September 13, 2014. Washington. (ONN) If there is one issue that draws the stark and distinct contrast between America’s two establishment parties and the country’s 15 opposition parties, it’s President Obama’s announcement on Wednesday that US military forces are going back to war in the Middle East. While the Democrats and Republicans support perpetual war, the largest US opposition parties have all immediately condemned the announcement. Left, right and center, the American opposition is united.
The entire world opposed the US war on Iraq, including then Senator Obama. Image courtesy of AweStruckWandererBlog.
The below is reprinted from yesterday’s edition of our sister publication Opposition News.
The Bush Doctrine is back
If there was any question about President Obama either being the most dishonest President in history, a serial flip-flopper, or a right-wing Republican, there isn’t any longer. He just enacted ‘The Bush Doctrine’ - his number one campaign issue in 2008. Except Barack Obama condemned The Bush Doctrine then, just like he condemned Wall Street bailouts, too big to jail, perpetual war, Guantanamo Bay, torture and Romney-care. Yet, he gave us all of them, and all of them without any Congressional approval.
For those who don’t remember, ‘The Bush Doctrine’ is the illegal authority President George W. Bush unilaterally gave himself and the office of the Presidency to send America’s military to war against nations or peoples that haven’t threatened America and pose no realistic threat to do so. President Obama, in his nationally televised speech to the nation Wednesday, just re-enacted The Bush Doctrine with his announcement that American forces were going back to war, this time against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Opposition Parties united in opposition
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With a new war, Democrats see an opportunity to change the narrative for the November General Election and try to keep from getting clobbered at the polls thanks to their unpopular President. Republicans apparently never met a war they didn’t like, especially if America gets to pay for it and it’s against one of Israel’s enemies. But surprisingly, America’s major opposition political parties are all united on the other side of the issue this time. Of the country’s 15 major opposition parties, only the 4 largest of them released a public statement in response to President Obama’s war speech on Wednesday. But they all repeated the same sentiments.
The Libertarian Party was the first to issue a statement, the day before President Obama’s announcement that the nation was going back to war. America’s corporate-owned news outlets primed the nation for two straight days before the President’s speech, single-handedly changing America’s support for war in Iraq and Syria from 30% to 60% over the course of just a few days.
‘The Libertarian Party urges lawmakers to stop bombing in Iraq and to disengage operations in both Iraq and Syria,’ the LP announcement on Tuesday evening began. LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark went on to explain, “The US government has been intervening in the Middle East for more than half a century under the pretext of achieving peace. But things just keep getting worse. We must stop stoking conflicts that tear countries apart, stop dropping bombs, and stay out of the region.”
“The absurdity of spending more US taxpayer dollars to destroy US weapons is one more piece of evidence that we must draw down our military," the Libertarian National Committee Chair continued, “A non-interventionist foreign policy is the best way to achieve peace and reduce the risk of a terrorist attack on US soil. It will also go a long way toward balancing the federal budget, cutting taxes, and halting inflation."
For its part, the Green Party simply redistributed their press release from three months ago which ominously spoke to nearly every specific detail of President Obama’s war speech Wednesday. ‘The Green Party of the United States is calling for no new US military action in Iraq, including on-the-ground troop deployment and airstrikes,’ the Party’s announcement read, ‘Greens are urging President Obama to resist demands by belligerent politicians and pundits for a US assault in Iraq against ISIS - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.’
“Those who want peace in the region should prepare to resume the protests that answered President Bush’s drumbeat for war,” 2012 Green Party Vice Presidential nominee Cheri Honkala was quoted in the announcement, “Americans should resist propaganda claiming that US military assaults lead to peace and liberation. The 2003 invasion caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, as well as 4,486 US service members, and destruction of Iraqi society and infrastructure.”
