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JFP 3/16: Reps. Answer Petraeus, Demand Swift Withdrawal, Substantial Drawdown

Just Foreign Policy News
March 16, 2011

*Action: Urge your Rep. to Vote Yes on Kucinich-Jones Afghanistan withdrawal resolution
On Thursday, the House is expected to vote on a resolution introduced by Dennis Kucinich and Walter Jones that would require the president to withdraw all U.S. military troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year. An amendment last month to the same effect narrowly missed getting a majority of House Democrats.
FCNL has provided a toll free number: 800-530-1748. When talking to your Rep's office, you can also ask them to co-sponsor Rep. Lee's bill which would restrict military funds to being used for a safe and orderly withdrawal.

For a sample script for your call, go to:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hconres28-call

Alternatively, you may email your Representative here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/kucinichandlee

Washington Smackdown: Petraeus vs. "Substantial Drawdown"

A substantial drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan would save many American and Afghan lives and tens of billions of dollars. It would open political space in Afghanistan for a negotiated political resolution that ends the civil war.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/washington-smackdown-petr_b_836207.html

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JFP 3/15: 3 in 4 support "substantial drawdown"; House to vote on Afghan withdrawal

Just Foreign Policy News
March 15, 2011

Washington Smackdown: Petraeus vs. "Substantial Drawdown"
A substantial drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan would save many American and Afghan lives and tens of billions of dollars. It would open political space in Afghanistan for a negotiated political resolution that ends the civil war.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/washington-smackdown-petr_b_836207.html

*Action: Urge your Rep. to Vote Yes on Kucinich-Jones Afghanistan withdrawal resolution
On Thursday, the House is expected to vote on a resolution introduced by Dennis Kucinich and Walter Jones that would require the president to withdraw all U.S. military troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year. An amendment last month to the same effect narrowly missed getting a majority of House Democrats.
FCNL has provided a toll free number: 800-530-1748. If you use this number to call the Capitol Switchboard, FCNL will be able to say, "X number of people called." When talking to your Rep's office, you can also ask them to sign Rep. Lee's "substantial drawdown" letter.

*Action: Write your Rep. to sign the bipartisan "significant July drawdown" letter
54 Reps. have signed a letter being circulated by Barbara Lee's office, urging President Obama to follow through on his promise of a July drawdown of troops from Afghanistan with a significant withdrawal. Many Reps. who recently voted to cut funding for the war have yet to sign the Lee letter. Urge your Rep. to sign. The letter is expected to close Wednesday.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/leeletter

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Washington Smackdown: Petraeus vs. "Substantial Drawdown"

Gen. David Petraeus spoke today before the Senate Armed Services Committee, and is speaking tomorrow before the House Armed Services Committee, selling Congress a "progress" story about the war in Afghanistan that isn't believed by US intelligence analysts. Whether Members of Congress choose to believe Petraeus' reassurances over the assessments of the U.S. intelligence community ("who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?") could prove decisive in determining whether the July drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan that President Obama has promised will be "token," as the Pentagon wants, or is "substantial," as the overwhelming majority of Americans want. The stakes are high: a substantial drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan this year would save many American and Afghan lives and tens of billions of dollars, and would open political space in Afghanistan for a negotiated political settlement that ends the civil war.

The Los Angeles Times reported:

 

When Gen. David H. Petraeus appears before Congress on Tuesday to tout progress in Afghanistan, he will face a series of pessimistic assessments about the state of the war, including the intelligence community's conclusion that tactical gains achieved by a U.S. troop surge have failed to fundamentally weaken the Taliban.

At a hearing last week,

 

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JFP 3/14: Karzai slams US military operations; Saudi troops enter Bahrain

Just Foreign Policy News
March 14, 2011

*Action: Urge your Rep. to sign the bipartisan "significant July drawdown" letter
54 Reps. have signed a letter being circulated by Barbara Lee's office, urging President Obama to follow through on his promise of a July drawdown of troops from Afghanistan with a significant withdrawal. Many Reps. who recently voted to cut funding for the war have yet to sign the Lee letter. Urge your Rep. to sign. The letter is expected to close Wednesday.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/leeletter

*Action: Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan
H.R.780 stipulates that funds for operations of U.S. forces in Afghanistan will be spent only for providing safe and orderly withdrawal of U.S. forces.
Check to see if your Rep. has co-sponsored; ask them to co-sponsor if they haven't.
You can view the cosponsors here
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR00780:@@@P
You can ask your Rep. to co-sponsor here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr780

