• Robert Naiman wrote a new diary post: Kucinich Calls the Question on Libya War Powers

    2011-05-31 18:53:59View | Delete

    Last week, voting on amendments on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the House of Representatives began taking action to limit U.S. military involvement in Libya’s civil war. Now the House leadership has agreed to a vote on House Concurrent Resolution 51 , introduced by Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich, which would direct the President, pursuant to the War [...]

  • Following the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the floodgates opened in Washington this past week for reconsideration of U.S. plans to continue the open-ended war in Afghanistan. Now Representatives Jim McGovern and Walter Jones have introduced the ” Afghanistan Exit and Accountability Act ,” bipartisan legislation that would require the President present to Congress a [...]

  • Robert Naiman wrote a new diary post: An Anti-War Candidate Announces for President

    2011-04-25 07:20:11View | Delete

    Last week, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson announced his candidacy for President of the United States. This was a historic event, because 1) Gary Johnson wants to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and 2) Gary Johnson is a Republican. He also wants to slash the military budget. Gary Johnson is also opposed [...]

  • Thumbnail If you’ve ever spent quality time trying to move an agenda through Congress, you know that moving an agenda isn’t just about lobbying individual Members. You need a “champion” for your issue. The champion introduces your bill. The champion recruits other offices to sign up. The champion introduces an amendment that carries the same idea [...]

  • In the wake of President Obama’s decision to go to war in Libya without Congressional authorization or debate, there’s a heightened level of public and media cynicism about the ability of any Congress to constrain any Administration on warmaking in any way whatsoever. This is dangerous. It’s important for Congress to assert its war powers: [...]

  • Robert Naiman wrote a new diary post: How Many Should Die To Send Qaddafi to the Hague?

    2011-04-01 07:52:49View | Delete

    Here is a question I would like pollsters to ask American voters about the Libya War: Is sending Qaddafi to the International Criminal Court a military objective worth having American troops “fight and possibly die” for? I haven’t seen any pollster ask this question. Indeed, the fact that sending Qaddafi to the Hague is a [...]

  • The most important content of Presidential speeches is often what they don’t say. Here are some things that President Obama didn’t say about Libya in his speech last night. The President did not answer his critics who asked why he took America into war without authorization by Congress. This question was made sharper on Sunday when [...]

  • Here is some unsolicited advice for the Obama Administration: you essentially have four days to put US involvement in the Libya war on a path that doesn’t look like open-ended quagmire. Otherwise, when the House comes back next week, you’re going to get in trouble. Many people have difficulty imagining the possibility that Congress could [...]

  • Robert Naiman wrote a new diary post: Congress Must Debate the Libya War

    2011-03-21 09:12:38View | Delete

    The U.S. is now at war in a third Muslim country, according to the “official tally” (that is, counting Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya but not Pakistan or Yemen, for example.) But Congress has never authorized or debated the U.S. military intervention in Libya. (A sharply disputed claim holds that the Pakistan and Yemen actions are [...]

  • It’s a great thing that the Obama Administration has resisted calls for unilateral U.S. military action in Libya, and instead is working through the United Nations Security Council, as it is required to do by the United Nations Charter. Now, the Administration needs to follow through on this commitment to international law by ensuring that [...]

  • The U.S. House of Representatives is now debating for two hours a resolution calling for President Obama to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan no later than Dec. 31, 2011. Relative to the opinions of the vast of majority America’s working families, the Kucinich-Jones-Paul resolution is a mainstream, middle-of-the-road, motherhood-and-apple-pie proposal. This week, the Washington Post reported that [...]

  • ThumbnailGen. David Petraeus spoke today before the Senate Armed Services Committee, and is speaking tomorrow before the House Armed Services Committee, selling Congress a “progress” story about the war in Afghanistan that isn’t believed by US intelligence analysts. Whether Members of Congress choose to believe Petraeus’ reassurances over the assessments of the U.S. intelligence community (“who [...]

  • Thumbnail Surely no-one has been surprised to see Senator McCain engaged in what Defense Secretary Gates has rightly called “loose talk” about the use of U.S. military force in Libya. But to see Senator John Kerry, the Democratic head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – the man who as a Vietnam veteran joined other anti-war [...]

  • Robert Naiman commented on the diary post In Libya, Diplomacy Could Save Lives and the World Economy by Robert Naiman.

    2011-03-03 13:03:47View | Delete

    The Venezuelan government proposal isn’t for Chavez to be a peace-broker, it’s for the creation of a multinational commission to mediate the conflict. I don’t regard the Guardian’s assessment that there is nothing to negotiate as all-trumping. People on various sides of a conflict often say that they have some bottom line that may appear [...]

  • Thumbnail Secretary of State Clinton defended the State Department budget in Congress this week by pointing out that diplomatic interventions can prevent expensive wars. Now the State Department has a spectacular opportunity to demonstrate Secretary Clinton’s argument by example. It can support robust diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Libya without a further escalation in violence. [...]

  • To the disappointment of many, the Obama Administration’s policy of “orderly transition to democracy” in Egypt, which just a few days ago seemed to be embracing pro-democracy protesters’ demand that Egyptian leader Mubarak leave office, now seems to be backtracking to the idea that Mubarak and Vice-President Suleiman can lead a credible process of transition to [...]

  • Robert Naiman wrote a new diary post: “Hand in Hand, the Army and the People Are One”

    2011-01-29 14:00:21View | Delete

    Eyes are on the Egyptian military now. What will they do? A week ago, it was said: Egypt is not Tunisia, and the Egyptian military is not the Tunisian military. A week ago, that was surely true. Today, it is not quite so obvious. What will be true tomorrow? It is true that the Egyptian [...]

  • Robert Naiman commented on the diary post Accountability: Who Else Will Go the Way of Congressman Bobby Rush? by James Rucker.

    2011-01-26 15:09:10View | Delete

    Wow. Well done. This really gives the lie to claims that groups like Color of Change just bash Republicans and don’t fight hard to hold Democrats accountable.

  • A key resolution on the Israel-Palestine conflict is now before the UN Security Council. Largely echoing stated US policy, the resolution embraces negotiations, endorses the creation of a Palestinian state, and demands an immediate halt to Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. But even though the resolution echoes US policy, President [...]

  • Last Friday, popular protests over unemployment and corruption forced Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to resign after 23 years in power. A Tunisian prosecutor has opened an investigation into the overseas assets of Ben Ali and his family, much of which are widely believed to be the fruit of corruption, and some of which [...]

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