Please, everyone, join me in urging your Senators to defeat Senate Resolution 65 which would commit us to a disastrous war with Iran that would not even be entered into by our own decision. Use my letter below as a base if it helps. I’m sending a slightly different version to my other Senator, Angus King, because he has not sponsored the Resolution.
Dear Senator Collins,
With utmost seriousness I urge you to withdraw your support for, and in fact work to defeat Senate Resolution 65.
S.Res. 65’s conclusion, “if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel” would commit us to war with Iran whenever Israel decides. It would not be our Government but Israel’s that decides whether or not to invade Iran.
Although S.Res.65 ends: “Nothing in this resolution shall be construed as an authorization for the use of force or a declaration of war”, that is exactly what it is. If the Government of Israel decides to strike Iran, S.Res.65 would commit us, too.
War on Iran is very much against our interests. As former Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) Robert Gates, said in a speech on October 3 last year: “The results of an American or Israeli military strike on Iran could, in my view, prove catastrophic, haunting us for generations … An attack would make a nuclear-armed Iran inevitable. They would just bury the program deeper and make it more covert.”
Just like the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, the claim that Iran is making nuclear weapons is false. US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate on March 12 this year: “We do not know if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons”. He said Iran is not enriching to weapons grade and we could quickly detect it if they do. Inspectors at the International Atomic Energy Agency who monitor Iran’s nuclear sites say the same thing.
I care deeply about this both as an American and a parent. I proudly support our son’s service in the military. I believe you care about him, too. Do not blindly commit him to a war that is against our interests and would not even be entered into by our own decision.