I sh*t you not…! Plans to strike Iran “ready,” says U.S. Israel envoy…

U.S. plans for a possible military strike on Iran are ready and the option is “fully available”, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said, days before Tehran resumes talks with world powers which suspect it of seeking to develop nuclear arms.

Like Israel, the United States has said it considers military force a last resort to prevent Iran using its uranium enrichment to make a bomb. Iran insists its nuclear program is for purely civilian purposes.

It would be preferable to resolve this diplomatically and through the use of pressure than to use military force,” Ambassador Dan Shapiro said in remarks about Iran aired by Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday.

But that doesn’t mean that option is not fully available – not just available, but it’s ready. The necessary planning has been done to ensure that it’s ready,” said Shapiro…

From the AP…

US envoy to Israel: US ready to strike Iran

…In his speech, Shapiro acknowledged the clock is ticking.

We do believe there is time. Some time, not an unlimited amount of time,” Shapiro said. “But at a certain point, we may have to make a judgment that the diplomacy will not work.” {snip}

…In Tehran on Thursday, top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili warned against Western pressure at next week’s talks, which are a follow-up to negotiations in Istanbul last month that all sides praised as positive.

Cooperation is what we can talk about in Baghdad,” Jalili said in comments broadcast on Iranian state TV.

Some say time is running out for the talks,” he added. “I say time for the (West’s) pressure strategy is running out.

Now, if you were not aware of how bought-off by AIPAC, all our Congress Critters really are, today’s House votes and, the subsequent Senate floor action, should make it crystal clear…!

On the House side, H.Res. 568, passed by the overwhelming majority of 401-11…! To wit: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the importance of preventing the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability Capability…? As Dennis Kucinich had warned today…

…”This language represents a significant shift in U.S. policy, and would guarantee that talks with Iran currently scheduled for May 23, would fail,” Kucinich said. “Current U.S. policy is that Iran cannot acquire nuclear weapons. Instead, H.Res. 568 draws the red line for military action at Iran achieving a nuclear weapons capability, a nebulous and undefined term that would include a civilian nuclear program.”

Kucinich said this language would undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts with Iran…

I think that is the intent, DK…!

Meanwhile, on the Senate floor today…

Senators tussle over new Iran sanctions

Republicans blocked an attempt by Senate Democrats on Thursday to pass new sanctions against Iran, complaining the final language in the bill, which they had negotiated for months, is not tough enough to deter Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapons program.

Their objection angered Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who claimed he was being “jerked around” by Republicans.

“I’m deeply disappointed my Republican colleagues are preventing the Senate from passing additional critical sanctions against Iran. If they want to embarrass the president this is a strange way to do it,” Reid said during a testy floor exchange with GOP leaders…

…Republicans complained Democrats provided them the final language just minutes before they were asked to approve it. Republicans said the new wording appeared to water down the threat of U.S. military action against Iran if that country developed nuclear weapons; something President Obama has said is on the table.

“I’d like to think that’s an oversight in drafting and we can work this out over weekend and make this reflective of our national policy and the president’s policy,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri. “But I’d be very concerned about moving to this language today.”

“A little communication ought to be able to bring us together behind something we can speak to unanimously,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader. “Nothing, I think, to get angry about.”

Democrats want to get the sanctions bill completed before U.N.-sponsored talks with Iran about their nuclear program that begin next week in Baghdad. Reid said the Iranians probably were watching the Senate floor exchange on television and “laughing at us. Here is the United States Senate quibbling over a sentence.”

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, stepped between the two parties and said an agreement was possible because the differences between the two sides are actually “non-existent.”

Can you believe it that HoJo is actually right for once…?

I’m tired of being ‘jerked around’ myself, Harry, and I’m damn sure not Laughing…!

*gah*