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Senators: "no authority exists for action against Iran"

30 Democratic Senators, led by Jim Webb (D-VA), sent a letter to the President:

We are writing to express serious concerns with the provocative statements and actions stemming from your administration with respect to possible U.S. military action in Iran. These comments are counterproductive and undermine efforts to resolve tensions with Iran through diplomacy.


We stand ready to work with your administration to address the challenges presented by Iran in a manner that safeguards our security interests and promotes a regional diplomatic solution, but we wish to emphasize that offensive military action should not be taken against Iran without the express consent of Congress.

Senator Obama declined to sign the letter. He says he doesn't think it goes far enough. According to his spokeman:

Senator Obama admires Senator Webb and his sincere and tireless efforts on this issue. But it will take more than a letter to prevent this administration from using the language contained within the Kyl-Lieberman resolution to justify military action in Iran. This requires a legislative answer and Senator Obama intends to propose one.
According to this Zogby poll, though, 52% of likely voters would support a strike against Iran. And about as many think the U.S. will strike Iran before the next election. Sad to say, I think I'm part of that second group. What a tremendous propaganda machine the right has. I need a drink.
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