MAJOR LIBERAL GROUPS SAT ON SIDELINES AS SENATE PASSED HISTORIC RESOLUTION ON YEMEN WAR

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    • #5495
      Ohio Barbarian
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      This is an excellent Intercept analysis of which progressive groups supported the War Powers Act Resolution in the Senate, and which ones refused to endorse it. I personally find the excuses of Amnesty International and the ACLU lame at best. There is also a good explanation of the political sausage-making in the House that killed the resolution in that chamber.

      The Senate vote this month to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen marked a historic break from a bipartisan embrace of a pro-war foreign policy, yet it was accomplished without strong backing from Washington’s liberal foreign policy infrastructure.

      The resolution, co-sponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., invokes the rights laid out in the War Powers Act of 1973 that assert Congress’s authority over war, and it was the result of many months of work by a coalition of progressive activists and anti-war lawmakers. The war is Saudi-led, but the U.S. has provided critical support, and an end to that support effectively means an end to the war.

      Backers of the effort approached the Center for American Progress, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the American Civil Liberties Union, and all declined to specifically endorse the resolution or become members of the activist coalition. And when a procedural vote on the resolution came to the House floor, it got the same kind of half-hearted support from Democratic leadership, falling just three votes short.

      As the momentum built toward the Senate victory, the lack of support from established groups in Washington became increasingly conspicuous. In the wake of the successful vote, the politics of war and peace in Washington are being reoriented, opening the possibility for a generational change that could have implications far beyond the Trump administration, potentially restraining the militaristic impulses of a future Democratic administration.

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    • #5504
      djean111
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      That is one of the things that I fear from a corporate Dem victory.  That, and a Vichy Dem happily putting all entitlements on the table, ready to be Dextered with a knife to the heart.

      Yes, I know, “dextered” means that whatever is being killed deserves it – but I really do think today’s Democratic Party feels Social Security and Medicare deserve to be killed.  They are now more Republican than Republicans.

      • #5506
        Ohio Barbarian
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        …we are headed to something like this: Image result for guillotine pictures of the french revolution

        Standards of living are declining and the rent or mortgage or loan interest is too damned high! What happens when food gets too damned high?

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

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