Support H.R. 198: Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (End the "War on Terror")Submitted by SantaClauseIsComing on Sun, 03/24/2013 - 02:55
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…do the thing you think you cannot do."
~ Elizabeth Roosevelt
Let's get this thing traction NOW! This is one of the most important bills I've seen since Ron Paul's End The Fed...We need Rand to get on this and lead the GOP to support it so it can be truly bipartisan.
Put the pressure on your Congressman to cosponsor this bill by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. There are nine cosponsors so far, the latest joining March 13th.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
By Norman Solomon, NormanSolomon.com | Op-Ed
Congress waited six years to repeal the Tonkin Gulf Resolution after it opened the bloody floodgates for the Vietnam War in August 1964.
If that seems slow, consider the continuing failure of Congress to repeal the “war on terror” resolution -- the Authorization for Use of Military Force -- that sailed through, with just one dissenting vote, three days after 9/11.
Prior to casting the only “no” vote, Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke on the House floor. “As we act,” she said, “let us not become the evil that we deplore.”
We have. That’s why, more than 11 years later, Lee’s prophetic one-minute speech is so painful to watch:
The “war on terror” has inflicted carnage in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere as a matter of routine. Targets change, but the assumed prerogative to kill with impunity remains.
Now, Rep. Lee has introduced H.R. 198, a measure to Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force. (This week, several thousand people have already used a RootsAction.org special webpage to email their Senators and House members about repealing that “authorization” for endless war.) Opposed to repeal, the Obama administration is pleased to keep claiming that the 137-month-old resolution justifies everything from on-the-ground troops in combat to drone strikes and kill lists to flagrant abrogation of civil liberties.
A steep uphill incline faces efforts to repeal the resolution that issued a blank political check for war in the early fall of 2001. Struggling to revoke it is a valuable undertaking...
9 cosponsors (8D, 1R)
Conyers, John [D-MI13]
Edwards, Donna [D-MD4]
Ellison, Keith [D-MN5]
Grijalva, Raúl [D-AZ3]
Jones, Walter [R-NC3] - joined Jan 18, 2013
Moran, James “Jim” [D-VA8] - joined Mar 12, 2013
Pingree, Chellie [D-ME1] - joined Mar 12, 2013
Holt, Rush [D-NJ12] - joined Mar 13, 2013
McGovern, James “Jim” [D-MA2] - joined Mar 13, 2013