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Friday, January 05, 2007

Kings and War:

Current strategy in Iraq is a failure and the President is drastically looking for a new strategy. He had overwhelming convinced Congress and the public to implant his deceitful war back in 2003. Now four years later, three thousand Americans dead and hundreds of thousand Iraqis dead, word has reverberated from the land that he is now looking at escalating troop size and committing more soldiers in an attempt to rescue his flawed policy. Back in November, the American people spoke out and voted for a new direction. The new Congress’s stated missions is to the set the course straight and return the troops home where they belong.

In the capital, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Bush stating their lack of support for troop escalation. The power is in the hands of Congress and if they are serious about their desires the only option is to remove funding from the war. The power of the purse is with Congress and if the President does not listen, then they shall have no choice but to act on their own. I suggest everyone write to their Congressman and Senators and demand that they stop financing the war.

While the King and his minions are desperately concocting a new policy framework to sell the American public, I leave you with the words of Abraham Lincoln about such egregious actions by President in acts of war.

Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, ˜ "I see no probability of the British invading us"; but he will say to you, "Be silent: I see it, if you don't."

The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood. Abraham Lincoln, Letter, while US Congressman, to his friend and law-partner William H. Herndon, opposing the Mexican-American War (15 February 1848):

The President does not speak the demands and the needs of the populace and has taken on powers that just do not belong to him. Congress’s duty is to first remove funding from the war and then to seek Articles of Impeachment. The war had been fabricated to the needs of the neo-conservative agenda; our Representatives in Congress must stand up and restore decency and justice to the land.

Robb Kidd

"They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason." Ernest Hemmingway


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