Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sign the petition: Pass the ‘Preventing Preemptive War in North Korea Act of 2017.

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Tell Congress: No Unauthorized War in North Korea
Donald Trump is currently on a “diplomatic” trip to Asia – and he wasted no time demonstrating his reckless disregard for diplomacy. His bellicose rhetoric toward North Korea on his Asia trip has increasingly been dangerous and unhinged. To make things worse, Trump’s Pentagon told lawmakers last week that the only way the United States could locate and secure North Korea’s nuclear weapons is through an invasion of ground troops. We’re talking about a real, ground-combat war with North Korea.1
Last week, officials testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmed what progressives have been afraid of: If Donald Trump decides to initiate an attack on North Korea, even with a nuclear weapon, it’s likely that no one – not even Congress – would be able to stop him.2
To pushback against the Trump regime’s callous march toward war, a slew of progressive champions in the Senate – including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley and others – have joined forces to introduce the ‘‘Preventing Preemptive War in North Korea Act of 2017.’’3 This crucial legislation would provide a vital check to Trump’s power by prohibiting him from initiating a war with North Korea without explicit authorization from Congress.

These stakes could not be higher. The tug-of-war for power between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un is growing more tumultuous every day. Congress must do everything in its power to quell Trump’s ability to act on his belligerent and unstable foreign policy impulses.
Last week in Japan, Trump repeatedly demonstrated that he lacks the basic capacity, dignity and discernment necessary to be commander in chief. In a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump spewed racist stereotypes and absurd criticisms, saying “he could not understand why a country of Samurai warriors did not shoot down the missiles.”4 Trump’s inability to be a functioning, respectful partner to even our international allies is a danger to our safety. It’s clear that with tensions on the Korean Peninsula rising, Trump will continue to move us closer to all-out war – or worse, a nuclear catastrophe – unless Congress takes action
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1. Dan Lamothe and Carol Morello, “Securing North Korean nuclear sites would require a ground invasion, Pentagon says,” The Washington Post, Nov. 4, 2017.
2. Josh Rogin, “Can anyone stop Trump from attacking North Korea?,” The Washington Post, Nov. 1, 2017.
3. Jennie Neufeld, “Fearing preemptive strike by Trump on North Korea, Democrats introduce new legislation,” Salon, Oct. 26, 2017.
4. Tom McKay, “Donald Trump Asked Why 'Samurai' Japan Isn't Shooting Down North Korean Missiles ,” Gizmodo, Nov. 5, 2017.

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