No New War in Iraq

I am 100% opposed to any new U.S. military intervention in Iraq.  My Democratic opponent is not. #NoNewWar

I call on my opponent to step up to his constitutionally mandated duty to vote on whether the country will go to war. I call on him and the rest of Congress to vote “NO” as a vote for peace, as I would. We can have peace, we ought to expect peace, and we should not accept anything but peace, not ever-greater destruction.  

The American people must have the opportunity to have their representatives openly debate this fool-hardy, disastrous course the military-industrial-political cabal is intent on forcing upon us. We have been down this road paved with lies from the warmongers before.

Since the war in Iraq has officially ended the President now has a constitutional requirement to ask Congress to vote on a declaration of war before sending any further armaments or military to Iraq. The original Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq does not apply to this situation. Kevin Zeese, the Attorney General for the Green Shadow Cabinet, cites the relevant language:

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. 

(a) Authorization.–The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to–

(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and

(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq. 

Zeese points out that:

It is a vast stretch to claim that Iraq poses any threat to the United States. Iraq does not have the capacity to threaten the United States. A change in government in Iraq does not change that basic reality. The U.S., with the most powerful military in the world history, is quite capable of defending itself against Iraq. Regarding the second clause, there are no current UN resolutions regarding Iraq that would authorize a military attack by the United States.

Beyond the U.S. Constitution and domestic law, there is international law to consider. Attacking another country with military force is the gravest crime a country can commit. A military attack is only allowed if authorized by the United Nations or if a country is under direct attack. Neither is true in the current situation in Iraq.

As your Green Party candidate for Congress I demand that the rule of law be respected: Congress, call for a vote on whether the country will go to war. President Obama, respect constitutional and international law. Pursue policies of peace, not war!

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Wade In Congress posted about No New War in Iraq on Wade In Congress' Facebook page 2014-06-20 07:52:10 -0500
I am 100% opposed to any new U.S. military intervention in Iraq. My Democratic opponent is not. #NoNewWar
Wade In Congress posted about No New War in Iraq on Wade In Congress' Facebook page 2014-06-20 07:50:17 -0500
I am 100% opposed to any new U.S. military intervention in Iraq. My Democratic opponent is not. #No New War