Sunday, April 9, 2017

Here are the Brave Leaders Resisting the March to War

Sadly, as Glenn Greenwald points out, "...nothing unites people behind the leader more quickly, reflexively or reliably than war."  Unfortunately, most Republicans as well as many Democrats -- including Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and House minority leader Nanci Pelosi -- have stated their support of Trump starting a war with a country allied with another nuclear superpower.  According to FiveThirtyEight.com's Perry Bacon, "Most Senators Support Trump's Syria Airstrike".  He provides a list, stating that only six senators have come out vocally against Trump's strike.  His list is very incomplete, but it's a good place to start.  Here are the leaders who actually learned something from our disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Please lend your support to these individuals and message me we with any I'm missing at andrew@shrad.org.

Senators

Kamala Harris - Senator of California


Chris Murphy - Senator of Connecticut 


Rand Paul - Senator of Kentucky

"...actions often have consequences well beyond the obvious.  It is for this very reason that the Founders wanted a deliberate, thoughtful foreign policy, and when military action was needed, they wanted it debated and authorized by Congress."

Bernie Sanders - Senator of Vermont

“If there’s anything we should’ve learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which the lives of thousands of brave American men and women and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians have been lost and trillions of dollars spent, it’s that it’s easier to get into a war than get out of one. I’m deeply concerned that these strikes could lead to the United States once again being dragged back into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East. If the last 15 years have shown anything, it’s that such engagements are disastrous for American security, for the American economy and for the American people."

Brian Schatz - Senator of Hawaii

"The Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons is abhorrent, but a military response is not the answer. ... A one-off strike may satisfy our desire to hold Assad accountable but it risks deeper escalation without any sense of direction or objective... The United States must focus on leading a diplomatic effort among our partners and allies in the region to achieve a political solution that results in a post-Assad Syrian government that brings stability to the region."

Tom Udall - Senator of New Mexico

"We're heading rapidly toward another Middle East war with no strategy, no clear time frame or cost, and no authorization from Congress."

House Representatives


Keith Ellison - Representative from Minnesota

Raul Grijalva - Representative from Arizona

Mark Pocan - Representative from Wisconsin  (jointly, as leaders of the progressive caucus)

“In the absence of an imminent threat to the United States, the president must seek Congressional authorization prior to any act of war. ... These unauthorized attacks could pull the United States into a regional war and escalate this unprecedented humanitarian crisis."

"March to war in #Syria without a strategy is both dangerous and ILLEGAL. #Trump cannot go to war against #Assad w/o congressional approval."

Honorable Mention: Tim Kaine, for recognizing Trump's actions as unconstitutional, despite his misguided embrace of military action against Assad

“Assad is a brutal dictator who must be held accountable for his actions. But President Trump has launched a military strike against Syria without a vote of Congress. The Constitution says war must be declared by Congress. I voted for military action against Syria in 2013 when Donald Trump was advocating that America turn its back on Assad's atrocities. Congress will work with the President, but his failure to seek Congressional approval is unlawful.”

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