3 Reasons to vote AGAINST H.RES. 568:
1. Congress should not confuse redlines or move the goalposts for war.
This resolution confuses the President’s redline that Iran not build or acquire a nuclear weapon. It states that, even if Iran does not move to acquire a nuclear weapon, a theoretical “capability” to make that decision is grounds for war.
2. This resolution takes diplomacy off the table.
Every country with a civilian nuclear program – from the Netherlands, to Canada, to Japan, to Iran—can technically be considered to have nuclear weapons “capability.” But this resolution rules out accepting Iranian “capability”—meaning even a verifiably peaceful nuclear program—would be unacceptable. This is a nonstarter for talks and a fatal obstacle to an inspections-based solution.
3. This resolution is a blank check for war.
Military strikes can only set Iran’s nuclear program back temporarily and convince Iran to build a bomb. By shifting up the redline for war, and ruling out diplomatic alternatives, this resolution could be used by the current or future president as justification for military action without Congressional authorization.
Senator Dianne Feinstein warned this resolution would interfere with upcoming diplomatic efforts with Iran: “I really believe that these negotiations should proceed without any resolutions from us right now....This is a very sensitive time. Candidly, I think diplomacy should have an opportunity to work without getting involved in political discussions about a resolution.”
Colin Kahl, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East (2009-2011) cautioned: “I think that all of us in this town need to be very careful of taking positions, whether its up on the Hill or out there, that box in our negotiators from being able to find a diplomatic solution....That’s what concerns me about the resolution.
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, warns: "This resolution reads like the same sheet of music that got us into the Iraq war, and could be the precursor for a war with Iran....it's effectively a thinly-disguised effort to bless war."