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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Friday, January 03, 2020

Stop U.S. & Israeli war on Iran!


US Senate Candidate Lisa Savage Condemns Airstrike Against Iran, Calls For Restoration of Congressional Authority Over US Military

US Senate Candidate Lisa Savage of the Maine Green Independent Party strongly condemned Thursday’s airstrike near the Baghdad, Iraq, airport. At least five individuals were killed in the drone attack, including Major General Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard and Chief of the elite Quds Force Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, pro-Iranian chief of an umbrella group for Iraqi militias.

The Pentagon confirmed they had acted on President Trump’s orders, bypassing Congress. The airstrike was allegedly a defensive action to protect US personnel abroad but instead could provoke a hot war in the region amid increasingly strained relations between the US and Iran.

“US military aggression serves war profiteers, not the people. We cannot bomb our way to a peaceful resolution of the conflict zone our nation has created in Iraq. Nor is deliberately provoking Iran in our best interests as a nation. Diplomacy is urgently needed,” said Savage in a statement Friday. “A wise government would adhere to international law, including the Kellogg-Briand Pact, Nuremberg Charter, and United Nations Charter, which prohibit pre-emptive wars or first strikes.”

“The restoration of congressional authority over the president's use of the US military is needed now more than ever,” said Savage, an antiwar organizer in Maine for years prior to announcing her run for the US Senate under ranked choice voting. “We need senators and congresspeople willing to stand up to the Pentagon and the executive branch of government to say no to more warmongering. We need elected officials who reflect the will of the people rather than the will of corporate campaign donors who profit from endless war." 

The Green Party US platform calls for the repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) 2001, and opposes other measures 'authorizing' preemptive or illegal military actions, delegating to the president sole power to commit acts of war.

For more information on Lisa Savage’s positions on foreign policy issues, see the website for her campaign for the U.S. Senate, www.LisaforMaine.org.

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