A FEW THOUGHTS ON ENDING THE IRAQI OCCUPATION
It is hard to imagine how we are going to extricate ourselves from the catastrophe that is unfolding before us in Iraq. It seems that every day brings more news of misery and destruction from all sides of the conflict. How could we have allowed ourselves to be lured into such a no-win situation?
Fortunately, our Constitution, while abused and tattered, still holds the key to ending the bloodbath. We just need to find some courageous leaders who are willing to do what it says. Here are a few thoughts on who has the power to grab the wheel of this sinking ship.
Don’t look for any answers from this branch of the federal government. By all accounts, George Bush has gone completely off his rocker. He has plunged over the edge and now resides in his own little fantasy world of delusion and denial. The only information that seems to get through to him comes from the strange voices that talk directly into his head. It is a lost cause trying to reason with him.
Just for the record, a president has NO constitutional authority to launch pre-emptive invasions simply because he imagines himself as a great wartime leader. Every check and balance built into our system was bypassed when we invaded Iraq. The resulting chaos was all but inevitable.
Congress, as we all know, has been infiltrated from top to bottom by globalists, communists and life haters. It matters little which faction of the ruling criminal gang is in charge, the result is always the same – more spending, more debt, more war, and less freedom. The Republicrooks, with solid support from their Democrook cohorts, drove us down the Iraqi highway to hell in October of 2002 with the passage of HJ Res. 114. You should take a moment to review this unconstitutional, self-inflicted, usurpation of power. (Read it here)
However, as bad is things may look in Congress, they still do have the law on their side. Article I, Section 8 gives the Congress ALL the power to declare war, and to fund and regulate the military in any way they choose. Article II gives the president NONE of that power. Even though Congress made one of the greatest blunders in our history when they gave a certified nutcase the free reign to invade Iraq, they have still retained the power to take it all back.
Congress could rescind HJ Res. 114 with a majority vote, which would stuff our little dictator right back into his box, invalidating the whole occupation. Does anyone in Congress have the courage to do this? It does not seem likely as not one is even talking about this solution.
The simplest method would be for Congress to simply quit funding the war. No money – no occupation. There is plenty of money in the pipeline to bring our boys safely home. Now that the Democrooks have won control of Congress, expect more cries of “we must support out troops” along with their votes to continue funding. More proof that we are ruled by a one-party monstrosity.
The Military Officers
This is the one group of Americans who could step up at this moment in time to change the course of the Iraqi occupation – possibly even the course of our nation.
When a military officer receives his commission, he swears a very specific and unambiguous oath. Not by coincidence, this is the exact same oath required from all those who serve us in Congress:
The assumption being of course is that if our Constitution is defended, then our country will be defended. Nothing in the officer’s oath requires them to obey orders that are in direct conflict with their mission of defending the Constitution from ALL enemies. Clearly, becoming part of an imperial fighting force, while killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, is not part of their mandate. They have all sworn an oath to defend our country from precisely the kind of attacks that our domestic enemies – the ones in Washington DC - have been waging against us. It is time they began honoring that oath.
The officers will never have the courage to disobey these illegal occupation orders unless a massive groundswell of public support is generated.
Ultimately, the people have the power to reign in the imperialist warmongers who have seized control of our government. Unfortunately, after a century of government education, we are left with a population full of fearful, obedient servants, who have no knowledge of our Constitution. The average American has learned to equate freedom with the ability to drive down to their local shopping mall to buy Chinese junk they do not need, with money they do not have. Talk about selling ourselves down the river.
Resistance against the ruling war cabal is not going to be easy, as they have surrounded themselves by a heavily armed, increasingly belligerent, federal police force that has ballooned to nearly 100,000 strong. However, we cannot ignore the carnage that has been inflicted on our country (and the world!) as a result of their madness. Like prisoners of war, we are duty bound to thwart their schemes at every opportunity. We must continue to fight against them regardless of the cost.
This battle is no longer about defending our freedom, it is about winning it back.
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David Brownlow, a regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com, is the Executive Director of Life Support, an Oregon based "No Abortion, No Excuses" anti-abortion organization that is focused on eliminating all government funded child-killing. David, an engineer, former Constitution Party candidate, and 25 year political activist, resides in Damascus, Oregon with his wife Suzanne and their four children.
Fortunately, our Constitution, while abused and tattered, still holds the key to ending the bloodbath. We just need to find some courageous leaders who are willing to do what it says.