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.