Rep. Louie Gohmert has reintroduced his resolution expressing support for Israeli military action on Iran.  The measure has 44 cosponsors—all of whom are Republicans.  25 of the cosponsors are in the House Tea Party Caucus, including potential presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann.

The resolution has been introduced  just in time for Bibi Netanyahu’s address to Congress this morning.

At a time when former Mossad chiefs are saying bombing Iran would be “a stupid idea” and the Defense Minister is attempting to dial back hysteria and free Israel from its bomb Iran bluff, House Republicans seeking to look tough on Iran are prodding Israel in the other direction.

H.RES.271: Expressing support for the State of Israel’s right to defend Israeli sovereignty, to protect the lives and safety of the Israeli people, and to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the use of military force if no other peaceful solution can be found within reasonable time to protect against such an immediate and existential threat to the State of Israel.

(Full list of original cosponsors below the jump)

Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1]

Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6]

Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6]

Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7]

Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10]

Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5]

Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31]

Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7]

Rep Duncan, Jeff [SC-3]

Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17]

Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2]

Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5]

Rep Gowdy, Trey [SC-4]

Rep Granger, Kay [TX-12]

Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-13]

Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4]

Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3]

Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49]

Rep King, Steve [IA-5]

Rep Kline, John [MN-2]

Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5]

Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7]

Rep Landry, Jeffrey M. [LA-3]

Rep Long, Billy [MO-7]

Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY]

Rep Manzullo, Donald A. [IL-16]

Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24]

Rep McClintock, Tom [CA-4]

Rep McKinley, David B. [WV-1]

Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5]

Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10]

Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1]

Rep Mulvaney, Mick [SC-5]

Rep Pearce, Stevan [NM-2]

Rep Pence, Mike [IN-6]

Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16]

Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2]

Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4]

Rep Price, Tom [GA-6]

Rep Scott, Tim [SC-1]

Rep Smith, Adrian [NE-3]

Rep Walberg, Tim [MI-7]

Rep Walsh, Joe [IL-8]

Rep West, Allen B. [FL-22]

Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3]

Posted By Jamal Abdi

    2 Responses to “House Republicans endorse Israeli military action on Iran”

  1. Pirouz says:

    And we at NIAC who are participating in the demonization campaign against the Islamic Republic of Iran are facilitating this sort of thing.

    You can’t have it both ways. You can’t continue to say “Bad. bad, Iran” and then get all alarmed when the party of war, the Republicans, put forward legislation like this.

    I mean, how politically naive can you be?

    Yes, this is what happens when you think you’re being clever and opting for a sycophantic approach toward your political connections in Congress.

    I’m not saying you give up on your ideals. Just be a little more truthful with yourselves; quite with the myopic servility and for gosh sakes stop contributing toward the demonization campaign.

  2. mickeywhite says:

    Marsha, you job is not to decide if another country can fight another country. Focus Girl!
    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :

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Dear Mr. Page:

It has come to our attention that Google has begun omitting the title of the Persian Gulf from its Google Maps application. This is a disconcerting development given the undisputed historic and geographic precedent of the name Persian Gulf, and the more recent history of opening up the name to political, ethnic, and territorial disputes. However unintentionally, in adopting this practice, Google is participating in a dangerous effort to foment tensions and ethnic divisions in the Middle East by politicizing the region’s geographic nomenclature. Members of the Iranian-American community are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts, particularly at a time when regional tensions already have been pushed to the brink and threaten to spill over into conflict. As the largest grassroots organization in the Iranian-American community, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) calls on Google to not allow its products to become propaganda tools and to immediately reinstate the historically accurate, apolitical title of “Persian Gulf” in all of its informational products, including Google Maps.

Historically, the name “Persian Gulf” is undisputed. The Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy referencing in his writings the “Aquarius Persico.” The Romans referred to the "Mare Persicum." The Arabs historically call the body of water, "Bahr al-Farsia." The legal precedent of this nomenclature is also indisputable, with both the United Nations and the United States Board of Geographic Names confirming the sole legitimacy of the term “Persian Gulf.” Agreement on this matter has also been codified by the signatures of all six bordering Arab countries on United Nations directives declaring this body of water to be the Persian Gulf.

But in the past century, and particularly at times of escalating tensions, there have been efforts to exploit the name of the Persian Gulf as a political tool to foment ethnic division. From colonial interests to Arab interests to Iranian interests, the opening of debate regarding the name of the Persian Gulf has been a recent phenomenon that has been exploited for political gain by all sides. Google should not enable these politicized efforts.

In the 1930s, British adviser to Bahrain Sir Charles Belgrave proposed to rename the Persian Gulf, “Arabian Gulf,” a proposal that was rejected by the British Colonial and Foreign offices. Two decades later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company resurrected the term during its dispute with Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister whose battle with British oil interests would end in a U.S.-sponsored coup d'état that continues to haunt U.S.-Iran relations. In the 1960s, the title “Arabian Gulf” became central to propaganda efforts during the Pan-Arabism era aimed at exploiting ethnic divisions in the region to unite Arabs against non-Arabs, namely Iranians and Israelis. The term was later employed by Saddam Hussein to justify his aims at territorial expansion. Osama Bin Laden even adopted the phrase in an attempt to rally Arab populations by emphasizing ethnic rivalries in the Middle East.

We have serious concerns that Google is now playing into these efforts of geographic politicization. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Google has stirred controversy on this topic. In 2008, Google Earth began including the term “Arabian Gulf” in addition to Persian Gulf as the name for the body of water. NIAC and others called on you then to stop using this ethnically divisive propaganda term, but to no avail. Instead of following the example of organizations like the National Geographic Society, which in 2004 used term “Arabian Gulf” in its maps but recognized the error and corrected it, Google has apparently decided to allow its informational products to become politicized.

Google should rectify this situation and immediately include the proper name for the Persian Gulf in Google Maps and all of its informational products. The exclusion of the title of the Persian Gulf diminishes your applications as informational tools, and raises questions about the integrity and accuracy of information provided by Google.

We strongly urge you to stay true to Google’s mission – “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – without distorting or politicizing that information. We look forward to an explanation from you regarding the recent removal of the Persian Gulf name from Google Maps and call on you to immediately correct this mistake.



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