|From:||Norma Jeane Y.|
|Sent on:||Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:39 AM|
Maybe you’ve already seen this. I just now heard about it. I had a conversation with a retired, “gung-ho” Marine (who I discovered disappointedly, but not surprisingly was grossly sexist) this past Sunday whose parting words to me were: “We’re going to bomb Baghdad.” I thought he was “blowing smoke” & just being a “testosterone-raving, macho jerk” at something THIS ludicrous & unthinkable. Apparently not. Please act to stop more Insanity. Thank you.
Can you please call Sen. Nelson, Sen. Rubio, and Rep. Mica? Tell them: "Dragging America back into war in Iraq with military intervention would be a tremendous mistake. Please ask the president to come to Congress for a vote, then say no to more war in Iraq."
Senator Bill Nelson
Dear MoveOn member,
The stakes are incredibly high and time's running short. President Obama signaled on Friday that in the days ahead, he will decide whether or not to take military action in Iraq in response to the growing sectarian violence.1 Should the order come, U.S. warships now in the Persian Gulf are ready to launch airstrikes against Iraq.2
To be clear, President Obama was right to end the Iraq war in 2011. Now he's under immense pressure from lawmakers like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, as well as discredited Bush advisers who are eager to drag America back into the disastrous conflict.3 Remember Bill Kristol and Paul Wolfowitz? They're the same figures who were behind the original invasion and subsequent mismanagement of the war, which set the stage for the crisis in Iraq today.4,5
The good news is that numerous members of Congress have already joined prominent military leaders, foreign policy experts, veterans like MoveOn member Matthew Hoh, and Americans from all walks of life to speak out against new U.S. military intervention in Iraq.6,7 Every member of Congress needs to hear from us today that a U.S. return to Iraq would be a tremendous mistake. They must also meet their responsibility as elected lawmakers to preside over the decision to go to war at all and insist that the president come to Congress for a vote on any possible military action.
Will you call Sen. Nelson, Sen. Rubio, and Rep. Mica today? Tell them: "Ending the Iraq war was the right decision, and restarting it with U.S. military intervention now would be a tremendous mistake. Please ask the president to come to Congress for a vote, then say no to more war in Iraq." It's okay to leave a voicemail or call back tomorrow, since the situation is changing rapidly. Our representatives need to hear from us right away.
Here's where to call:
Senator Bill Nelson
Senator Marco Rubio
Representative John Mica
Then, please report your call by clicking here:
President Obama said Friday that he would consult with Congress on decisions about military action in Iraq, and if enough members of Congress speak out now, we can have the full debate we need before taking military action.8
The warnings are grim. If the U.S. takes military action in response to the crisis in Iraq, it would be pouring more fuel on a raging fire and doubling down on the Bush Administration's colossal failures:9
"It makes no sense for us to consider going back there and getting involved in what truly is a religious civil war. What real difference would [air strikes] make on the ground?"
–Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Iraq War veteran
"I don't think there's any appetite from the American people to go back and do our work twice."
–Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), Iraq War veteran
"Ultimately, this is for the Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi government to deal with."
–Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, Pentagon spokesman
"Unless the US has bombs that can install wisdom and leadership into [Prime Minister] Maliki, airstrikes in Iraq would be pointless."
–Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
"If 10 years, millions of hours of work and hundreds of billions of dollars could not build a regime that can survive, it is difficult to imagine any fix that can. . .We broke Iraq. We paid a huge price in lives, treasure and legitimacy. It is time to stop paying."
–Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund10
Enough is enough! America cannot go down this road again. And with your help creating a massive outpouring of opposition to war in Iraq, we won't have to.
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Bobby, Joan, Stephen, and the rest of the team
1. "Transcript: President Obama's remarks on the crisis in Iraq," The Washington Post, June 13, 2014
2. "U.S. warships sit within striking distance of Iraq as Obama rules out putting troops back on the ground," National Post, June 13, 2014
3. "On Iraq, let's ignore those who got it all wrong," The Washington Post, June 13, 2014
4. "Fareed Zakaria: Who lost Iraq? The Iraqis did, with an assist from George W. Bush," The Washington Post, June 12, 2014
5. "Fool Me Once," Slate, June 16, 2014
6. "Tell President Obama and Congress: Keep America Out Of Iraq!," MoveOn.org Petition, accessed June 16, 2014
7. "Quotes Against Military Intervention in Iraq," Win Without War, accessed June 16, 2014
10. "Don't Be Sucked Into War With Iraq, Again," Defense One, June 12, 2014
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