Endless war must be addressed
Monday, June 18, 2018
“What would [a coherent national policy that take’s the country’s war’s seriously] look like? It would probably look like rescinding the open-ended Authorization for the Use of Military Force and making the president regularly go before Congress to explain where and why he was putting troops in harm’s way, what resources the mission required, and what the terms of success were. It would look like every member of Congress carrying out his or her constitutionally mandated duty to provide oversight of our military adventures by debating and then voting on that plan. It would look like average Americans taking part in that debate and scorning anyone who tried to tell them they couldn’t.” -— Two Decades of War Have Eroded the Morale of America’s Troops by Phil Klay, The Atlantic, May 2018
After participating in a Greenville Advocacy Team lobbying effort with Rep. Walter B. Jones, I am more alarmed that ever that we are on the verge of a Constitutional crisis. Rep. Jones is exasperated with the House leadership’s refusal to allow debate on how to end our ongoing wars. He cares deeply about the lack of congressional oversight and Congress’ failure to exercise its responsibility in the use of military force. Rep. Jones is a man of integrity who has worked tirelessly for our nation. The Advocacy Team movement seeks to build respectful and fruitful relationships with our elected federal officials. Thus far Jones is the only one of our congressional delegation that has met with us. We hope Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr and Rep. G.K. Butterfield will also meet with us.