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Senator Tim Johnson taking on the Iran war hawks

January 7, 2014
Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota

Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota

Today I find reason to support Democrat South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson. According to Politico Senator Johnson will not help any Senate bill that would place sanctions on Iran while diplomatic talks are going on. This from the Politico article:

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) said on Monday evening that the only way a sanctions bill from Iran hawks will be considered while diplomatic talks continue is by skipping his committee of jurisdiction and taking it straight to the Senate floor.

While Johnson has a sanctions bill ready to go in case ongoing nuclear talks with Iran falter, he is keeping it on the backburner. And the chairman warned of the ramifications if the House or the Senate decides to pass its own sanctions bill, even if that legislation includes a negotiating window.

“That makes a great deal of difference. The secretary of state has told us that it would collapse if they do the sanctions, even if it’s tentative,” Johnson said.

I’ve been watching the Iran situation intently for quite some time. Back when the House voted 400-20 on the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013 I posted that sanctions are not the best path forward. Not only are sanction ineffective; they end up hurting the people of the country sanctions are being placed upon and actually increase the power of the very leaders we are trying to hurt. Instead of trying to isolate the youth of Iran we should be embracing them and try to bring western culture into their country. That would do more to change the political climate in Iran than any sanction. As I said in November the people of Iran simply don’t understand why they are being punished with sanctions. We need to come up with a solution that includes the people of Iran, instead of causing more misery upon them.

Now, I don’t think Senator Johnson is opposed to sanctions as a rule. This is because he has a bill ready to go with sanctions if diplomatic talks fail. Yet I can still support this move from Senator Johnson. Even if he is doing it for the wrong reasons, at least he is trying to restrain the US government from making yet another foreign intervention mistake (if only temporarily).

  1. Lanny Stricherz
    January 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    No news here. There were a total of 10 committee chairs who opposed this resolution by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mark Kirk(R-IL), The bill was introduced at the behest of AIPAC the Israeli lobby that has so much control of our Congress. That is what made this opposition by Senator Johnson and the other nine Chairs, so surprising.

    • January 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Yeah, actually I’m not sure why Johnson is opposing it. It doesn’t match other actions he has taken lately, and he is not up for re-election.

  2. Merlyn Schutterle
    January 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    While my experience with Johnson has been totally negative, he is right about our strategy in the middle east. My son-in-law, an MD is from the middle east and , he thinks the situation we are trying now is hopeless no matter what we do.

    I will never forget when I questioned Johnson at the state fair once. When we had him nailed down, he jumped on his golf cart and headed out with his supporters and left me and my niece, Truth Justice Kliensasser, about 12 at the time, standing there wanting an answer.

    He is just another ass-kissing politician.

    • January 8, 2014 at 8:12 am

      I’ve heard many similar stories about Johnson. Especially when asked questions he doesn’t want to touch.

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