Give Iran Negotiations a Chance to Work

Just called my senators to see where they stood on the Menendez bill to increase sanctions on Iran in advance of negotiations.

I was pleased to learn that Carl Levin has already said he opposes the bill.

I assumed Debbie Stabenow would also and was prepared to just say thanks. Instead, I was told that she hasn’t taken a stand but that “she supports sanctions.” I said everyone supports sanctions; the issue is whether the sanctions that have already brought Iran to the negotiating table will be given a chance to work or whether we are going to increase sanctions beforehand and in effect declare war on Iran.

The staffer replied that she was just telling me what she knew but that Debbie hadn’t yet made an official statement. I told her I was extremely disappointed, that I had always voted for Debbie, and that I expected better.

It’s not too late to call your senators. In Michigan:

 Senator Carl Levin
Phone: (202) 224-6221

Senator Debbie Stabenow
Phone: (202) 224-4822

Ken Observes 9-11 by Calling His Representatives

On this remembrance of 9-11, what better way to observe the unprovoked invasion of our country by one from the Mideast than by not committing an unprovoked invasion of another country from the Mideast by our country?

Called my Southeast Michigan representatives this afternoon:

  • Rep. John Dingell: I told a staff member I opposed war and said there were lots of other options before war became the answer. He took down my name and address but didn’t say where Dingell stood.
  •  Sen. Carl Levin: I said the same to Levin’s staff member. The staff member noted that the senate vote had been pushed back. Levin was looking to see if Syria would be serious about Russia’s offer to put their chemical weapons under international control. Further, Levin didn’t believe we would have gotten to this point without the threat of force. The staff member said Levin is hoping for a diplomatic resolution but didn’t say anything about if or when Levin believed military force would be necessary.
  •  Sen. Debbie Stabenow: I said the same to Stabenow’s staff member. He said with Obama’s speech last night, they’re pushing back the vote. So she hasn’t made a decision yet. He took down my name and address.

I don’t always believe that our representatives are listening to us but in this case I do. But only if lots of voices continue to say no to war and we cry far louder than the neocons and the murder industry.