Thursday, September 06, 2007

Rubin: How to Stop War with Iran

Last night I read Barnett Rubin’s Theses on Policy Toward Iran at Informed Comment Global Affairs and think it’s one of the best articles I’ve read about the likelihood of an attack on Iran and what we can do about it.

This morning Juan Cole provides a summary: “Barnett Rubin gives us a thoughtful call to arms on how to prevent war with Iran at the Global Affairs blog. After analyzing the way the Bushies would probably go to war if they can, Rubin writes:

' The immediate goal for Democratic presidential candidates and the Democrats (and sensible Republicans) in Congress should be to use the power of the legislative branch to prevent the administration from launching a war. I can think of two possible ways to do this: [bolding mine]

* Pass an Act of Congress stating that the 2001 AUMF does not authorize a preemptive strike against Iran (or a strike in response to an alleged provocation – recall Tonkin Gulf). In this case, Congress would claim that war with Iran requires new authorization.

* Cut off funding for any war with Iran not specifically authorized by Congress in accordance with the law after September 30, when spending starts out of next year’s budget. Presumably they won’t be able to start the war by then and rely on the “support the troops” argument. In coordination with this immediate response, responsible leaders in both parties should articulate an alternative policy toward Iran starting with the same principle as the Helsinki Accords of 1975 – no regime change. '

"Read the whole thing"

Then go to to find contact information for your Congressional representatives and urge them to take action per Rubin’s suggestions.

(photo of Barnett Rubin –

1 comment:

Jeff Strahl said...

Don't mean disrespect, but this is almost funny, in a tragic way. The Democrats are quite clear that they support maximum pressure on Iran, not because they are cowed by Bush, but because they represent the interest of the US ruling elite, one of whose basic interests has been control of Middle East oil since 1944 (when *Democrat* FDR was president). They are not gonna take military measures off the table, because military domination is how the US has controlled the Middle East. Don't forget the Carter Doctrine, the first statement that control of Middle East oil is a vital interest which justifies US military intervention. On this, there has never been a split between the Demos and Reps. And this will be ever more true as Peak Oil, already a reality, is increasingly recognized as such by real world events.