Al Jazeera video: Arab League passes contradictory resolutions on Libya
The Arab League endorsed calls for the UN to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. But the Arab League also opposed foreign military intervention. Al Jazeera's correspondent examines the obvious contradiction. [Note: text at the link claims the league "reportedly decided to recognize a rebel council as the representative of the Libyan people," but this claim is contradicted by other press reports - JFP.]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOMHvdZE5G0

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JFP 3/11: Aristide Return "Imminent"; Threat of Trial Keeps Gadhafi Fighting

Just Foreign Policy News
March 11, 2011

*Action: Urge your Rep. to sign the bipartisan "significant July drawdown" letter
So far, 54 Reps. have signed a letter being circulated by Barbara Lee's office, urging President Obama to follow through on his promise of a July drawdown of troops from Afghanistan with a significant withdrawal. Urge your Rep. to sign.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/leeletter

"No-Fly Zone"? Senator Kerry, the UN Charter Is Supreme Law
A no-fly zone in Libya, if it is not authorized by the UN Security Council, would violate the UN Charter. The framers of the UN Charter gave this power to the Security Council for a reason: to ensure that military force would only be authorized with broad consent. The Security Council should use its leverage to press for a diplomatic resolution of the conflict that recognizes the interests of all the stakeholders in Libya.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/no-fly-zone-senator-kerry_b_833060.html

Action: Urge President Obama and Members of Congress to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention in Libya
Unilateral U.S. military action without UN Security Council authorization would be a grave violation of the UN Charter. As U.S. military officials have pointed out, the imposition of a "no-fly zone" would not be "bloodless": it would be preceded by extensive bombing of Libya's anti-aircraft facilities. Such bombing would almost certainly cause civilian casualties. As Defense Secretary Gates has said, the last thing the U.S. needs is a war in another Muslim country. Urge the White House and your representatives to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention.

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JFP 3/10: Obama vows to resist Libya pressure; Karzai cousin killed in night raid

Just Foreign Policy News
March 10, 2011

"No-Fly Zone"? Senator Kerry, the UN Charter Is Supreme Law
It's one thing for Senator McCain to engage in what Defense Secretary Gates called "loose talk" about U.S. military intervention in Libya. It's far more damaging for Senator Kerry to do it. Of course, Kerry voted yes on the Iraq war in 2002, and in August 2004 said he stood by his vote. Kerry was wrong then and is wrong now; a no-fly zone in Libya, if it is not authorized by the UN Security Council, would violate the UN Charter. The framers of the UN Charter gave this power to the Security Council for a reason: to ensure that military force would only be authorized with broad consent. The Security Council should use its leverage to press for a diplomatic resolution of the conflict that recognizes the interests of all the stakeholders in Libya.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/no-fly-zone-senator-kerry_b_833060.html

Action: Urge President Obama and Members of Congress to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention in Libya
Unilateral U.S. military action without UN Security Council authorization would be a grave violation of the UN Charter. As U.S. military officials have pointed out, the imposition of a "no-fly zone" would not be "bloodless": it would be preceded by extensive bombing of Libya's anti-aircraft facilities. Such bombing would almost certainly cause civilian casualties. As Defense Secretary Gates has said, the last thing the U.S. needs is a war in another Muslim country. Urge the White House and your representatives to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/nobombsforlibya

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JFP 3/9: Lugar, Feinstein challenge calls for US intervention in Libya

Just Foreign Policy News
March 9, 2011

"No-Fly Zone"? Senator Kerry, the UN Charter Is Supreme Law
It's one thing for Senator McCain to engage in what Defense Secretary Gates called "loose talk" about U.S. military intervention in Libya. It's far more damaging for Senator Kerry to do it. Of course, Kerry voted yes on the Iraq war in 2002, and in August 2004 said he stood by his vote. Kerry was wrong then and is wrong now; a no-fly zone in Libya, if it is not authorized by the UN Security Council, would violate the UN Charter. The framers of the UN Charter gave this power to the Security Council for a reason: to ensure that military force would only be authorized with broad consent. The Security Council should use its leverage to press for a diplomatic resolution of the conflict that recognizes the interests of all the stakeholders in Libya.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/no-fly-zone-senator-kerry_b_833060.html

