The Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy has retained DGSR LLC to promote its goal of pursuing a “realistic and restrained foreign policy.”
Washington-based DGSR is the home of William Dolbow, a top aide to former Majority Leader Eric Cantor and legislative director to Cantor’s predecessor Tom Bliley.
The Committee wants Congress to retain its Article I authority of the Constitution, giving it the exclusive power to declare war.
It maintains that Congress often takes “a backseat in directing military action, acquiescing to the President.”
The group points to the US participation in Saudi Arabia’s brutal campaign in Yemen as an unconstitutional war.
Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, President Obama sent troops in 2015 to support the Saudi effort to defeat an uprising by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
Foreign Policy magazine though saw the US intervention as Obama’s way to curry favor with Saudi Arabia. The Shiite Houthis have no connection to the Sunni extremists of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
The Committee backs legislation introduced by Democrats Ro Khanna (CA), Mark Pocan (WI) and Republicans Walter Jones (NC) and Thomas Massie (KY) to remove US forces from Yemen within 30 days unless Congress declares war.