President Bush recently put his signature on the Iran Freedom Support Act, which mirrors the Iraq Liberation Act passed in 1998 that is considered a possible catalyst for the current conflict in Iraq. It may be too soon for our nation to even consider any kind of resolution with Iran through conflict while the battle still rages in Iraq.
Amid the hullabaloo of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, the republican controlled congress quietly and overwhelmingly passed the Iraq Liberation Act that was signed into law in October of 1998.
“This Act makes clear that it is the sense of the Congress that the United States should support those elements of the Iraqi opposition that advocate a very different future for Iraq than the bitter reality of internal repression and external aggression that the current regime in Baghdad now offers,” Clinton said in a press conference the day of the signing.
A month ago, in the midst of this year’s mid-term election campaign season, congress passed the Iran Freedom Support Act with very little public attention.
The bill calls for “democratic transformation” in Iran and outlines U.S. support for everything short of direct military aid to forces in favor of a regime change. The bill eight years ago gave outright U.S. support to military forces desiring to subvert the Iraqi dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.
This new piece of legislation and the impact it could have on diplomatic communications with Iran over its nuclear weapons initiative has not been widely covered by mainstream media outlets and therefore not been subjected to the court of public opinion.
The public should weigh in on what course of action they believe the government should take in dealing with mounting tensions and security issues with Iran.
Perhaps with our nation still stinging from the prolonged and unexpected course that actions in Iraq have taken, the government should take a step back to first allow a diplomatic discourse with Iran.

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