Target: United States President and Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama
Goal: Oppose sending combat troops, air strikes and other military intervention back to Iraq
Although the United States was embroiled in conflict in Iraq for nine long years, leaving behind a destabilized nation and more than 100,000 dead civilians according to numerous estimates, there was never a formal declaration of war. Now, three years after the withdrawal of troops, the U.S. President and other so-called “war hawks” are preparing a return to Iraq with yet another military intervention.
Few can forget the lead up to the first Iraq War. Following the tragedy of 9/11 infamous figures like then-Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld assured the world that war was necessary to prevent the spread of terrorism. They lied to the public about weapons of mass destruction and used these lies to justify a war that cost taxpayers more than $2 trillion according to the Congressional Budget Office. Thousands of U.S. troops and contractors have lost their lives or been seriously injured. Suicide among Veterans have been epidemic–a tragic consequences of witnessing, and participating in, the horrors of an unjust war.
The true cost for the Iraqi people is impossible to measure. In cities like Fallujah, where the U.S. used munitions coated in radioactive spent uranium, children continue to be born with terrible birth defects. The War on Terror destroyed much of the nation’s infrastructure, and contributed to the rise of armed terrorist groups. The U.S.-backed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki has used deadly violence against peaceful protestors demanding a voice in the nation’s politics.
There is no reason to believe that ongoing U.S. military intervention will bring about peace, or democracy, or that the logic used to justify it is any based in reality any more than the logic of Cheney and Rumsfeld. Overwhelmingly the American public, the Iraqi people and the international community oppose a new war in Iraq. Tell President Obama that there can never be a just war, and that there can never be peace in Iraq as long as the United States continues to interfere. Demand that the President abandon all plans to send troops, air strikes, weapons or other military interventions to Iraq.
Dear President Obama,
Despite the tremendous cost in human life, the $2 trillion cost to American taxpayers and the human rights crisis that continues in Iraq after a failed U.S. war on its soil, you and your advisers are advocating for a return to military interventions in the country.
This new call to war is completely unacceptable. Public Policy Polling estimates that 74% of all Americans oppose a return to military interventions in Iraq. Not surprisingly, the Iraqi people are also overwhelmingly against the U.S. sending more combat troops into their nation. Too many people have already died, and there has been no increased stability, no real democracy, no peace in Iraq.
The growing humanitarian crisis in the country is largely the result of the War on Terror. More war can never be the solution. I stand with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who has opposed the war since its beginning. In a recent statement she reminded Americans that “The U.S. must continue to pursue international and regional engagement, recognition of human rights and political reforms in order to promote the long term national stability and the reconciliation necessary to address this complex problem.”
Please, Mr. President, abandon all plans to send U.S. troops, weapons, air strikes or other military intervention into war-torn Iraq.
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