|Despite the majority of direct-action taken by Americans across the country being in opposition to the war, the U.S. Congress House of Representatives voted 296 to 133 in favor of giving Bush war powers. These powers can and may be used even if Iraq complies with inspections and independently of any U.N. Security Council or General Assembly rulings. This resolution gives the United States an official statement for its plans in Iraq to go along with its tradition of unilateral intervention with or without congressional approval.|
A second bill, sponsored by Arlington and Alexandria, VA Congressperson James P. Moran (D-Va.) and John Spratt (D-S.C.), which would have required U.N. Security Council authorization or a second congressional vote in order for an American attack was defeated 270-155.
For these powers to take effect the U.S. Senate has to pass the same resolution. That votes has been delayed and will happen in the next few days. Demonstrations across the country, including sit-ins in local congressional offices are taking place right now and a permitted gathering is planned for outside the U.S. Capitol at 5 p.m. today and every day until the resolution is passed or voted down.
If (unlike your public servants who think war is a video game to be marketed to the ignorant masses) you value constitutional democracy and do not want civilians killed with your money in your name slam Congress with calls at 800-839-5276 and communicate your actions to fellow activists. Also, you can educate yourself on the best strategies to put a stop to this criminal, terrorist Bush war.
Another poster asks a vital question: Is this what you want in your name?