Robert Naiman and Megan Iorio / Just Foreign Policy – 2014-06-15 21:39:41
Petition by Robert Naiman
To be delivered to
The United States House of Representatives,
The United States Senate, and
President Barack Obama
(June 15, 2014) — President Obama was right to say that the Iraqi government must be responsible for security in Iraq. President Obama should resist calls for direct US military action in Iraq, including airstrikes. Members of Congress must insist that before any direct US military action in Iraq, including airstrikes, there must be explicit Congressional authorization.
Senator Lindsey Graham and other pro-war voices have called for direct US military action in Iraq following the failure of the Iraqi Army to defend Mosul against Sunni insurgents. These calls, amplified in the media, are putting pressure on the Obama Administration for direct US military intervention in Iraq, including airstrikes.
Sign our petition at MoveOn telling President Obama and Congress NO to a new US war in Iraq.
Senate Armed Services Chair Carl Levin has correctly called for caution. Levin said: “It’s unclear how air strikes on our part can succeed unless the Iraqi army is willing to fight, and that’s uncertain given the fact that several Iraqi army divisions have melted away.” As the New York Times has written, â€œThe United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.â€
The US war in Iraq ended in 2011 with the withdrawal of our troops, and the last thing we need is a new US war in Iraq. President Obama has been right to say that the Iraqi government must be responsible for security in Iraq.
To avoid another rush to war, Members of Congress must insist that an explicit Congressional authorization of force precede any direct US military action in Iraq, including airstrikes.
This is how we stopped the US bombing of Syria: by getting Members of Congress to insist that President Obama come to Congress for authorization before any US bombing.
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Thanks for all you do to help prevent more war,