Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Statement of Bush Administration Policy on Iran in the Defense Authorization Bill

On July 10, the Bush administration released its Statement of Policy on S. 1547, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. Regarding Iran, the Statement of Policy states:

"Amendments on Iran: The Administration strongly opposes amendments to the bill to restrict the ability of the United States to deal effectively with the threats to regional security posed by the conduct of Iran, including Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons. The Administration also notes that provisions of law that purport to direct or prohibit international negotiations, covert action, or use of the armed forces are inconsistent with the Constitution’s commitment exclusively to the presidency of the executive power, the function of Commander-in-Chief, and the authority to conduct the Nation’s foreign policy. If the bill were presented to the President with provisions that would prevent the President from protecting America and allied and cooperating nations from threats posed by Iran, the President’ senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."

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