FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM MOE DAVIS FOR CONGRESS CAMPAIGN
Contact: Viv Bernstein
January 8, 2020
MOE DAVIS, FORMER AIR FORCE COLONEL, CHIEF PROSECUTOR AT GUANTANAMO BAY AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERT, CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PASS BILL RESTRICTING PRESIDENT’S USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
President Donald J. Trump has brought this country to the brink of war by approving the assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani. Iran has already retaliated with air strikes and has declared it will no longer honor nuclear enrichment limitations, raising concerns it will proceed with building a nuclear arsenal. And the president is tweeting out threats to commit international war crimes by destroying cultural sites in Iran.
This much is clear: The President’s extreme decisions made without apparent consideration for the consequences of his actions demonstrate he cannot be trusted with our nuclear arsenal. It is now imperative that Congress pass H.R. 669 and the Senate companion bill, S. 200 Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2019 so that the president will not be able to launch a nuclear attack without Congressional approval.
Col. Moe Davis (USAF-Ret.), who served for 25 years and is now running for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District, issued this statement Wednesday:
“I support H.R. 669, a bill introduced by fellow former JAG Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) in January, 2019, prohibiting any president from launching a first-strike nuclear attack without obtaining the approval of Congress. A companion bill, S. 200, was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and co-sponsored by, among others, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT).”
“As Washington Post associate editor and columnist Eugene Robinson wrote on Monday about President Trump’s rash decision to execute Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike, ‘This is what we feared, what we warned about. An erratic, petulant, clueless president, manifestly unfit to serve as commander in chief, has sparked a high stakes international crisis. Welcome to Donald Trump’s war.’”
“The consequences of an erratic, petulant, clueless president with a documented history of acting without consulting on or thinking about the strategic implications of his military decisions are too great when it comes to the unchecked power to launch a nuclear first-strike without the oversight and approval of Congress. Unlike many other military actions a president can order that are far more limited in intensity and permanency, there is no walking back from a nuclear attack. Countless numbers of noncombatants could be killed and the physical destruction in the impact zone and surrounding area and the long-term environmental harm would likely be catastrophic.”
“Consideration of employing the ultimate weapon of mass destruction on a first-strike basis should be reserved for only the gravest of circumstances where a compelling existential threat to the nation or an ally is imminent and a first-strike should be approved only after careful debate that excludes the reasonableness and practicability of all lesser options. Given President Trump’s proclivity to act first and deal with the consequences later, placing reasonable constraints on his ability to take such drastic action on an impulse is not only prudent, it is mandated for the good of the country and the security of the world.”
Davis, 61, was Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay from Sept. 2005 to Oct. 2007 but resigned after refusing an order to use evidence obtained through torture in prosecutions. Davis later worked as Senior Specialist in National Security for the Congressional Research Service.
Before retiring from the military in 2008, Davis was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit. He also earned six Meritorious Service Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Davis most recently worked as a judge at the U.S. Department of Labor before moving back to his home state of North Carolina in 2019 and announcing a run for Congress.