s chief of staff had to say,

Here ya go Rob. I will get more info to you next week on what is happening with the resolution.

__________

Thanks for the phone time this morning. Much appreciated.
Here are the questions we discussed on the Rob Kall Radio Show last night that we'd like to have answered by congressman Wexler:

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OpEdNews editor Cheryl-Brien Wright wrote:

1. The resolution states there is nothing that "shall be construed as an authorization of the use of force against Iran," but if Iran responds aggressively to the above actions such as US ships stopping Iran's and attempting to board for inspection (as I believe the US would respond aggressively if such a thing were imposed on us) would the President not then have reason to retaliate militarily?

2. Where does it state in the resolution the demand that the President work with an international coalition not an American unilateral act?

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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who?... by Ben Kall on Tuesday, Jul 1, 2008 at 2:06:45 PM
on the first half hour.... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Jul 1, 2008 at 5:55:25 PM
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network news had been replaced by cable news and t... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Jul 2, 2008 at 10:16:58 AM
Intended or otherwise, I think you have hit on som... by Robert McElroy on Wednesday, Jul 2, 2008 at 10:41:08 AM
The key is that you did the follow up... The point... by Steve Windisch (jibbguy) on Wednesday, Jul 2, 2008 at 10:56:57 AM