NOTE: Downsize DC President Jim Babka guest-hosts a syndicated radio show tomorrow (Wednesday). Details in the P.S.
Quote of the Day: "I believe we should only go to war when it is in our national interest based upon an actual and imminent threat to the United States." - Sen. Rand Paul
The House is cornering President Obama into attacking Iran with a resolution that would undermine his diplomatic efforts.
A vote is scheduled TODAY to do just that.
That's why I sent this letter to Congress using DownsizeDC.org's No Conflict With Iran campaign...
Please do the same. You can borrow from or copy this letter...
I know that H Res 568 has 315 sponsors in the House.
But it does NOT have my consent. Nor does it possess the consent of the American people.
H Res 568 is irresponsible and reckless, especially considering that Iran will be meeting with the U.S. and other powers on May 23. A resolution like this will undermine diplomatic efforts.
H Res 568 rejects "containment" of a nuclear weapons "capable" Iran. This makes no sense. EVERY country with a peaceful nuclear program is similarly "capable" of developing nuclear weapons.
If "containing" Iran isn't an option, then war is the only other option. Remember...
* Iran has the right to a peaceful nuclear program under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
* U.S. and Israeli intelligence agree that not only does Iran NOT have a weapons program, but its leaders haven't yet decided to start one.
What, then, are the legal and ethical grounds for war on Iran?
This is pure political cowardice. H Res 568 pressures the President to attack Iran, but won't give explicit authority for him to do so. This way, Congress can blame the President when the war goes badly.
If the resolution is NOT intended to be an authorization of force, then put in explicit language that says so.
Even if you are a co-sponsor, you must oppose H Res 568 if it isn't amended with language explicitly clarifying that it is NOT an authorization to use force.
I also insist that you put in similar language in the National Defense Authorization Act.
You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.
TIME IS SHORT. THE VOTE COULD OCCUR TODAY. THAT'S WHY WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AS WELL. You can find his or her number when you are logged in to the campaign page.
P.S. Tomorrow (Wednesday), I guest-host Straight Talk w/Jerry Hughes on the Accent Radio Network.
I'll talk about the Real ID Act with Shelia Dean of BeatTheChip.org.
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