Still more "fool me once"
I've been talking about the U.N. resolution that the U.S. wants passed with regards to Iran, and specifically the fact that it's intended to be under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which would allow military action to enforce it.
Well, seems the U.S.'s ambassador to the U.N. is trying to downplay the military aspect of the resolution:
In his testimony to Congress, Bolton said it was possible that a Chapter 7 resolution demanding that Iran suspend its nuclear program could clear the Security Council with abstentions by Russia and China.
But he dismissed a suggestion that the Bush administration might use such a resolution as the basis for military action, saying its only purpose would be to demand Iranian compliance.
Ohhhh, oooo-kay! It's just there to put pressure on Iran! Well, that's DIFFERENT.
Oh, wait - the resolution passed with respect to Iraq in 2002 was also a Chapter 7 resolution.
Specifically, Resolution 1441, which the U.S. and U.K. used as justification for the invasion, was passed under Chapter 7:
Resolution 1441 ultimately passed—by a vote of 15-0—because its ambiguous wording was able to placate all parties. Recognizing the continued threat Iraq poses to international peace and security, recalling that Resolution 678 authorized member states to use all necessary means to implement relevant subsequent resolutions, and noting that Resolution 687 imposed conditions on Iraq—with which it has not complied—the council made clear that Iraq "has been and remains in material breach of its obligations under relevant resolutions." It is significant that the council explicitly noted that it was acting under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter.
This was the resolution, as you'll recall, which Preznit Bush pretended was Iraq's "last chance":
With the passage of this resolution, the world must not lapse into unproductive debates over whether specific instances of Iraqi noncompliance are serious. Any Iraqi noncompliance is serious, because such bad faith will show that Iraq has no intention of disarming. If we're to avert war, all nations must continue to pressure Saddam Hussein to accept this resolution and to comply with its obligations and his obligations.
In confronting this threat, America seeks the support of the world. If action becomes necessary, we will act in the interests of the world. And America expects Iraqi compliance with all U.N. resolutions.
...and we all know where that went.