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The Occupation of Iraq is illegal

While the case has long been made that the occupation of Iraq is illegal according to international law, it is also illegal according to U.S. law.  The invasion of Iraq was authorized by Congress by Public Law 107-243, which states that the president is authorized to use military force in Iraq to:

“(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq ; and
(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq ”

Both of these provisions have been accomplished: Saddam Hussein’s government was removed from power and Saddam Hussein himself was captured in 2003, and a new government was democratically elected and seated in 2006. Therefore, the continued occupation of military forces in Iraq has been in violation of this law for over a year (the Iraqi parliament took office and assembled in March of last year).

Representative Ron Paul of Texas (who is also a Republican candidate for President) is soon to submit legislation to the House to sunset the authorization to use military force in Iraq, and while I support this proposal, and urge everyone to call or write your Representatives to urge that they also support this measure, it seems to me that it shouldn’t be necessary.  The authorization has already expired due to the facts that:

a. Iraq no longer poses a “continuing threat to the United States” and in fact, we now know that it never did (1); and
b. the regime which was held to be in violation of UN Security Council resolutions no longer exists.

 Rather, I believe that someone in Congress should now propose that the President be found guilty of violating Public Law 107-243 for keeping U.S. military forces in Iraq after the expiration of conditions for which military force was authorized by Congress, and he should be censured, and required to redeploy all American military forces out of Iraq as soon as possible, or face immediate impeachment for violation of this law.

 

(1) Many of us (especially anyone who listened to the facts presented by the Pacifica Network and/or heard statements by Scott Ritter, Hans Blix, Mohamed El Baradei, Joseph Wilson, and others)  knew long before the “Iraq War” that Iraq posed no threat to the United States.

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4 responses

  1. thesouthtoday

    Even if Iraq had WMD there is no evidence that Saddam was suicidal enough to attack the USA. We deterred the Soviet Union which was the world’s only other superpower. Why would we be afraid of a two bit country like Iraq?

    I think we are in Iraq because of Israel.

    The moneybags in the Democratic party gave Gore the boot and pushed John Kerry off on us so that Americans had no real choice in the presidential elections. Follow the money.

    2007-05-23 at 4:59 PM

  2. I agree that Saddam Hussein never threatened the United States in word or deed, regardless of whether or not he ever had the capability to do so. That is another good point, and one that I have not heard others make since before the invasion.

    I think that saying either that we are in Iraq because of Israel, or that we are there because of oil, are both true but incomplete assessments. The U.S. military presence in Iraq, and future embassy and possible military outposts there, would be a barrier between Iran and Israel, but would also put Syria between Israel and a US outpost. Furthermore, when combined with our presence in Afghanistan, it allows us to be on two sides of Iran simultaneously. On top of that, even without specific oil contracts for U.S, oil companies and military contractors, it provides the U.S. a means of controlling the flow of oil out of Iraq, which has the second largest reserves in the world, after Saudi Arabia, which is already a client state. Additionally, having a military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan provides the U.S. with much more convenient access to both China and Russia, as well as India and Pakistan. In other words, it is all part of a sophisticated imperial military strategy for solidifying the U.S. role as sole superpower, while simultaneously feeding the corporations that already control much of our national policy through support of many of our elected officials, and supporting Israel. By the old Machiavellian rules of statecraft, it’s a good move; however, in the modern world, where war creates such massive death tolls, affects ever greater percentages of non-combatants, and has more detrimental environmental, infrastructural, and social impact; and consequently, becomes a bad long-term political move, it was just plain stupid.

    2007-05-23 at 5:22 PM

  3. thesouthtoday

    Clinton/Gore controlled two thirds of Iraq’s airspace and had an embargo. We already controlled Iraq’s oil. We also have the petro dollar which is the basis of our economy. We brought about the petro dollar thru diplomacy and statesmenship and not at the point of a gun. Given the effect that oil has on our enviroment we need to be making moves into the future and leave the oil where it is.

    If you take Israel out of the equation none of the oil rich nations would be our enemies. We should not fear competing with China, the EU, Russia or the rest of Asia. The United States can compete economically if we had the old yankee ingenuity and truly fair trade agreements rather than war for zionism with a bunch of Jewish zionists and their money controlling our government.

    We need to look to the future, our future, not Israel’s. When you have the world’s only military superpower you don’t have to be in China’s backdoor. The zionists and others in our government are allowing China to become a miltary superpower because of the interests of international corporations. We need agreements to control nuclear and other weapons so that china’s economy doesn’t make it possible for it to become a superpower military. Thats the direction we should be going rather than taking out Israel’s enemies, may God push it into the sea.

    2007-05-24 at 7:22 AM

  4. If you take the imperial ambitions of our own ruling elites in the military-industrial complex and Big Oil (among others) out of the equation, there is no reason for ANY nation to be our enemy. By transforming our system of governance into a more democratic one, involving a wider range of opinion, and preventing elite groups from running the show, we could change our foreign and economic policies based not on imperialism or dominance, but instead on general well-being for American people and an understanding that the better off everyone is globally, the better off we will be domestically.

    While AIPAC is a very strong lobby, and some of our politicians say and do some things which may not be at all beneficial to the American people, or even to America, in order to appease them, I do not believe they sit alone at the top of the chain. The policies our politicians pursue are often triangulations arrived at by calculating in the positions of AIPAC along with the Military-Industrial complex, the Banking-Financial complex, Big Oil, Big Pharma, and others. I certainly agree that we should not support Israel’s occupation and campaign of terror against the Palestinians, and that we have historically fallen short of our ethical responsibilities in our support for many of Israel’s policies in the UN Security Council, and that overall, we should stand as neutral and impartial with regard to Israeli international conflicts, and only support them IF we judge their cause to be just…however, I do not believe that Israel or the zionist lobby is in control of US policy. It is part of the picture, but it is far from the whole.

    2007-05-24 at 3:57 PM

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