Before we hear Pres. Obama’s national address tonight, where he is expected to make the case for a “limited,” three-year “boots on the ground” reinvasion of Iraq (in addition to the 1,000 troops currently stationed there), let’s hit the pause button and consider non-military options. Yes, ISIS, a brutal offshoot of al-Qaeda that stretches from the Mediterranean in northwest Syria to the Persian Gulf in southeast Iraq, needs to be stopped. The questions are how and by whom. The U.S. has many options. Is Obama considering them all before he sends our men and women back into battle?
I’ve drafted a brief petition to the President and Members of Congress with 7 steps to stop ISIS – peacefully. Will you please take a moment to consider signing it?
If you feel as strongly as I do that more war is NOT the answer, please forward this page to your friends.
Let’s get 10,000 signatures before the President’s speech tomorrow night!
Congress has just reconvened. Today is the day to contact them and raise these non-military intervention options to stop ISIS — peacefully.
As you know, I traveled to Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion, spent a summer in Syria working with Iraqi refugees and spent last summer in Beirut interviewing Syrian refugees. I am appalled that the President seems to be moving toward military reengagement without a full, public airing of the non-military options. I’ve met the people whose lives and families are shattered by my country’s rush to war. Can we prevent more casualties on America’s conscience?
Here’s the petition with sources listed below: Read more »