According to the Washington Bureau Chief, the Senate has passed the “Lieberman Amendment” on Senate Bill 1547: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. With a final vote of 97-0, the bill is passed and the possibility of another war has just inched forward.
WASHINGTON – The Senate Wednesday put aside a growing schism over the conduct of the Iraq war and rallied around a strongly-worded warning to Iran authored by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.
The House version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (H.R. 1585), passed 397-27.
Update: The record of the Senate vote is now online here. Only three senators were absent from the vote, Brownback (R-KS), Johnson (D-SD), and Vitter (R-LA). Everyone else in the senate, including presidential candidates Clinton, McCain and Obama voted for the amendment.
Further commentary available here.
Unsurprisingly, Ron Paul was one of the few brave souls to vote against this bill in the House. Earlier this year, he publicly denounced the growing military rhetoric against Iran:
Unfortunately, the war-mongers are far more numerous, and the drum beat continues to get louder.
Update: According to the L.A. Times, most of the foreign insurgents in Iraq come from Saudi Arabia, not Iran.
Update: The house has passed a bill to cling on the United Nations Security Council to charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with violating the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and the United Nations Charter because of his “calls for the destruction of the State of Israel”. It passed 411-2; only Paul and Kucinich voted against it.