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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 2: Barack Obama Expanded The Presidential War Powers He Once Vowed To Limit

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  • Now he's handing them over to Donald Trump.
  • This piece is Part 2 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest  will be publishing over the next weeks. 

Jessica Schulberg, the Huffington Post

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpg01/09/2017 | A little more than halfway through his presidency, Barack Obama visited the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., to give a speech outlining how he would restrict his own power to use drones to target and kill individuals far from traditional battlefields.

Obama acknowledged public concern around drone strikes and announced stricter standards on their use. The new rules, Obama said, codified “clear guidelines, oversight and accountability.” But they were policy, not law. They didn’t bind him and couldn’t bind future presidents. Americans, it seemed, would have to trust that the president and his successors would follow the rules he created.

Jessica Schulberg, Foreign Affairs Reporter, the Huffington Post

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Previously in this series:

Part 1: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy Leaves Behind An Uneasy World

 

U.S. Veterans Just Turned Against Donald Trump & It Is Going Viral

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  • ‘If his Executive Order leads to preventable deaths, that will be on Donald Trump’s hands, and we will hold him personally accountable.’ --The veterans’ issues advocacy group VoteVets.
  • Peter Kaufmann, senior adviser to VoteVets, summed it up, saying: ‘That didn’t take long. In just his third day in office, Donald Trump screwed hundreds of thousands of veterans out of better pay, and thousands more out of potential jobs. Veterans who have families to feed, who may be saving up for a home, all of them have been let down by Donald Trump.’
  • Related: ‘American Carnage’: The Trump Era Begins

Caleb R. Newton, Bipartisan Report

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January 25, 2017 | Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any worse, among the many personal implications of Trump’s breakneck rush to implement the most radical parts of his agenda sits the fact that the Veterans Administration has been forbidden from hiring any new medical staff for the indefinite future. This hiring freeze at the VA comes alongside a total hiring freeze on every other federal agency, except the military.

Now, the VA provides crucial, life saving medical services to countless veterans who, due to cost constraints, wouldn’t be able to get that medical care elsewhere. At least, providing such medical care is what the agency is supposed to do, but in many cases in years past the agency has come up short in terms of actually fulfilling the need that exists.

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Related:

‘American Carnage’: The Trump Era Begins, James Fallows, the Atlantic

Most presidents view inaugural addresses as a rare opportunity to appeal beyond “the base.” This was base-only.

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Veterans for Peace- Three Opportunities for Action!

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  1. Join the Veterans Contingent in the Women's March on Washington!
  2. Order The Newest Copy of Peace In Our Times
  3. Last Chance to Sign Up For Trip to Viet Nam!

Veterans For Peace

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On January 21st, Veterans For Peace will join the Women’s March on Washington to send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights. We will march in a contingent of progressive veteran and military family groups, including: IVAW, MFSO, Common Defense, Beyond the Choir and Black Knights Men's Choir.

Will YOU be in Washington D.C.?  Let us know!

Order The Newest Copy of Peace In Our Times

The newest issue of Peace In Our Times is now available for order! This paper is a powerful way to manifest and spread the mission we all believe in – of ending war as an instrument of national policy. And this Winter issue is packed with nonviolent peace-making dynamite, including a large spread of VFP at Standing Rock.

We are hoping every chapter will order at least one bundle for distribution. We have over 100 chapters, and besides spreading our mission, this is a way that you can get word out and build your chapter. There is a box at the lower left hand corner – that is where each chapter or individual can put their contact information.  It is a great opportunity!

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Last Chance to Sign Up For Trip to Viet Nam

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The mission of the tour is to address the legacies of America’s war, as well as visit a beautiful country & form lasting ties of friendship & peace; therefore each tour participant is asked to bring a minimum of $1,000 as a donation.  The money will go to VFP Chapter 160’s humanitarian projects in Việt Nam: bomb clearance, chemical warfare victims, hospitals, orphanages, schools, etc.  The group will visit recovery & assistance projects supported by VFP & meet with Việt Namese families & war veterans struggling with: Agent Orange/Dioxin, Unexploded Ordinance & Poverty.

Deadline to Join is January 5th!  Click Here for Tour Details and Sign Up information

Veterans For Peace is an international organization made up of military veterans, military family members, and allies. We accept veteran members from all branches of service. We are dedicated to building a culture of peace, exposing the true costs of war, and healing the wounds of war. 

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A Year Of U.S. Militarism

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Here is a rundown of U.S. foreign policy in 2016.

Marjorie Cohn, Huffington Post

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12/30/2016 | One of the most alarming developments in U.S. foreign policy in 2016 was the ratcheting up of the new iteration of the Cold War. Looking back at U.S. foreign policy in this last year of Barack Obama’s presidential tenure, other weighty developments include the ongoing proxy war in Syria, the U.S.-supported Saudi-led bombing in Yemen, U.S. use of drones and manned bombers in Libya, U.S. bombing in Iraq and Afghanistan, unprecedented U.S. military aid to Israel, U.S. special operations in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Yemen, U.S. saber-rattling against China in the South China Sea, and steps toward normalization of relations with Cuba.

The intensification of Cold War dynamics became particularly apparent in March, when the U.S. government announced it would significantly increase the number of troops stationed in Eastern Europe, a direct provocation of Russia. Reuters called the expanded positioning of NATO troops and military equipment in that region the “biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the Cold War.”

Marjorie Cohn: Professor Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Her most recent book is Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues

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