[Today, I attended a day-long Conference on the Veterans Peace Movement. Activist from vets groups, military families and other sections of the anti-war/peace movement gathered as part of an ongoing process of brainstorming directions for the movement in the coming period. The excellent short speech posted here concisely lays out the magnitude of the challenges facing that movement.]
Veterans & the Politics of Peace
- to obtain, then defend and extend the rights to reparations for veterans and victims of war;
- to organize men and women in actions against war, for peace, and for solidarity among peoples;
- to cultivate the memory of history in a spirit of truth;
- to promote the republican ideas of liberty, equality, and fraternity, and to fight against colonialism and fascism.
- The all-volunteer army was designed so that it could not be deployed for extended combat operations overseas without being reinforced by new conscription. Solution? Send out the National Guard, again and again and again.
- The War Powers Act codified the constitutional clause that reserves to Congress the power to declare war; it has been superseded by an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which has no end date.
- The Rockefeller Commission’s reforms of the Central Intelligence Agency have morphed into secret prisons and assassination by drone.