President Obama's nomination of John Kerry for secretary of state sends the wrong signal to U.S. allies and adversaries alike.
Join us in telling the Senate to reject him.
Kerry's record includes spurious attacks on the International Court of Justice, unqualified defense of Israeli occupation policies and human rights violations, and support for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.
This raises serious questions about his commitment to international law and treaty obligations.
Kerry's false claims about Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction" and his repeated denials of well-documented human rights abuses by allied governments raise serious questions about his credibility.
Click here to tell your Senators that Kerry is unacceptable.
In 2002, Kerry voted against an unsuccessful resolution authorizing the president to use force against Iraq only if the United Nations Security Council permitted such force under the UN Charter. Kerry instead voted to authorize President Bush to invade unilaterally in violation of the UN Charter, and cosponsored a resolution praising him when he did.
Most Congressional Democrats voted No, including Senator Robert Byrd, who introduced a resolution in the fall of 2002 upholding Congress' Constitutional war powers. Kerry voted against it, saying "Every nation has the right to act preemptively if it faces an imminent and grave threat."
Even after the Bush administration acknowledged that there were no "weapons of mass destruction" or WMD programs, Kerry said he would have voted for the war anyway because of the oppressive nature of Saddam Hussein’s regime and the fact that Iraq could potentially make WMDs in the future.
There are scores of oppressive governments around the world that could conceivably pose some kind of threat at some time in the future. Kerry apparently believes that the president should have the power to go after any of them right now. As recently as November 2011, Kerry voted against a resolution that would have repealed the 2002 authorization for the use of force in Iraq.
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-- Stephen Zunes
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