Let Another Nation Declare War for U.S. — Seriously?
Three days after 9/11, Congress gave presidents the power to launch wars. Now a resolution in the Senate would effectively allow a foreign nation to launch the United States into a war.
Following a long list of falsehoods and half-truths about Iran, S.R.65 “urges that, if the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in self-defense, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide diplomatic, military, and economic support.”
This is “self-defense” in the sense that the U.S. attack on Iraq was “self-defense.”
Tell the Senate to obey the U.S. Constitution.
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As a Democrat this does not just disturb me, it utterly disgusts me. I used to think Boxer was a principled, peace loving person so reading this is really horrifying. I guess we all want to be in a bit of denial about just how far the cancer of corruption really has spread in our government, but when the evidence is so blatant it is hard to stay there.
No foreign nation should ever dictate our foreign policy. No corporation, no group, no cabal should have control of the We the People, our government and our lives-because when you start a war THAT is what is at stake.
War is NOT the answer, no matter what the question is. 😦
Tikkun has a petition, or letter writing campaign to ask our elected representatives to refrain from joining in to this insanity. I will post it as soon as I can-but if you only see this article, just go to Tikkun and look for Iran(or google Tikkun Iran War and it will come up!)
Why Do Senators Boxer and Wyden Want to Bomb Iran?
Remember when we pilloried John McCain for singing about bombing Iran?
Wouldn’t it be a scandal if it turned out that California Senator Barbara Boxer and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden were pushing the same agenda?
I have bad news, I’m afraid. They are.
Sen. Boxer and Sen. Wyden, both Democrats, are original cosponsors of a bill – the “Back Door to Iran War” bill – being promoted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – that would endorse an Israeli attack on Iran. The bill, sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (shocked!) says that if Israel attacks Iran, then the United States should support Israel militarily and diplomatically. In other words, if Israel attacks Iran, then the United States should join the attack. That would be the opposite of current Obama administration policy, which is to try to distance the United States from any Israeli attack. The effect of the policy being advocated by Boxer and Wyden would be to allow the Israeli prime minister – as things stand, Mitt Romney’s BFF Benjamin Netanyahu – to decide by himself when to involve the United States in a war with Iran.
As Iran policy expert and former White House official Gary Sick says:
“Initiating a war is the gravest step any nation can take. This legislation would effectively entrust that decision to a regional state. Such a decision is an American sovereign responsibility. It cannot be outsourced.”
As if that weren’t bad enough, the AIPAC/Graham bill would “reiterate” [sic] that United States policy is “to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon capability and to take such action as may be necessary to implement this policy.”
But that’s not the Obama administration’s policy, and thus the word “reiterate” is a lie. (this ecerpt is only an intro to the full article which can be read at the link below-
I am posting the intro here, and the full story is at Truthout(link below intro). I can’t say I am happy to post this-but I am only following my President’s advice to me and his other supporters when he won in 2008. He said that we had to hold his feet to the fire and make sure he does what he said, what we want.
I am sure he knew going in that the President has much less actual power or choice than most Americans believe he does and so he knew that only with loud public outcry could he even hope to begin the changes he, and we, believed in.
I do not know what to think of some of the choices he has made, or been forced to make. I would love to see an expose of how he was forced to allow the drone strikes-but until I see that all I can do is ask my President, the man I worked to elect-what are you thinking?
How can you tuck your children in at night, look at their faces and NOT see the faces of the children those drones have blown apart? If that is what you see-how can you allow it to continue? If you are being forced, Mr President, pressured against your own deepest morals then ask us to back you up and we will! But please find a way to make it stop.
A simple twist of fate has set President Obamas second Inaugural Address for January 21, the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.
Obama made no mention of King during the Inauguration four years ago — but since then, in word and deed, the president has done much to distinguish himself from the man who said I have a dream.
After his speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963, King went on to take great risks as a passionate advocate for peace.
After his Inaugural speech in January 2009, Obama has pursued policies that epitomize Kings grim warning in 1967: When scientific power outruns moral power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.
But Obama has not ignored Kings anti-war legacy. On the contrary, the president has gone out of his way to distort and belittle it.
In his eleventh month as president — while escalating the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan, a process that tripled the American troop levels there — Obama traveled to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. In his speech, he cast aspersions on the peace advocacy of another Nobel Peace laureate: Martin Luther King Jr.
The president struck a respectful tone as he whetted the rhetorical knife before twisting. I know there’s nothing weak — nothing passive — nothing naive — in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King, he said, just before swiftly implying that those two advocates of nonviolent direct action were, in fact, passive and naive. I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people, Obama added.
Moments later, he was straining to justify American warfare: past, present, future. To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism
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It is an absolute travesty that my President who I voted for and worked to elect would continue the grotesque and ridiculous “Negroponte Doctrine” of supporting and blocking criticism of Israel’s actions at the UN no matter WHAT they do.
Are we Israeli’s or Americans? Why should we OBEY a foreign government at all much less when they are committing obvious and obscene human rights violations?
There was apparently a peace accord being worked on behind the scenes between the Palestinian Hamas leader who was murdered the other day and some faction of the Israeli government.
It is sick that the faction in power is more invested in power than in PEACE for ALL citizens there, Israeli and Palestinian. The PEOPLE are suffering on both sides, and it is up to US in the USA to stop the support that allows the nutjobs in power there to keep the suffering going. Without Obama’s backing Netanyahu cannot keep this up.
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Demand Israel end its attacks on the Gaza Strip and Palestinian territories
Israel is attack Gaza and killing innocent people everyday. This needs to end now. America we cannot stand for this!
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