Our military is small, and our troops are tired. While President Trump insists he will rebuild our armed forces, that doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. As his administration continues to escalate their threats against Iran, Mexico, ISIS and anyone else, I fear for the morale of our service members and my husband’s safety and the well being of our family should we face more years of war. ~Meghan W., US Army Spouse
The current administration consistently uses inflammatory language when speaking with both allies and enemies of the United States. This consistent behavior puts progressives on guard. Although there are no clear signs of declarations of war, these controversies are of concern:
- President Trump on nuclear weapons: “…but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.” (link)
- President Trump on Russia’s presence in international waters off Delaware, “The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles off shore right out of the water. (link)
- President Trump put Iran “on notice” and Iran’s supreme leader promised anti-American protests. (link)
- President Trump has had several confrontation telephone calls with world leaders. (link)
- President Trump has threatened to return to Iraq to “take the oil.” (link)
Action: Currently we ask progressives to remain vigilant and hold the President accountable for his words. In today’s environment, the best tools for this are Twitter, Facebook, and Letters-to-the-Editor of your local papers.
When President Trump says he wants to “take the oil” in Iraq, I know he is really saying that American troops will have to be sacrificed to make his America great again. I think he has no clue of what it really means to go to war. ~ Angie D., US Air Force Spouse
Despite numerous conflicts, the United States has not declared war since World War II. We invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. Thousands of our military servicemembers continue to deploy in support of operations in the Middle East. However, our US Congress has never debated our participation in these conflicts.
Even while the passage of the War Powers Resolution in 1973 makes it easier for Presidents to deploy troops in certain conditions, we believe Congress has avoided their constitutional responsibility.
Action: This issue is a long-term fight, not a short-term battle. Letters to your US Representative and US Senators are very appropriate actions to take.