Dear MoveOn member,
The last time America went to war in the Middle East, it took nearly a decade to get out. It cost more than $2 trillion.1 4,491 Americans died and 32,000 were wounded.2 And at least half a million Iraqi men, women, and children were killed.3
Do we really want to go back?
In the last week, Washington, D.C., has gotten swept up in yet another fevered rush to war. But with so many unanswered questions, only one thing is really clear: We need to slow down and have a real debate.
MoveOn has teamed up with allies including Veterans for Peace and Win without War to demand that Congress stop and answer the difficult questions before going off half-cocked (again). Can you donate $3 to help pay for the ads and organizers we need to stop this rush to war?
There are so many questions that clearly have not been answered. Questions like:
- What are our objectives?
- What's our exit strategy?
- Could U.S. weapons fall into the hands of terrorists?
- Will bombing create more terrorists than we kill?
- If there's no imminent threat to the U.S., why are we doing this at all?
If we don't stop and think this through, we could get stuck in another quagmire before most Americans even know what's going on.
So today, we're running a full-page ad in the influential Washington newspaper Politico. Then we're leading more than two dozen national organizations in a day of action to demand Congress ask the hard questions and vote on any authorization for a new war in Iraq and Syria.
All this costs money—on top of all the critical campaigns and elections work we're taking on this fall. That's why we're counting on you.
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Matt, Nick, Corinne, and the rest of the teamSources:
1. "Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study," Reuters, March 14, 2013
2. U.S. Casualty Status in the Middle East, U.S. Department of Defense, September 15, 2014
3. "Iraq Death Toll Reaches 500,000 Since Start Of U.S.-Led Invasion, New Study Says," Huffington Post, October 15, 2013
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