Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Betty McCollum signed onto legislation that would create a special envoy to Iran:
Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced the “Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War Through Diplomacy Act,” which would create a high level Special Envoy to Iran. The act pushes diplomacy as a vital route to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and directs the President to appoint a Special Envoy to pursue direct, sustained, bilateral and multilateral negotiations with the Government of Iran in order to prevent war, and support human rights.
“The darkening clouds surrounding Iran’s nuclear program are troubling. We must use all diplomatic tools available, including engaging in direct bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. To do that, we must lift the ‘no contact policy and begin negotiations,” Congresswoman Lee said.
The bill calls for eliminating the State Department’s ‘no contact’ policy that prevents State Department officers and employees from making any direct contact with Iranian counterparts. The bill outlines measures to pursue opportunities to build mutual trust and to foster sustained negotiations in good faith with Iran.
Original cosponsors include Representatives Earl Blumenauer, John Conyers, John Dingell, Keith Ellison, Rush Holt, Hank Johnson, James McGovern, Jim Moran, Betty McCollum, and Bobby Rush.
It isn’t surprising that Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Betty McCollum joined this group of far left legislators.
First, Rep. Johnson thought that Guam would capsize if troops would redeploy there from Iraq. That isn’t figuratively speaking. Rep. Johnson actually thought that.
Next, Barbara Lee is so far to the left on national security that she’s to the left of Dennis Kucinich. That doesn’t take some doing. That requires divine intervention to get to the left of Dennis Kucinich.
Barbara Lee is the only member of Congress to vote against authorizing war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
What’s more important than how far left these Democrats are is the fact that they’re pushing a policy that can’t succeed. Negotiating with terrorists is perceived as proof of weakness. It doesn’t do a thing to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
In the end, Ellison and McCollum are pushing a policy that works against the interests of the United States and the entirety of western civilization. That sounds a bit overdramatic but it’s accurate.