Action: Urge President Obama and Members of Congress to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention in Libya
Unilateral U.S. military action without UN Security Council authorization would be a grave violation of the UN Charter. As U.S. military officials have pointed out, the imposition of a "no-fly zone" would not be "bloodless": it would be preceded by extensive bombing of Libya's anti-aircraft facilities. Such bombing would almost certainly cause civilian casualties. As Defense Secretary Gates has said, the last thing the U.S. needs is a war in another Muslim country. Urge the White House and your representatives to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/nobombsforlibya

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JFP 3/8: Kerry dodges question on need for UN to authorize no fly zone

Just Foreign Policy News
March 8, 2011

"No-Fly Zone"? Senator Kerry, the UN Charter Is Supreme Law
It's one thing for Senator McCain to engage in what Defense Secretary Gates called "loose talk" about U.S. military intervention in Libya. It's far more damaging for Senator Kerry to do it. Of course, Kerry voted yes on the Iraq war in 2002, and in August 2004 said he stood by his vote. Kerry was wrong then and is wrong now; a no-fly zone in Libya, if it is not authorized by the UN Security Council, would violate the UN Charter. The framers of the UN Charter gave this power to the Security Council for a reason: to ensure that military force would only be authorized with broad consent. The Security Council should use its leverage to press for a diplomatic resolution of the conflict that recognizes the interests of all the stakeholders in Libya.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/no-fly-zone-senator-kerry_b_833060.html

On Sunday, Kerry dodged a question from Washington Stakeout on whether a no-fly zone would require UN authorization:
Kerry: Authorization for No-Fly Zone "Would be Better"
http://www.washingtonstakeout.com/

Action: Urge President Obama and Members of Congress to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention in Libya

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"No Fly Zone"? Senator Kerry, the UN Charter is Supreme Law

Surely no-one has been surprised to see Senator McCain engaged in what Defense Secretary Gates has rightly called "loose talk" about the use of U.S. military force in Libya.

But to see Senator John Kerry, the Democratic head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - the man who as a Vietnam veteran joined other anti-war veterans in asking who would be the last American to be asked to die in Vietnam - engage in such "loose talk" - that is a more painful cut.

Of course, this is the same Senator Kerry who voted to authorize the U.S. invasion of Iraq in October 2002, even though such action was never authorized by the UN Security Council, and was therefore a major war crime in international law - the crime of aggression. And this is the same Senator Kerry who, as a presidential candidate in August 2004, stood by his vote for the war.

Here is a basic fact about the world that mainstream U.S. media - and politicians like John Kerry - generally find distasteful to acknowledge. The Charter of the United Nations rules out the use of military force by one UN member state against another except in two cases: self-defense against armed attack, and actions approved by the UN Security Council.

Obviously, Libya has not attacked the United States, and there is no realistic prospect that it will do so.

Therefore, because it is an act of war, in order to be legal under international law, the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya must be approved by the UN Security Council. There is no way around it.

The United Nations Charter is not an obscure document that can be safely ignored when it is convenient to do so. It is the founding document of the United Nations. It is the Constitution of the world.

JFP 3/7: Libyan Rebels Accused Of Targeting Blacks; Sens Ask No Fly Zone; Zenga Zenga goes viral

Just Foreign Policy News
March 7, 2011

Action: Urge President Obama and Members of Congress to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention in Libya
Unilateral U.S. military action without UN Security Council authorization would be a grave violation of the UN Charter. As U.S. military officials have pointed out, the imposition of a "no-fly zone" would not be "bloodless": it would be preceded by extensive bombing of Libya's anti-aircraft facilities. Such bombing would almost certainly cause civilian casualties. As Defense Secretary Gates has said, the last thing the U.S. needs is a war in another Muslim country. Urge the White House and your representatives to oppose a unilateral U.S. military intervention.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/nobombsforlibya

*Action: Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan
"H.R.780 - To provide that funds for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated and expended only for purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan."
Check to see if your Rep. has co-sponsored; ask them to co-sponsor if they haven't. You can reach your Rep. through the Congressional switchboard: 202-225-3121.
You can view the cosponsors here (recent: Velazquez, 3/3/2011; Nadler, 3/3/2011; Hirono, 3/3/2011):
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR00780:@@@P
You can ask your Rep. to co-sponsor here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr780

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