Impeach to stop illegal wars and dismantle the military-industrial complex!
Op-Ed by Buzz Davis
As Americans, you and your family face a future of forever wars, possible nuclear war, economic decline and climate disaster.
Or, you can fight for a better path, urging America work with the UN and other nations for a peaceful, sustainable future for all humans.
You know where Pres. Trump’s path will lead you.
Our options are:
Impeach for Lesser Crimes. Impeaching Trump for alleged obstruction of justice and removing him will promote Pence to president—with his likely continuation of Trump’s disastrous policies, illegal wars, along with, possibly, enabling Pence’s election as president in 2020.
Skip Impeachment. Doing nothing means America moves toward more war, irrationality, possible “future ending” nuclear war, climate disaster and possible US bankruptcy.
Impeach for War Crimes. I believe we must impeach Pres. Trump for war crimes to uphold the Rule of Law, commence dismantling the military/industrial complex and place America on a path toward peace rather than endless war!
House members must uphold their oath of office by passing an impeachment inquiry resolution—alleging Trump’s “high crimes” of continuing illegal:
• wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria….),
• torture of prisoners,
• spying on Americans,
• killing of civilians, and
• threatening preemptive or nuclear wars against N. Korea, Iran and Venezuela.
All the above actions are considered to be crimes or war crimes violating the US Constitution, laws, UN Charter, and/or various international treaties.
Why is this important?
Our Revolution was fought at great price to rid our nation of living under the arbitrary dictates of King George. Our Nation was founded under a Constitution establishing the top authority to be the “Rule of Law”—NOT the arbitrary “Rule of a King.”
Our Constitution requires Congress pass a “declaration of war” BEFORE our military attacks another nation, except if America is attacked by another nation.
America has NOT been attacked by any of the nations in which our military or CIA forces are fighting. Furthermore, Congress passed NO “declarations of war.”
We must face it: These wars are illegal.
The vast military/industrial complex wastes trillions on illegal wars and preparation, places millions of our soldiers in harm’s way, drowns our Nation in debt, prohibiting domestic public investments necessary for our people and environment.
The result of the complex’s domination of our political system is: millions of people dead, wounded, ill, homeless and futureless worldwide. Thousands of American troops have died and hundreds of thousands wounded physically, mentally or emotionally.
America is using its vast intellectual, scientific and organizational capabilities and half our federal taxes to produce death and destruction. The looming question is will we end up destroying ourselves.
We must dismantle the military/industrial complex.
We can do this by:
Removing Trump from office via impeachment followed by federal prosecution for his alleged crimes. Only such action will cause the next president (Vice President Pence) to obey the Rule of Law—because if he does not, then he will be impeached next.
Future presidents will think twice before they commit illegal wars. Once Pres. Trump is impeached, impeachments/prosecutions of military, intelligence and other leaders for violations of their oaths of office and the Rule of Law become easier.
Congress must break up the complex and reorient it toward, for example, reversing climate change and greening America.
Presently, the “complex” is possibly the greatest threat to our children, world peace and America’s future existence.
Begin its dismantlement by impeachment. Google “impeach Trump for war crimes” to sign a petition to take action.
Buzz Davis, formerly of Stoughton, WI now of Tucson, is a long time progressive activist, a member of Veterans for Peace and a former VISTA Volunteer, Army officer Vietnam Era, city and county elected official, union organizer, impeachment organizer, former Exec. VP of WI Alliance for Retired Americans, a retired state government planner, presently working to Stop VA Privatization.