To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

Congress: Invoke War Powers on Saudi-Yemen Before U.S. Military Escalation

Invoke the War Powers Resolution to force Congressional debate and vote on U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen before the U.S. is drawn into further military escalation.

Why is this important?

Two Saudi sailors have been killed by Houthi rebels in Yemen in what Saudi Arabia has called a suicide boat attack and Houthis rebels have called a missile attack. [1] Fox News reported that the Pentagon believes the attack was meant for a US warship. [2] Trump Administration national security adviser Michael Flynn blamed Iran and threatened unspecified retaliation against Iran. [3]

This dangerous situation was anticipated by Congress when it passed the War Powers Resolution during the Vietnam War. U.S. military forces are participating in the Saudi war in Yemen. There is a significant risk that U.S. forces will be drawn deeper into military conflict against Houthi rebels and possibly even against Iran. Yet Congress has never authorized the use of force against Houthi forces in Yemen, nor against Iran. Under the War Powers Resolution, a single Member of Congress can force a debate and vote on the deployment of U.S. forces to a conflict that has not been authorized by Congress. [4]

Urge your Representative and Senators to invoke the War Powers Resolution to force a debate and vote on U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen before further U.S. military escalation by signing our petition.

References:
1. https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-saudis-killed-yemen-rebel-sea-strike-coalition-060300258.html
2. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/01/31/exclusive-pentagon-believes-attack-on-saudi-frigate-meant-for-us-warship.html
3. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/01/iran-trump-michael-flynn-on-notice
4. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp

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Reasons for signing

  • I'm American (and have been to Yemen) and appalled at the famine, cholera and deaths of civilians in this unnecessary war.
  • Do your job. You had a duty to roll back the Bush administration abuses of the war powers act and the Democratic Party ran on doing that if we put them in power. We did and then watched as Pelosi told us that she wasn't going to do her job. Then you let Obama continue to use drones in countries that had nothing to do with 9/11 resulting in the deaths of hundreds of civilians. Both he and Hillary destroyed Libya and Syria resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands civilians. And yet you ...
  • no more selling of weapons around the world for profit. end these senseless wars and bring peace to the planet

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