Gutted Lieberman-Kyl Iran Amendment Passes

Wasting time, good will and attempting to wreak havoc, the original Lieberman-Kyl Amendment on Iran was tantamount to granting President Bush the power to wage war against Iran. Still wasting time and attempting to wreak havoc, the Lieberman-Kyl Amendment was gutted of its war authorizing provisions, but remained provocative, unnecessary and stupid. It should have been voted down. It was not. It passed. Among the Ays was Senator Hillary Clinton. Among the Nays were Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Biden. Absent was Senator Barack Obama.

The Senators who voted NO to war with Iran:

Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Byrd (D-WV)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Dodd (D-CT)

Feingold (D-WI)

Hagel (R-NE)

Harkin (D-IA)

Inouye (D-HI)

Kennedy (D-MA)

Kerry (D-MA)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Leahy (D-VT)

Lincoln (D-AR)

Lugar (R-IN)

McCaskill (D-MO)

Sanders (I-VT)

Tester (D-MT)

Webb (D-VA)

Wyden (D-OR)

Emphasis supplied by me to those most notable imo.

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    McCain was also absent. Perhaps he (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 01:41:35 PM EST
    and Obama thought no one would notice.  The list of "nay" votes should be inscribed on a monument on the mall in D.C.  Hillary Clinton and Dianne Feinstein, on the other hand, should be scorned.  

    The votes weren't scheduled for today, so (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Geekesque on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 01:55:59 PM EST
    he probably gambled that they wouldn't happen and lost.

    His web/rapid response team is abysmal.  The current blog section is a bunch of banal nonsense.


    Obama keeps missing votes (5.00 / 3) (#5)
    by pioneer111 on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 03:39:22 PM EST
    that would be hard to explain.  He just does not know how to LEAD on issues.  

    And how could Democrats vote for anything sponsored by Lieberman????  They make me sick.

    The only positive I saw was Tester and Webb voting against this stupid bill.  I thought they were a lost cause.

    Clinton IS a lost cause.  It was confirmed today.


    Do you suppose Hillary Clinton voted (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 03:43:55 PM EST
    "yea" on the advice of Wesley Clarke?

    Hillary Rodham Thatcher. (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Geekesque on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 04:50:49 PM EST
    So much for Clark mitigating her hawkishness.

    My guess is that she invades Syria.


    I bet she invades New Jersey (none / 0) (#9)
    by dkmich on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 05:23:06 PM EST
    just to show her stuff. In 04, I thought Ralph Nader was a nut.  In 07, he's looking might good compared to the competition.  I know, I know.  Dodd has been on the right side of the issue so many times he's almost batting a thousand, but (I hate this line) there is no way in hell he will catch let alone beat Hillary.  She is ordained.

    Did the past five years in Iraq not register? (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Ellie on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 02:45:25 PM EST
    The admin fraudulently got the "authority" for their pet war on Iraq with the same weasely wording and then rammed it through media using PR thuggery and sham, patriotic triumphalism. At least some of Congress Carcasses are awake to what's happening:

    Chris Dodd said:

    I cannot support the Kyl-Lieberman amendment on Iran. To do so could give this President a green light to act recklessly and endanger US national security. We learned in the run up to the Iraq war that seemingly nonbinding language passed by this Senate can have profound consequences. We need the president to use robust diplomacy to address concerns with Iran, not the language in this amendment that the president can point to if he decides to draw this country into another disastrous war of choice. We shouldn't repeat our mistakes and enable this President again.

    via Greenwald, Salon, 09/26/2007

    What a total absence (4.00 / 1) (#13)
    by tnthorpe on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 07:55:36 PM EST
    of leadership from the Dems. They've embraced the politics of perpetual war whether from cowardice or foolishness, who knows or cares?

    I'll vote for Dodd should he get the nomination, or Edwards, but as for Clinton or Obama, they can take a hike. They're useless. They're irresponsible. Not one dime, not one volunteer hour, no vote, nada.

    They may well find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 08 by being such poor leaders and being seen repeatedly to be such poor leaders.

    Happy Joe Biden Day! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Geekesque on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 01:48:38 PM EST
    He gets his Iraq Plan endorsed by a 3/4 margin in the US Senate, and he gets to clobber Hillary and Obama over the Iran issue and the missed votes.

    What is with Bob Casey? Arlen Specter? (none / 0) (#8)
    by womanwarrior on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 04:59:00 PM EST
    I am really tired of my US Senators from PA.  What is with Bob Casey?  Arlen Specter?  We really did get Santorum-light with Casey.  Are you saying that all R's voted for it?  Why did I think this was a no-brainer?

    I thought Wes Clarke was against war on Iran.  Did I mistake some sarcasm?  

    I think the Pres of Iran is working for Bush, sometimes.  

    Well, I hope Edwards, Dodd, Biden, etc. eat them for lunch at the next debate.  Fooled me once, shame on you.  Fooled me twice, shame on me.  I am really disappointed in Hillary, but not surprised.  

    shh! don't complain about casey cuz (none / 0) (#14)
    by seabos84 on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 08:42:08 PM EST
    any Dem is better than a fascist!

    jeez! If the senate was controlled by the fascists, then bush would be getting everything he wanted with no accountability ...







    and I thought that Jeralyn Merrit was a Hillary (none / 0) (#10)
    by virginia cynic on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 05:41:37 PM EST
    supporter? Is she still? If so, then please spare us any wailing and gnashing of teeth when Hils cranks up some criminal armed response  or tells us again that she didn't get it and trusted, what? who?
    But wait, I forgot, Hillary is brilliant so this vote could not have been a mistake if Hillary chose to vote that way.
    Neither W nor Hillary can ever admit to a mistake and the country weeps.

    Dodd has not disappointed me yet (none / 0) (#12)
    by troqua on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 07:28:42 PM EST
    and I will continue to support him.  It's such a puzzle to me that he isn't more readily embraced by my fellow progressives.  He's been on our side all along, never faltering.  He's got his Debate Talk Clock up again for tonight.  

    Interesting to see Klobuchar (none / 0) (#15)
    by janinsanfran on Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 09:27:43 PM EST
    voted no. She was never expected to be an antiwar pillar.