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Trying to get more of a feel for the reaction to the White House's conclusion that Bush doesn't need congressional approval to invade Iraq, I listened to a bit of NPR while running errands. I didn't know the people talking and didn't get their names, but for the most part they were concluding that a unilateral move to invade Iraq on Bush's part would NOT be unconstitutional, though they all agree that it's muddy and that it would certainly be better for a show of unity for him to get a congressional endorsement. To hell with unity when we are going down a dark, wrongheaded road. I think we need to round up our attorneys and try to get a good legal perspective we can fight with. The problem seems to lie in years, if not decades, of congress not wanting the responsibility. It's time they TAKE responsibility. So what do we do? 1. Ask for help from our legal people; get a statement we can stick by. 2. Attend the state meetings with senators on Wednesday. In addition to attending yourself, try to take a petition with other state residents' signatures. (Hope you have better luck than I'm having with Arkansas.) 3. _____ - This one's blank. Will be filled in with ideas. Protests, mass mailings, ads like the one Kim is circulating to be placed in the L.A. Times, petitions like the one available at Moveon. If Congress declares war or signs its support with Bush on ANY credible basis, that's one thing, but to support him ONLY for a show of unity is not what I once believed this country was about. Cheney is now on CBS comparing a strike now with a preemptive strike that could have stopped 9-11, had they known. No comment. I don't think anything will stop this war. It is going to take some wisdom to decide how we can help (or hope to help) minimize its damage. A funeral was held in Iraq today (still watching CBS) for 8 civilians killed in an air raid by the U.S. raid. One bright spot - a rebuff for Ashcroft's secret hearings for deportation. Any of these references to administration actions "not being American" is good for those of us trying to make people learn the facts. Never have we been so desperate for a leader. Lisa ===== "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Republican President Theodore Roosevelt "The problem with the Bush administration is that its bully pulpit is all bully and no pulpit." - Maureen Dowd __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Finance - Get real-time stock quotes http://finance.yahoo.com _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk