"No, that resolution does not empower the president or give him the authority to go forward in Iran. "What I'm concerned about with the president is that he will try to make it look as if he's making diplomatic overtures which are not really of the depth and breadth that they have to be and then say 'well, I've exhausted the diplomatic remedy.' "So what we have to do on the Congressional side, on our oversight is to, again, be unequivocal in Congress and globally that we do not want them [Iran] to go forward and that we do not want to increase the number of nuclear powers in the world. It endangers the world, it's wrong. "But, on the other hand, we have time to do this right and we're going to keep a close watch on the president so that he doesn't call a gesture or token diplomacy as 'well, we tried that and it did not work.'"Speaker Pelosi also confirmed what Bob Cesca wrote in Tuesday's Huffington Post: That one of the conditions being placed on the Iraqi government by the White House is that American oil companies be given first shot at Iraqi oil and be allowed to keep 75 percent of the profits. "In the president's proposal, one of the standards that he's setting for them to meet is that 75 percent of the oil production goes to U.S. companies," she said. "This is stunning -- 75 percent of the production goes to the U.S. Is this what our kids are over there for?" But Pelosi is also confident that even George W. Bush has little choice at this point but to admit that he has lost his grip on absolute power and, especially when it comes to escalating the Iraq debacle, will have to contend realistically with strong Democratic opposition. "The election was a referendum against the president's policies in Iraq, and the president is going to have to, at some point, listen to the American people and we as their representatives will be strong voices -- strong voices for them," said Pelosi. "I think that the president is paying more attention, of course, because we're in power but, more importantly, because the American people have spoken." You can read more from Bob at BobGeiger.com.