The first casualty of war is truth. - Rudyard Kipling
I'm going to break down my perspective on this whole Iraq situation. I am by no means an “expert” in this area, but I must say the more I research and learn, the more solid I become in my position.
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land here in America. It is very specific and is a document of confinement - not expansion - of the government. In other words, if the Constitution says the government can do A, B, and C, they cannot do D unless the Constitution is amended to specifically grant such authority to the government. Amendment 9 and 10 support this. And it makes sense, really, otherwise there would be no limit on government expansion and control.
- FACT: Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution says in part: “The Congress shall have power.. To declare war..”.
The Congress is granted the power to declare war. It is not allowed to delegate this power to the President, or any other person, entity, or group. As of October 11, 2002, Congress delegated the President sweeping authority to use military force. If we go to war with Iraq without Congress declaring war, it will be unconstitutional. Period.
- Where's the threat?
Iraq has weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). So do 20+ other nations in the world, and surely many of them are not as “rational” or “peace-loving” (words used with tongue tentatively in cheek) as America. There hasn't been an attack by Iraq against America or our forces.
- FACT: There do not exist “no-fly zones” in Iraq
Since 1991 there have been lots - lots - of bombings in Iraq by American and British forces. These bombings were supposedly authorized by UN Security Council Resolution 688 - or so America claimed. Read the resolution yourself, there is nothing authorizing a “no-fly zone”. This means they are illegal and America lied.
- Pre-emptive strikes are un-American
With few exceptions, America has historically maintained a typical “defense only” stance on war, something I feel is honorable and should be maintained. Not to mention it would expand the government's power far to much to allow them to make pre-emptive strikes against nations they deem to be “potential developing threats”. In short, it would just be more bullying.
For this, as well as several other reasons, I do not support going to war with Iraq. I didn't list everything because I wanted to keep this somewhat brief, yet still hit on the main points - which I think are enough in and of themselves to be opposed to the pending “war”.
I urge you to do your own research, educate yourself, and reach your own conclusion.
Additional Recommended Reads:
What Really Happened
Transcript of Senate debate over the Iraq resolution (particularly part 3 is good)