"It calls for pre-positioning planes, bombs, ships, munitions and for naval maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz. This is not about defense. This is about offense."
"I was a third string quarterback on not a very good varsity football team and I know the difference between defense and offense. We're preparing to go on offense on Iran which does not have nuclear weapons and has no intention or real capability to attack the United States."
"We're about to make the same disastrous mistake we made against Iraq. This bill does not explicitly authorize war, perhaps, but that's beside the point. It's licensing it. It sets the stage for it in an election year."
"Wake up, Congress."
On March 1, HR 568 was introduced. It expresses the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the importance of preventing the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons "capability."
On March 17, it passed. On February 16, a comparable Senate bill was introduced. So far, no action was taken. Expect easy passage ahead.
Ron Paul said some of his House colleagues believe the legislation amounts to "Congressional approval for the use of military force against Iran."
HR 568 states:
"Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) warns that time is limited to prevent the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability;
(2) urges continued and increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran to secure an agreement with the Government of Iran that includes--
(A) the full and sustained suspension of all uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities;
(B) complete cooperation with the IAEA on all outstanding questions related to Iran's nuclear activities, including--
(i) the implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; and
(ii) the verified end of Iran's ballistic missile programs; and