Congress Puts Foot in Mouth on Sinking of ROKS Cheonan

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Lew: Your post on the unraveling of the official lie regarding the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan reminded me that shortly after the Korean govt/CIA “investigation” concluded, of course, that the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan was all the fault of the pesky North Koreans, the US House, true to form, took up a warmongering, aggressive resolution to fan war flames in the direction of North Korea. Rep. Paul — along with Reps. Kucinich and Jones (NC) — made up the sole three no votes on the resolution, which was couched in crocodile tear language about the loss of the South Korean soldiers. Foot, meet mouth, Congress…

Here is the Roll Call vote.

Below are the Resolved clauses of the bill (H.RES.1382) — see especially the final clause, ominously calling for “other appropriate actions in response to the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan.”

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) expresses its sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of the sailors of the Republic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Cheonan who were killed in action on March 26, 2010;

(2) stands in solidarity with the people and the Government of the Republic of Korea in the aftermath of this tragic incident;

(3) reaffirms its enduring commitment to the alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States and to the security of the Republic of Korea;

(4) supports the findings and conclusions of the investigation report released by the Government of the Republic of Korea on May 20, 2010;

(5) condemns North Korea in the strongest terms for sinking the ROKS Cheonan;

(6) calls for an apology by North Korea for its hostile acts and a commitment by North Korea never to violate the Korean War Armistice Agreement again;

(7) urges the international community to provide all necessary support to the Republic of Korea as the Government of the Republic of Korea prepares to respond to the actions committed by North Korea, which led to sinking of the ROKS Cheonan;

(8) urges the international community to fully and faithfully implement all United Nations Security Council Resolutions pertaining to security on the Korean Peninsula, including United Nations Security Council Resolution 1695 (2006), United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718 (2006), and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874 (2009); and

(9) further urges the United States, in coordination with its allies and partners, to take other appropriate actions in response to the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan and other hostile acts of North Korea.

10:47 am on July 24, 2010