GPAX Statement on US/UK Military Action Against Yemen – 1/20/2024

The Green Party US Peace Action Committee (GPAX) unequivocally opposes the most recent US/UK military action against Yemen in response to Yemen’s blockade against ships bound to Israel through the Red Sea.

The blockade implemented by Yemen was originally designed to prevent only those ships going to Israel from reaching their destination. Their rationale is straightforward. Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Therefore, one way to put the brakes on that effort is to affect Israel economically.  This isn’t a random blockade, nor is it a total blockade. After the US and the UK launched a military action against Yemen on January 11th, the blockade extended to include ships from the US and the UK.

Unfortunately, it seems that the US/UK would rather resort to an escalation of the violence in the region rather than to take action to de-escalate the violence. Certainly, it would be less costly in terms of death and destruction as evidenced immediately. Yemen’s blockade had yielded no deaths and no injuries. The US/UK reaction resulted in the deaths of 6 civilians and heightened tensions between the US and Iran.

Once again, the actions of President Biden and his administration can be considered unconstitutional. Once again, President Biden has ignored the US Congress in deciding when and if to go to war. Once again, President Biden has ignored calls for a ceasefire.

Article I, Section VIII grants the power to declare war solely in the hands of the U.S. Congress. However, in the event that a president feels compelled to act unilaterally as Commander-in-chief the War Powers Act of 1973 requires that the president report to the US Congress about the action within 48 hours. Congress has a right to put conditions on the action and in no scenario allow the action to continue for more than 60 days.

The Yemenis have indicated that they will not stop their efforts to block ships headed to Israel using the Red Sea, until and unless the genocide of the Palestinians ends. The irony of this is that Israel’s blockade of Gaza has existed for 16 years with little to no outcry from the international community and Yemen itself was the victim of a US/Saudi blockade at the Port of Hodeida from 2017 to at least 2021. This blockade brought many in Yemen to the brink of starvation. It was called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis by the UN through March 2023, and probably now is only surpassed by the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. So Yemen knows all too well the problems of displacement and starvation.

The US public is tired of war. The US public is tired of leaders that do not provide an opportunity for the people’s voices to be heard. And hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the US, while 1 million have protested in London, calling for a cease fire and a stop to the genocide in Gaza. It’s time that President Biden and the British leaders listen to the people and stop using military action as their answer to any international conflict.

Statement on Gaza genocide lawsuit

On November 13, 2023, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed the case Defense for Children International – Palestine v. Biden against President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for violations of customary international law, codified in the Genocide Convention of 1948, and US law, codified in the corresponding Genocide Convention Implementation Act (U.S.C. § 1091). The case charges the named defendants with both failure to prevent and complicity in genocide in Gaza. CCR and the plaintiffs (including leading Palestinian human rights organizations, Defense for Children International – Palestine and Al-Haq) provide that not only has the Biden Administration declined to take action to stop grave Israeli crimes, it has actively supported Israel in committing them by, inter alia, “providing unconditional military and diplomatic support, coordinating closely on military strategy, and undermining efforts by the international community to stop Israel’s unrelenting and unprecedented bombing campaign and total siege of Gaza.”

The Peace Action Committee of the Green Party of the United States (GPAX) is deeply concerned by the disregard of international law in the course of Israel’s response to the Hamas attack on October 7, 2023, and calls on all parties to observe relevant international laws and norms, including the rules of war and international humanitarian law. GPAX endorses the lawsuit filed by CCR in an effort to hold the Biden Administration accountable to its obligations under international and US law.

Statement on Gaza War

The Green Party Peace Action Committee (GPAX) urges that the party participate in the wave of worldwide mass protests against the US-Israeli slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere.

Our main concern is US military and diplomatic participation in the war and in the criminal siege and bombardment that have already killed thousands in Gaza, wounded tens of thousands, and left a million homeless.

GPAX calls for ending the supply of weapons and financing to Israel; withdrawing US military assets from the region; and ending US war threats. The U.S. must also become constructively engaged in diplomatic efforts to resolve this persistent threat to world peace.

We support the widespread calls by UN officials and member countries, trade unionists, and others for a ceasefire, provision of humanitarian aid, the release of detained people, and long-term solutions based on justice and equality. We urge the Green Party and state parties to work with others for all these goals.

