"Iran War Resolution" ShelvedSeptember 26, 2008 - by Donny Shaw
>The House Democratic leadership has effectively shelved a resolution calling for what critics say would amount to a naval blockade of Iran because of concerns that it could provoke another war, officials on Capitol Hill said.
>Even though the document would not be a law but a “statement of policy” aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the Democratic leadership is worried that it could be viewed by the Bush administration as a green light to use military force against Iran, officials said.
>The draft “demands that the president initiate an international effort” that would impose “stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains and cargo entering or departing Iran.” It would also ban “the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products.”
The resolution, H.Con.res.362, has raised serious concerns on OpenCongress and elsewhere that enforcing its demands would require a naval blockade of Iran, a move regarded internationally as an act of war.