The Party’s press release went on to say, ‘Further US military action is likely to aggravate the current crisis and may empower ISIS and other factions, as the history of US engagement in Iraq demonstrates. The invasion ordered by President Bush in 2003 made such conflict inevitable: sectarian extremist groups, which had a marginal presence in Iraq before 2003, began to emerge in the chaos of war…Green Party leaders also noted the dangerous inconsistency of a foreign policy that supports arming sectarian anti-Assad rebels in Syria and anti-Gaddafi factions in Libya while bombing their counterparts in Iraq.’
Like America’s other opposition parties, the Constitution Party didn’t need to go far to find a fully prepared rebuttal to President Obama’s Wednesday night war speech. The Party simply re-released its position statement from October. Also just like the other parties, it ominously spoke to the President’s announcement that America must go back to war.
‘No more meddling in the Middle East,’ the Constitution Party’s press release begins, ‘Military intervention in the Syrian civil war is unconstitutional and unwise. The Constitution Party platform opposes interventionism, and even saber rattling, unless the vital interests of the nation are at risk and the House of Representatives authorizes military action. Our plank on foreign policy demands that Congress, “refuse to fund unconstitutional, undeclared wars pursuant to presidential whim or international obligations under which American sovereignty has been transferred to multi-national agencies.”’
‘The Constitution Party opposes war by Executive Order as well,’ the Party’s statement continues, ‘The US Constitution is clear: only Congress has the power to “define and punish…offenses against the Law of Nations” (Art. 1, § 8, cl.10). Congress cannot transfer to the president its exclusive power to declare war any more than it can transfer its exclusive power to levy taxes. Such a transfer is illegal.’
The Party’s rebuttal to President Obama’s Wednesday announcement speaks directly to his promise to expand American military action to Syria. ‘Intervention in the tragic Syrian civil war is not only unconstitutional, it is a risky strategy,’ the announcement explains, ‘Dropping American bombs into this complex, confusing, and far away fight will only fortify terrorist rallying cries and further erode the historic US foreign policy based on fairness, justice, and guided by a moral compass…The Constitution Party urges voters to reject US jingoism and heed Thomas Jefferson’s sage foreign policy advice: “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”’
Party for Socialism and Liberation
Illustrating why we at Opposition News refer to PSL as a ‘rapid response force’, Party leaders were literally typing and releasing their public response to President Obama’s Wednesday night war speech as he was speaking. The Party’s announcement proclaimed it was speaking for the anti-war movement and it echoed the exact same condemnation that all the other opposition parties stated.
‘President Obama’s new war plans in Iraq and Syria will not liberate the people of either country but will lead to more destruction,’ the PSL rebuttal began, ‘The US military defeat of the secular Iraqi and Libyan governments (in 2003 and 2011) and its policy of fueling armed civil war against the secular, nationalist government in Syria are the fundamental reasons the so-called Islamic State has grown and become strong.’
Reaffirming the opinion that President Obama is little different from his Republican predecessors, the Party statement goes on to say, ‘Perpetuating a now 23-year-long US political tradition, President Obama is announcing tonight that he, like the three preceding US presidents, will go forward with another bombing campaign in Iraq. This is a war that will lead only to more catastrophe and destruction.’
‘The US military cannot solve, but only exacerbate, the current crisis in Iraq and Syria,’ the PSL announcement concludes, ‘In fact, the US government, the CIA and the Pentagon are responsible for the disintegration of Iraq and Syria and the consequent rise of the Islamic State and other equally reactionary, sectarian forces in Iraq’s central government and elsewhere in these countries. The so-called Islamic State did not exist a decade ago. It exists now and has grown strong for three basic reasons, each of which is a direct consequence of US policies and actions in Iraq, Libya and Syria.’
Opposition Parties in agreement
There you have it. For all the doubters out there that swore we would never all agree on anything, we told you there were issues that all of America’s opposition parties, left, right and center, could unite on. We all stand for justice. We all stand for truth. And we all stand for freedom. Maybe someday we can all stand for those things together.