Monday, April 8, 2019

President should not have sole authority to launch nuclear weapon./Barr's summary of Mueller not good enough


  As someone who has been doing media work for decades, I can say that it is very difficult to get media attention for peace and justice events. Of course, with limited success we can use social media.  Another approach is get a subscription to your local newspaper, and write a Letter to the Editor. Here are two letters which were recently published in THE BALTIMORE SUN.

Kagiso, Max

The first letter responded to an op-ed “U.S. nuclear policy is undemocratic” published March 26, 2019 in THE BALTIMORESUN by Tara Drozdenko. See her op-ed at
President should not have sole authority to launch nuclear weapon
March 29, 2019 I was so happy that The Baltimore Sun published an op-ed about the insanity of the president being the sole decision-maker for launching a nuclear weapon (“U.S. nuclear policy is undemocratic,” Mar. 26). It does not matter who is in the White House, she or he should not be allowed to initiate a nuclear strike without Congressional approval.
Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland worked with the Baltimore City Council, which unanimously passed a “back from the brink” resolution, a national grassroots initiative that calls on the United States to fundamentally change its nuclear weapons policy. Ending the sole unchecked authority of any president to launch a nuclear attack is one of five common sense steps suggested by the “back from the brink resolution.” This resolution came about because of the efforts of the groups Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Most importantly, the resolution calls for a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.
Members of Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland have been lobbying our senators and representatives to co-sponsor legislation aimed at lessening the possibility of a nuclear attack. Also the group has been to Annapolis to urge our delegates to sign on to a letter initiated by Del. Pamela Queen which would be sent to Maryland’s Congressional delegation calling on them to work towards lessening the threat of nuclear war.
The U.S. nuclear arsenal is not only a threat, but the ongoing refurbishing of these weapons is a theft from taxpayers whose dollars would be better spent on social services and repairing the infrastructure. Finally, these anti-nuclear weapons initiatives are being organized on behalf of the children and grandchildren who deserve to embrace a Mother Earth without planet-threatening weapons of mass destruction.
Janice Sevre-Duszynska, Towson
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Barr's summary of Mueller not good enough
March 25, 2019
It finally happened. The Mueller report was turned over to Attorney General William Barr and many of us are wondering if we will ever see its contents (“The Mueller report is in, but questions about Trump go on and on, ”March 25).
Then Mr. Barr released a misleading four-page summary making this point: “The special counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” Is this accurate?
Next up, Mr. Barr made this claim: “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” What does that mean?
The final point made by the nation’s attorney general was that he and the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “have concluded that the evidence developed during the special counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.” It is difficult for me to concur with this claim remembering that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
Of course, President Trump and his minions are taking Mr. Barr’s summary as the gospel truth. I will be more circumspect considering that the special counsel’s work resulted in a number of indictments, several convictions and lots of redacted court filings. Also, I believe AG Barr to be in Mr. Trump’s corner.
Finally, it has to be noted that Robert S. Mueller III never deposed Mr. Trump. Why not? Nevertheless, the full report must be released, otherwise most of what has been written and said is mere speculation. Let the battle for its findings carry on.
Max Obuszewski, Baltimore
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