The Washington Independent
The Washington Independent

Gibbs Welcomes House Iran Resolution

Last updated: 07/31/2020 08:00 | 06/19/2009 11:04
Anita Barnes

Given that the Obama administration worked last night with House Democrats to soften the language of Rep. Mike Pence’s (R-Ind.) Iran resolution — which passed by a 405-1 margin today — it should come as no surprise that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just now told reporters, “we welcome the resolution.” The current language is pretty much what Iranian human rights groups want, even if they didn’t want Congress to pronounce such sentiments, namely support for human rights and condemnation of violence “by the Government of Iran and pro-government militias.” That’s the first time that the Obama administration has signed on to an attribution of responsibility for the violence. Gibbs called it a “quibble.” It isn’t.

But what also shouldn’t come as a surprise is Republicans pretending like the resolution represents a massive departure from the administration’s rhetoric, either. Nowhere in the resolution does it actively support any side or party in Iran, as the administration has refused to do, and every word about human rights is commensurate with what President Obama has said himself. It’s ludicrous for, say, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to say that Obama should “follow the lead of this House” in supporting a resolution that passed because of White House intervention. But this is a stunt for House Republicans to demonstrate their relevance and use the demonstrations as a cudgel against Obama. It should be fairly clear from all the bloviations about Ronald Reagan defeating the Soviet Union by sheer force of will that the GOP doesn’t care about the prospect of U.S. intervention being counterproductive for the Iranian opposition. Indeed, if the regime cracks down on the protesters over the next several days, watch to see Republicans and conservatives lining up to say it’s because Obama didn’t take a stronger stand, whatever that means.

Still, the Obama administration made its bed by working with the resolution. Adam Blickstein at Democracy Arsenal says to expect several days’ worth of self-congratulatory GOP rhetoric pretending that Obama hasn’t said what he’s said or intervened to pass the resolution.

Anita Barnes | With over twenty years of professional experience in the design industry, I'm a web designer and front-end web developer. As a small business owner, I am familiar with the difficulties that come with running a business. One of those challenges is creating a strong online presence. One that not only represents your ever-changing brand and personality, but also appeals to your target audience. Throughout my web design career, I've built a distinct design style that emphasizes attention to detail. I assume that less is enough when it comes to design. You don't have to have all the bells and whistles only because you can. It's critical to figure out which elements are essential for getting your message through to your customers – and which ones are unnecessary. I'll assist you in sorting through the choices to see what works best for you.


Exposing Domestic Intelligence “Fusion Centers” in Michigan

EPA Administrator Addresses Concerns About Oil Spill Waste Management

At a hearing of the national oil spill commission today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson addressed concerns about waste disposal from

E-Verify Mandate Begins Today

The Obama administration today begins implementation of a new mandate to require all federal contractors to check the legal status of their employees to confirm

EPA administrator defends allowing Florida to write its own water pollution rules

The EPA seal (Pic via The Environmental Protection Agency has come under fire for its decision to allow the state of Florida to write its own water pollution rules (known as “numeric nutrient criteria”). EPA Regional Administrator Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming is now firing back, writing that the Agency commends the state Department of Environmental Protection for its draft of a proposed standard. A host of environmental groups filed suit in 2008, seeking to compel the EPA to implement a strict set of water pollution standards in Florida, arguing that the state was in violation of the Clean Water Act.

EPA administrator fires back at critics in op-ed

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (Pic by USACEpublicaffairs, via Flickr) EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson penned a new op-ed for the Los Angeles Times , criticizing House Republicans desperately seeking to undermine the authority of the agency they have dubbed a “job killer.” Arguing that the environment affects red states and blue states alike, Jackson writes that “it is time for House Republicans to stop politicizing our air and water.” As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Jackson has faced harsh criticism from House Republicans and GOP presidential candidates who say the agency’s regulations are an undue burden on businesses that have to cut jobs simply to comply with clean water and air rules. Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann  has pledged to end the EPA if she takes office. “Since the beginning of this year, Republicans in the House have averaged roughly a vote every day the chamber has been in session to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency and our nation’s environmental laws,” writes Jackson.

EPA Analysis Says Climate Bill’s Cost for Households Would Be ‘Modest’

All the attention on the energy front today is going to the BP spill, but the Environmental Protection Agency quietly released its long-anticipated analysis of

EPA administrator says federal nutrient criteria is a ‘myth’

In testimony given late last week, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that false accusations about her agency’s numeric nutrient criteria to govern Florida waterways are proving to be a detriment to their implementation. # Testifying before the House Agriculture Committee, Jackson said her agency’s work was often “mischaracterized” and addressed several myths surrounding its work

EPA: BP Has 24 Hours to Find a Less Toxic Chemical Dispersant

Thought the massive quantities of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico were the only major threat to the country’s southeast coastal waters right now? Think

EPA biologist says fracking may be partly to blame for West Virginia fish kill

New documents obtained by an environmental news service show that an EPA analyst believes that wastewater from fracking may be partly responsible for a fish kill in a West Virginia river. Scientific American reports : U.S

© Copyright 2021 The Washington Independent All Rights Reserved

Terms & Privacy |