We believe that the recent meeting of President Joe Biden with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, combined with US unconditional support for the Israelis, will inflame the region even further. Without taking the steps we propose, the death and destruction will continue. Our goal is peace, but a peace accompanied by justice for all people of this region.

GPAX Statement on Ukraine War

As the devastating war in Ukraine continues with no end in sight, the Green Party Peace Action Committee (GPAX) renews its call for the U.S. to end its participation in this proxy war against Russia. It has become clear that the pro-war elements of the Biden administration miscalculated badly in their plans to make Ukraine into a NATO bulwark against Russia. Economic sanctions and vast military and financial assistance have failed to secure victory for Ukraine, and the U.S. is now cynically sacrificing Ukrainian lives to avoid political embarrassment before the 2024 U.S. elections.

By continuing to enable this war, the Biden administration is perpetuating needless bloodshed, weakening our European allies, damaging our relations with non-aligned countries, and increasing the risk of a catastrophic nuclear war. The only beneficiaries of this failed belligerent policy are the U.S. arms makers, who are reaping profits from the replacement of weaponry fed into the fires of the Ukraine war.

GPAX calls for the U.S. government to immediately commence diplomatic negotiations with Russia to bring an end to the war in Ukraine. A negotiated cease-fire should be followed by a permanent settlement that considers the interests of all parties. By pretending that the U.S. cannot end this war, and instead supplying progressively more destructive weaponry, the Biden administration is perpetuating a conflict that is costing thousands of lives and devastating an entire nation.

While refusing to enter negotiations, Biden has steadily escalated U.S. involvement, most recently by supplying artillery cluster munitions. This type of weapon has been banned by many nations because of the danger to civilians of unexploded bomblets that remain lethal for years. Adding this hazard to the huge number of landmines present in the battlefields is creating a deadly legacy for the civilians of Ukraine.

It is time for rationality and realism to return to U.S. foreign policy and for the Washington neocons who engineered the disaster in Ukraine to be removed from power. More war is not the path to peace; it will lead to greater ruin for Ukraine and greater danger for the whole world.

GPAX Statement on U.S. Supplying Cluster Munitions to Ukraine

Sowing Death in Ukraine

The decision by the Biden administration to supply large quantities of artillery cluster munitions to Ukraine will create a long-term danger to civilians caused by unexploded ordnance lingering in former war zones. In 2008, recognition of the harmful effects of such weapons led to an international treaty banning their production and use. The Convention on Cluster Munitions has since been ratified by 111 nations. Unfortunately, the U.S. is not a party to this treaty.

The U.S. used vast quantities of cluster munitions in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The Red Cross has reported that Laos is contaminated by about 80 million cluster submunitions, affecting all 17 provinces and resulting in 300 yearly casualties. The U.S. also used cluster munitions in the 1991 Gulf War, dropping 61,000 cluster bombs. Usage of this type of weapon has diminished in more recent years, but the U.S. retains a vast arsenal of over a million cluster artillery shells, which it now intends to provide to Ukraine.

The small percentage of cluster munition bomblets that fail to detonate immediately remain dangerous unexploded ordnance (UXO). They may explode randomly, or when a farmer works in a field, or when a child handles one, mistaking it for a toy. The arithmetic of calculating this danger is simple: multiply the dud rate (usually around 2%) times the number of bomblets in a shell (typically about 50) times the number of shells fired (Ukraine currently fires thousands a day). This calculation yields the ugly result that the U.S. will cause the sowing of civilian death in the fields and towns of Ukraine.

The danger of cluster munitions UXO compounds the hazard of widespread mining of the battlefields of Ukraine. In addition to conventional mine-laying methods, both sides in the Ukraine war now employ remote mining weaponry that scatters mines via rocket and conventional artillery. The locations of these new minefields are unlikely to be documented accurately and will pose a long-term postwar danger to civilians.

Callous disregard for the consequences of sending cluster munitions to Ukraine is consistent with the cynical U.S. use of Ukraine as a proxy for harming Russia. Heedless of the escalation risk, the U.S. will continue sending weapons to Ukraine as long as the Zelensky regime is willing to sacrifice Ukraine’s people to serve U.S. geopolitical goals. The civilians who die because of the legacy of death bequeathed by unexploded U.S. weapons in Ukraine is considered acceptable collateral damage by the Washington neocons who remain firmly in control of U.S. foreign policy.

