Congress: Invoke War Powers on Saudi-Yemen Before Military Escalation on Iran – Just Foreign Policy

Let’s prevent the folks so eager to engineer a confrontation with Iran from starting another war in the Middle East, by convincing out representatives to invoke the War Powers Act vis-a-vis the Saudi-Yemen conflict.

Twelve days into the Trump Administration, it should come as no surprise at this point that the new folks in D.C. are as eager to make a mark in the realm of U.S. foreign policy in Middle East as they apparently are in affecting every other aspect of U.S. policy.

Please read and sign this MoveOn.org petition submitted by Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy. – RR

 

Two Saudi sailors have been killed by Houthi rebels in Yemen in what Saudi Arabia has called a suicide boat attack and Houthis rebels have called a missile attack. [1] Fox News reported that the Pentagon believes the attack was meant for a US warship. [2] Trump Administration national security adviser Michael Flynn blamed Iran and threatened unspecified retaliation against Iran. [3]

This dangerous situation was anticipated by Congress when it passed the War Powers Resolution during the Vietnam War. U.S. military forces are participating in the Saudi war in Yemen. There is a significant risk that U.S. forces will be drawn deeper into military conflict against Houthi rebels and possibly even against Iran. Yet Congress has never authorized the use of force against Houthi forces in Yemen, nor against Iran. Under the War Powers Resolution, a single Member of Congress can force a debate and vote on the deployment of U.S. forces to a conflict that has not been authorized by Congress. [4]

Urge your Representative and Senators to invoke the War Powers Resolution to force a debate and vote on U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen before further U.S. military escalation by signing our petition.

References:
1. https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-saudis-killed-yemen-rebel-sea-strike-coalition-060300258.html
2. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/01/31/exclusive-pentagon-believes-attack-on-saudi-frigate-meant-for-us-warship.html
3. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/01/iran-trump-michael-flynn-on-notice
4. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp

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