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WASHINGTON - Members of the House left Washington on Friday for their two-week spring break without weighing in on the international crisis tormenting the nation's closest ally: the capture of 15 British sailors and marines by Iran.
The omission by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., is being noted by some Republicans, who say they should have gotten the chance to join the Senate in denouncing Tehran's bold actions.
Originally posted by jtma508
Bone-up on the situation shots. Britain has specifically requested that the US NOT make any statements or release any rhetoric that could inflame the situation. We're obviously doing as they requested.
Daly said the British government had not asked Congress to try to pressure Tehran.
"The leadership discussed it and agreed that inserting Congress into an international crisis while ongoing would not be helpful," Daly said.
The United States, however, is deliberately remaining low key about the situation because the British goverment has asked it to do so, senior U.S. officials tell CNN.
The officials said the British had asked the U.S. not to make harsh statements about the incident that would set up the incident as a U.S. versus Iran issue.
"They have asked us to keep the rhetoric down and not do anything that would jeopardize their efforts to get the sailors and marines released," one senior official said.
Originally posted by seagull
I don't think it would inflame the situation much more than it is already, if the House and Senate voted to support the British in this moment of crisis. Solidarity with our most important ally should certainly be worth postponing their departure for Easter recess.
Originally posted by justanothergangster
because iran will take our support and twist it to make it look like and endgame scenario.....imean have you noticed what happens when we do ANYTHING in that region...people blow up...we dont know why...we dont want to........we just hope ALL of them will blow up after a while and we can leave