The Peace Action Committee of the U.S. Green Party calls for an end to the arming of Ukraine and immediate U.S. negotiations for a cease-fire and permanent settlement of this conflict. The U.S. can and must stop this war that is destroying Ukraine and seeding its land with future death and destruction.


GPUS Endorses “Rage Against the War Machine” demonstration

The National Committee of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) has voted to endorse the “Rage Against the War Machine” demonstration planned for February 19 in Washington D.C. This action has been endorsed by other anti-war groups and individuals. GPUS  joins them to strengthen opposition to the United States’ endless wars.

GPUS plans to play a leading role in the emergence of a unified and strong U.S. anti-war movement. The involvement of the US and NATO in the war in Ukraine presents a world-wide emergency that demands a strong anti-war movement around the following demands being made at this upcoming event:

    • Not One More Penny for War in Ukraine
    • Negotiate Peace
    • Stop the War Inflation
    • Disband NATO
    • Global Nuclear De-Escalation
    • Slash the Pentagon Budget
    • Abolish the CIA and Military-Industrial Deep State
    • Abolish War and Empire
    • Restore Civil Liberties
    • Free Julian Assange

The Green Party US Peace Action Committee (GPAX) urges Greens across the country to attend or to hold similar events locally. We are proud to say that Jill Stein will be speaking  at the rally about what makes GPUS’s position so inclusive – our commitments to social, economic and environmental justice. We believe the extreme danger to world peace posed by the war in Ukraine should make unified action against this war a priority for all peace activists.

For more information, contact:

Madelyn Hoffman

Co-Chair, Green Party Peace Action Committee

Haig Hovaness

Co-Chair, Green Party Peace Action Committee

GPAX/GPUS Statement on Ukraine War

The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) views the war in Ukraine with great concern. As the US party of peace, we emphatically oppose the recourse to war as a means of inter-state dispute resolution and, accordingly, condemn the present violence in Ukraine by all sides. With respect to the US and Western response, we express specific concerns regarding:

  1. The militaristic approach of indefinitely arming Ukraine. This strategy is demonstrably flawed. Ukraine is losing the war (despite heavy Western military assistance) and protracting the conflict through further armament will only lead to more death and destruction in Ukraine – not to a Ukrainian victory. This approach does not reflect a sincere interest in the well-being of the Ukrainian people, but rather the geopolitical and financial interests of Western elites.
  2. The misbegotten approach of imposing inefficacious and self-destructive sanctions on Russia. This strategy is empirically flawed. In keeping with the long track record of previous failures of punitive sanctions regimes, the current sanctions on Russia have not altered its behavior in Ukraine. Instead, they have increased its energy revenues and strengthened the Ruble, while damaging the Western European economy and undermining confidence in the US financial system. Aggravating international tensions through economic warfare will not bring peace to Ukraine.
  3. The unwillingness to engage in diplomacy. A ceasefire, and subsequent negotiated peace, is the only realistic way to end the war shy of the utter ruination of Ukraine. Adoption of a realistic negotiating position and willingness to make concessions is essential to the initiation of genuine peace talks, but the U.S. has failed to pursue a diplomatic solution.
  4. The dishonest portrayal of developments in Ukraine. Russian aggression is rightfully covered and denounced. However, sole attribution of blame to Russia whitewashes an extended history of inimical US interference in Ukraine, contributing to current hostilities. Additionally, depiction of the Zelensky Government as a democratic force representative of the Ukrainian people and selective coverage of Ukrainian military successes deceitfully engender popular support for the failing strategy of continued military aid. The West proudly lauds its freedom of speech and press. We encourage Western media to make use of this right in accurately and critically covering events in Ukraine.GPUS calls for cessation of unconditional military aid to Ukraine, lifting of counter-productive sanctions regimes, and initiation of genuine negotiations toward a ceasefire and sustainable peace framework! We implore the Biden Administration to use its position of influence to facilitate peace by encouraging peace talks and engaging with Russia to de-escalate tensions – not to fuel war by further arming Ukraine and prolonging a terrible conflict.


