Hey Yank! Email Your Congressman!

Today, President Trump backed away from a historic diplomatic meeting that was set for June 12th with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
Even worse, he’s back to antagonizing North Korea with dangerous military threats like “Our military, which is by far the most anywhere in the world that has been greatly enhanced recently as we all know, is ready as necessary,” and “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
This is a critical time for Congress to step up to prevent what would be a catastrophic war. I need you to write to your members of Congress today and urge them to speak out on the House and Senate floors and in the media against military action and for returning to diplomacy with North Korea.
It is now clear that Trump and his war cabinet are driving us closer to war. North Korea was irritated over national security advisor John Bolton making the case to follow the “Libyan model” of denuclearization, in which it turned over all of its nuclear-related equipment in 2003, as a model to follow for denuclearization. Libya received promises of economic integration with the West, little of which actually occurred.
In 2011, Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, was overthrown with the help of the U.S. and NATO, dragged into the streets and brutally killed. Kim Jong-un is certainly keenly aware of this, and much of North Korea’s statement issued last week was a denunciation of Mr. Bolton and a vow never to bend to “great powers” seeking a similar deal.
John Bolton, who helped scuttle an earlier deal with North Korea while in the George W. Bush administration, surely knew his inflammatory rhetoric would go over poorly with the North Korean leader. It makes me wonder if his plan was to derail the talks all along. Following right in line, Trump indicated “Now that model [Libya-style regime change] would take place if we don’t make a deal, most likely,” seeming to repeat the exact threat that North Korea warned against.
As tensions continue to rise, we need members of Congress to speak out on the floor and in the media calling for continued pursuit of patient diplomacy. Please, write your members of Congress today and ask that they speak out in support of diplomacy.
This is an urgent time. The Trump administration needs to be pushed back to the negotiating table. A summit can be part of that, but realistically only sustained diplomacy can solve this issue. Members of Congress must push the administration to get disciplined and do the tough work of negotiation. Without that negotiation, the voices in the administration that are hungry for regime change and war could carry the day.
Please, contact your members of Congress now and urge them to push the administration back to the negotiating table.
Thank you for standing with us, and for everything you do in pursuit of peace.
Jon Rainwater
Executive Director
Peace Action

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