Maxine Waters “Guarantees” the U.S. Will Not Support Israel Militarily Against Iran
It’s a guarantee that I’m sure the Iranian government is taking great pleasure in hearing. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, chief deputy whip of the Congressional Democrats and co-founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has “guaranteed” that the U.S. will not support Israel militarily should fighting break out with Iran.
This is not the first time that Waters has let a leftist cat out of the bag. But while admitting a desire to “socialize” the U.S. oil industry was, at most, an amusing “duh” moment, this new admission – which was not a slip-of-the-tongue, but a well-thought-out statement, is highly dangerous, possibly disastrous, to the already volatile situation regarding Iran and its nuclear ambitions. Regardless of what Ms. Waters can or can’t actually “guarantee,” Iranian leaders will no doubt be emboldened to hear a top-ranking Democrat make such a promise.
Speaking to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, at the organization’s annual International Women’s Day luncheon in Los Angeles this past Saturday, Waters told the attendees that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a “scared” man who puts on a front of bravado while privately kowtowing before President Obama, promising to take no action against Iran without Obama’s say-so (an insulting characterization of the Israeli leader, and one which, the truth of it aside, will energize Iranian hardliners).
And will the president ever give that say-so? Nope, according to Rep. Waters. And would Obama ever agree to assist our ally should hostilities break out between Israel and Iran? Nope again – she guarantees that won’t happen.
Here’s that portion of the speech:
In answer to a question posed by one of the luncheon attendees, “Is AIPAC running our Congress,” Waters pretty much says “yes:”
So, according to Ms. Waters, what should be done regarding Iran? After all, Waters is on record opposing all forms of nuclear proliferation. How do we stop Iran from developing nukes? Simple – sanctions, sanctions, sanctions!
Of course, someone like Ms. Waters, a member of Congress for twenty-one years, relies on the fact that the average American has a notoriously short memory when it comes to politics. It’s unlikely that too many people will recall that Waters is on record as stating, quite unequivocally, that economic sanctions don’t work.
Indeed, in 2000, she was one of the signatories to a letter delivered to then-President Clinton demanding that the economic sanctions against Iraq be lifted…because they weren’t working.
More than nine years of the most comprehensive economic embargo imposed in modern history has failed to remove Saddam Hussein from power or even ensured his compliance with his international obligations, while the economy and people of Iraq continue to suffer….Morally, it is wrong to hold the Iraqi people responsible for the actions of a brutal and reckless government. Politically, this policy deprives the Iraqi regime of any incentive to comply with UN resolutions and international norms.
So, if “the most comprehensive economic embargo imposed in modern history” failed, what chance does any lesser economic embargo have of succeeding?
Waters’ words deserve a side-by-side comparison:
2012: “I understand the sanctions are beginning to work somewhat in Iran. That these sanctions have created an economic problem for Iran. How can they continue to hold on if in fact we’re having an impact with these sanctions….let’s make it very tough for them.”
2000: “More than nine years of the most comprehensive economic embargo imposed in modern history has failed to remove Saddam Hussein from power or even ensured his compliance with his international obligations, while the economy and people of Iraq continue to suffer….Politically, this policy deprives the Iraqi regime of any incentive to comply with UN resolutions and international norms.”
These are two completely contradictory statements. 2012 Maxine Waters claims that sanctions that cause an “economic problem” for Iran, sanctions that “make it very tough for them,” will by their very nature force the Iranians to comply with UN resolutions and international norms.
2000 Maxine Waters claimed that “tough” sanctions that had an “economic impact” on Iraq by their very nature prevented the Iraqi regime from complying with UN resolutions and international norms.
Waters is well aware of the failure of sanctions in the case of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Yet, after giving the Iranian government an assurance that we will not help our ally Israel should fighting break out, she proceeds to advocate a policy regarding Iran that she knows will fail.
I’m curious if any reporters will ask President Obama, or at least Jay Carney, if Congresswoman Waters’ “guarantee” is supported by the president.
You can view Waters’ speech in its entirety here.