Open letter opposing the San Diego City Council’s resolution which dramatizes the effects of the military spending “cuts” on local economy

Dear Councilmember Sherri Lightner,

I am writing to express my disappointment at your efforts to dramatize the potentially negative effects the reductions in military spending authorized by the US Congress could have on the San Diego economy and for proposing the corresponding resolution in the City Council to oppose them.

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Congressional Visits Report: No War On Iran

This morning at 11:00 hours, myself, Jack Doxey and Jim Brown meet with Ryan Peters, Veterans Affairs Specialist in the office of Rep. Darrell Issa. We focused on our opposition to war against Iran and pointed out the various reasons why pursuing war was an act of folly. We also focused on, and urged Mr. Peters to encourage Rep. Issa to support H.R. 4173 which calls for the president to appoint a “special envoy” to Iran and calls for a diplomatic resolution to the current stand off between the US, Israel, the 5+1 nations and Iran over the issue of the development of nuclear power. We told Mr. Peters that VFP opposes sanctions because the people being harmed are innocent Iranians. Jack requested that we hear back from Mr. Peters within the next two weeks as to Issa’s position on H.R. 4173 and whether he would support a diplomatic solution rather than going to war with Iran. Our meeting with Mr. Peters, marine veteran, lasted in excess of 30 min and he appeared to support our position. He also indicated that he thought Issa would support H.R. 4173 as it is presently written. We had a opportunity to cover all the issues on our agenda and were given plenty of time to do so.

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Talking Points for Meeting with Congressional Representatives Regarding Iran

Prepared by the VFP Iran Working Group.

Iran has not historically been an aggressive state in modern times, having invaded and occupied no other state for over 250 years.

Numerous retired U.S. military general staff have publicly stated that Iran poses no threat to the United States.
 
Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), allows regular inspections of its nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency, has formally renounced nuclear weapons, and agreed in March 2012 to six-party talks and permission for IAEA inspectors to visit its key military research site.
 
Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has the right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful energy production.
 
According to the principle of self-determination established by Article 55 of the UN Charter, no nation has the right to engage in covert or overt aggression, or interference with the internal affairs of other nations, including Iran, whose policies and conduct are in compliance with international law.
 
The government of Israel — a state with an undeclared and formidable nuclear arsenal that has refused to sign the NPT or allow IAEA inspections despite a formal IAEA request in September 2009 — has no right to dictate nuclear conditions to any other state.
 
As American citizens who have seen U.S.-supported police states abroad in violation of Article 55(c) of the UN Charter, we regrets and apologize for the suffering caused to the Iranian people by covert U.S. operations in 1953 that deposed Iran’s democratically elected president, Mohammed Mossadeq, and subsequently installed Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi who subjected the Iranian people to 25 years under a brutal police state.
 
As American citizens who have witnessed interference by the U.S. government in other states in violation of UN Charter Articles 1(2) and 2(4) that establish “the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples” and prohibit “the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state,” we are strongly opposed to the unjust, illegal and unnecessary trade and banking sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States. These sanctions have already caused a great amount of suffering for the Iranian people.

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