March 18, 2018

Stop Yemen War

The original sponsors of this bipartisan legislation are Senators Bernie Sanders, Christopher Murphy, and Mike Lee.  Co-sponsors include Senators Dianne Feinstein, Patrick Leahy, Edward Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Richard Blumenthal.

I think Michigan's Senators are leaning toward voting YES on 54 and NO on 55, but you never know...

I understand the diverse populations of Yemeni in metro Detroit want the bombing to stop.

For about three years, the U.S has been providing military support - targeting assistance, intelligence sharing, and mid-air refueling - for the coalition of nations led by Saudi Arabia to defeat Yemen's Houthi rebels in their civil war.

The results have been catastrophic for the civilians of Yemen.  Roughly, three quarters of Yemen's population - 22 million people - need humanitarian aid.  More than eight million are on the brink of starvation, and a million have cholera.  The coalition bombings along with ongoing blockades of Yemen's ports have made the coalition largely responsible for what the United Nations is calling the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet.  Since the coalition has been indiscriminately bombing Yemen, destroy schools, hospitals, and other infrastructure, the U.S. bears some responsibility for this huge problem.  Furthermore, U.S. war making fuels extremism and creates more enemies. 

Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution and the 1973 War Powers Act give Congress the power to authorize war.  Given that U.S. support for the coalition is occurring with our armed forces, there is no question that Congress has the authority to act.  It is time for Congress to stop wars!

Rich
Rev. Rich Peacock, Co-Chair, Peace Action of MI, rjpeacock@wowway.com

November 23, 2017

Irresponsible defense spending

It was militarily and fiscally irresponsible for Congress to pass the $700 billion measure for spending by the Pentagon and on nuclear weapons, violating rules that set limits on federal budgets. So Congress will be tempted to reduce funding for repairing our roads and for programs for moderate and low income Americans. Pentagon spending is less effective per dollar at creating jobs than funding education, health care and green energy. The bill puts almost $70 billion into Overseas Contingency Operations for the endless wars in the Middle East. These wars habitually strengthen terrorist groups. Congress is modernizing our nuclear arsenal, maintaining a dangerous and unnecessary nuclear arms race with Russia and China.

The Michigan senators and representatives who voted for increased Pentagon spending have shirked their stewardship responsibilities. Michigan taxpayers are not gettin! g our money's worth from Congress and the Pentagon.

 

Rev. Rich Peacock, Peace Action of Michigan / Detroit Free Press, 11/23/2017, Page A023


Fall/Winter 2017

Trump’s Nuclear Arsenal

What will you do to stop a Nuclear Arms Race and War?  

An October 26 New York Times editorial reported that the U.S. has 4,000 nuclear war- heads that could be fired unilaterally by President Trump. He could decimate North Korea with just 90 warheads. (“Decimate” is defined as killing at least 25% of the population, which was the criterion used to destroy the Soviet Union for “mutually assured destruction.”) Trident submarines have W88 war- heads, each of which is equivalent to 30 Hiroshima-sized nuclear bombs. Just one Hiroshima-sized bomb can kill 155,000 people. [Note: those are my calculations so they may not be exact. However, the math shows the evil of nuclear weaponry.] I am one who says it is a sin to build, use, or threaten to use a nuclear bomb. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has called the president’s threats toward other countries reckless, saying they could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”  ere are reports that President Trump wants a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.  at is totally unnecessary for our security and economically disastrous. In 2013, President Obama said the U.S. could get by with only 1,000 nuclear bombs ready for use. Other officials have said we could go down to 300 for the purpose of deterrence. Will Congress reduce our present and future nuclear arsenal? Will Congress pass the Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) law to require the president to seek a declaration of war from Congress before launching a nuclear  first strike? What will you do to stop a nuclear arms race and war? 

... the U.S. has 4,000 nuclear warheads that could be fired unilaterally by President trump. He could decimate north Korea with just 90 warheads. ...There are reports that President trump wants a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Rev. Rich Peacock