The following message came from the Peace Corps Iran Association, an organization of former Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Iran. The committee responsible for these alerts has been staying abreast of the situation, and sent this alert yesterday:
ACTION ALERT January 8, 2020
NO WAR WITH IRAN: Let cooler heads prevail
The Trump administration got more than it was bargaining for with the assassination of Qasem Soleimani. This precipitous and ill-considered strike has focused attention on legislation to re-assert Congress’ war authority, called into question the role of the US military presence in the Middle East, and prompted appeals for diplomacy from leaders across the globe. The trajectory of the US-Iran conflict is in the balance. There are opportunities to turn that trajectory away from warfare and toward diplomacy. WE ASK YOUR HELP — IMMEDIATELY:
Tell your Congressional representatives to vote for legislation that will avert war:
- War Powers Resolution: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working with various congressional leaders on a War Powers Resolution. Please support language that will immediately and unequivocally curtail the President’s military actions and reassert Congress’ Constitutional authority.
- No funds for war with Iran: Congressman Ro Khanna is introducing legislation to prohibit any funding for offensive military action in or against Iran without prior congressional authorization.
- Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force: Congresswoman Barbara Lee is sponsoring a bill to repeal the AUMF of 2002, which the administration might use (without legal basis) to justify attacking Iran.
Quick facts and takes:
There are several versions of a War Powers Resolution. We recommend supporting the version sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee, which would curtail military hostilities immediately. Another, introduced by Senator Tim Kaine in the Senate, provides that that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days. The House counterpart is being led by Representative Elissa Slotkin.
As amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), bills to repeal the AUMF passed Congress last year with bipartisan votes. However, they were dropped from the final NDAA.
Iran remains ‘in’ the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) but is ratcheting up incremental violations. As planned, Iran announced its fifth (and apparently final) cut to its implementation of the JCPOA this past weekend: it will no longer restrict its quantity of centrifuges. Inspections by IAEA will continue. In short: Not all bridges are burned: There is room to recommit to and strengthen the JCPOA.