GPAX Statement on Ukraine

The Green Party of the United States’ Peace Action Committee (GPAX) views the unfolding conflict in Ukraine with great concern. We emphatically urge the Biden Administration to use its influence to encourage the resumption of negotiations toward i) a ceasefire in the near-term; and ii) a plan and implementation framework for a sustainable peace. GPAX rejects the Administration’s present approach of frustrating negotiation prospects and perpetually arming Ukraine to weaken Russia through a lengthy war of attrition. This will result in more loss of life and devastation in Ukraine and risks a Russia-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conflict with catastrophic escalation potential. Negotiation is the only way to end the suffering in Ukraine and head off a possible nuclear war!

GPAX is also concerned about the extraordinary United States sanctions against Russia, which include freezing of central bank assets; blocking Russian banks from the SWIFT international payments system; prohibition of investment in the Russian Federation; blocking of Russian debt payments; and encouragement of U.S. corporations to leave Russia. These sanctions are disrupting international trade, weakening the U.S. economy, and undermining confidence in the U.S. financial system. These ill-advised measures have failed to alter Russia’s conduct in the Ukraine war and have backfired by inflicting serious economic damage on America’s European allies. Aggravating international tensions through economic warfare will not bring peace to Ukraine.


The Weaponization of Falsehood: America’s Embrace of Propaganda in the Ukraine War

Perhaps the most sinister development in America’s involvement in the war in Ukraine is the steady expansion of a propaganda campaign supporting the Zelensky government. Not only has the intensity of this effort been increasing, but there have been explicit statements from media and government sources attempting to normalize falsehood as a proper weapon of war. U.S. journalists now acknowledge that the Zelensky government is issuing propaganda as part of “information operations.”

“It’s a war — everything they do and say publicly is designed to help them win the war. Every public statement is an information operation, every interview, every Zelensky appearance broadcast is an information operation,” said another source familiar with western intelligence. “It doesn’t mean they’re wrong to do it in any way.”

U.S. propagandists, aware of the availability of accurate reports of events from independent Internet sources, are now boldly declaring that propaganda lies are justified in wartime. Since the U.S. is now engaged in a proxy war with Russia, actively arming Ukraine and applying damaging economic sanctions against Russia, the weaponization of anti-Russian propaganda is being defended as patriotic. Thus, the Russians are depicted as barbaric war criminals and American news on the war is dominated by stories of Russian atrocities that are often unsubstantiated Ukrainian claims. Meanwhile, documented atrocities committed by Ukrainians are ignored by the major U.S. media outlets.

The eager participation of U.S. mainstream media in this propaganda campaign is reminiscent of the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, during which doctored intelligence was uncritically accepted as justification for a disastrous military adventure that devastated a nation that had no connection to the 9/11 attacks. The current biased MSM coverage of the war in Ukraine is further undercutting the diminishing credibility of mainstream news sources.

The U.S. intelligence agencies, whose reputation was damaged by their failures in regime change wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, are now further injuring their reputations by abandoning objectivity in favor of a commitment to information war. A recent comment from a government source indicated how intelligence is now manipulated to support the information war against Russia:

“It doesn’t have to be solid intelligence when we talk about it,” a U.S. official said. “It’s more important to get out ahead of them — Putin specifically — before they do something. It’s preventative. We don’t always want to wait until the intelligence is 100 percent certainty that they are going to do something. We want to get out ahead to stop them.”

The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies were established to provide accurate information to guide the policies of the government. By entering a gray zone where accurate information is mingled with engineered disinformation, the value of these organizations has become questionable. How can our nation trust “intelligence” that has been corrupted by political expediency?

The corrosive effects of official normalization of falsehood by a government is a serious problem. If lying is deemed a worthy patriotic defense of the nation, then when is it not justified? Should America lie about its economic statistics? Should our government lie about our national health and crime information? Where does the political justification for falsehood end? A major reason for the collapse of the Soviet Union was widespread public distrust of a government that lied about everything to preserve the regime.

