Senate: Back @RoKhanna or @TulsiGabbard for SecDef to #EndEndlessWar

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The tireless efforts of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to escalate conflict with Iran remind us that “personnel is policy” on war and peace even more than it is in domestic policy. On domestic policy, Congress and the courts provide a counterweight to the President. But on war and peace, Congress has failed to enforce its constitutional war powers, and the courts have refused to intervene. That makes presidential appointments to “national security positions” like Defense, State, and CIA even more important. Presidential candidates have been asked to say they’d end endless war. But they haven’t committed to appointing national security officials who have a track record of seeking to end endless war.

Presidential nominations to national security positions are often drawn from people who advised the presidential campaign on foreign policy. Worryingly, a new analysis found that many of the foreign policy advisers for a major presidential candidate are either veterans of the Obama Administration -- which launched unconstitutional wars in Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and assisted the coup d’etat in Honduras -- or alumni of pro-war think tanks in DC like the Center for American Progress.

California Rep. Ro Khanna and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are two Members of Congress with national security experience who have consistently advocated for ending wars and preventing new ones. Khanna has led opposition to unconstitutional U.S. participation in the genocidal Saudi war in Yemen and led efforts to end the seven-decade-long Korean War. Gabbard has called for ending wars for regime change, like the unconstitutional wars in Libya and Syria, and has been vocal in her opposition to a new Cold War and nuclear arms race with Russia and China.

Every Senator gets to vote on appointments to Defense, State, and CIA. Urge your Senators to support nominees to these positions who will end endless war by signing our petition.