The normalization of lying destroys social capital, the valuable store of trust among individuals and institutions. When citizens believe that everyone is lying to secure their own interests, trust diminishes, cooperation declines, and discord spreads. Corruption flourishes in low-trust societies, with damaging economic consequences, while high-trust societies tend to have superior economic performance. Americans in leadership positions would do well to consider an old maxim from Plato: But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.

America’s Neocons Betray the Plutocracy

As the Ukraine conflict expands into an economic war between the U.S. and Russia, it has become clear that U.S. foreign policy no longer serves the interests of the U.S. plutocracy. The following developments, engineered by Washington’s Neocons, will inflict increasing harm on the business interests of the United States:

  • Freezing of the assets of the Russian central bank. More than $100 billion of Russian central bank assets held in U.S. financial institutions have been seized, resulting in permanent damage to trust in the safety of U.S. dollar deposits.
  • Blocking Russian petroleum imports. Although the U.S. is less dependent on imports of Russian oil, there will be inflation of petroleum and commodity prices in the U.S., leading to reduced economic growth.
  • Removing Russian financial institutions from the SWIFT electronic payments network. Russia, China, and India will resort to alternative electronic trading networks that will bypass SWIFT and reduce the role of the dollar in world trade.
  • Encouraging dozens of U.S. corporations to abandon their Russian business operations. This action has nullified decades of U.S. investment in Russia and will likely lead to the permanent displacement of those businesses by competitors from other nations.

In 1953, a General Motors executive famously said that what was good for GM was good for America, indicating that there was no conflict between the goals of the U.S. government and U.S. business. Today, America’s Neocon ideologues are pursuing policies clearly detrimental to American business and damaging to the U.S. economy. How did this strange situation arise?

The Neocon project, originating with the collapse of the Soviet Union, was to forcibly spread liberal democracy worldwide, with the corresponding expansion of markets for U.S. global corporations. Launched as a response to the 9/11 attacks, the Neocon Global War on Terror was a military campaign aimed at imposing democracy and economic exploitation on the Mideast. After some initial success, this scheme turned into a costly series of stalemated and abandoned wars that spread ruin and chaos in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.

Having been frustrated in military power projection, the Neocons have increasingly turned to economic warfare, imposing sanctions on unfriendly nations that cannot be cowed by threats of invasion. Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Yemen have been subjected to crippling economic sanctions causing vast human suffering but yielding no geopolitical triumphs. Thus, it came as no surprise that Russia’s attack on Ukraine would trigger massive economic sanctions from the U.S. and its NATO/EU allies.

Unfortunately for the Western business community, impairing the Russian economy through financial and trade sanctions also harms the U.S. and European economies. The Europeans will suffer disproportionally because of their dependence on Russian energy imports, but the U.S. will also suffer because of commodity price inflation; damage to the role of the U.S. dollar; and distrust sown among trading partners. If the economic war expands to China, there will be much more economic damage.

America’s plutocrats are slowly awakening to the fact that in enabling the Neocons, they have created a monster that is now damaging their vital interests, but it is too late for them to tame this monster. Neocon ideology has fully permeated the U.S. political establishment and the media, and opposition to the Neocon economic warfare agenda is now branded as unpatriotic if not treasonous. It is now generally accepted in Washington that America has a right and a duty to bend all other nations to our will by any means necessary, whatever the cost.

The Neocons will not go gently into the night of their failed ideology. Their organizations, reputations, and livelihoods are at stake. They will cling to even the smallest possibility of a final triumph, doubling down at every opportunity rather than accepting defeat. Unlike the plutocrats, they have no financial capital at risk; only their careers are at stake. To this day, the advocates of the disastrous War on Terror regime change invasions are fully in control of U.S. foreign policy and are ratcheting up conflict with Russia and China.

History shows that once a nation becomes dominated by a pernicious ideology, its business community is powerless to change the course of foreign policy. This was the case in WWII Germany and Japan, as business leaders, who earlier supported expansionist militarism, watched helplessly as their assets were destroyed in losing wars. It remains to be seen whether the damage inflicted on the U.S. by the Neocons will be limited to years of economic decline or will extend to the catastrophe of a nuclear war. The American plutocracy sowed the wind by backing the Neocons, and it will now reap the whirlwind of Neocon foreign policy folly.

Haig Hovaness

Co-Chair, U.S. Green Party Peace Action Committee