Sunday, September 14, 2014

Which questions need to be answered?

MoveOn members have submitted thousands of questions that need to be answered before going down the path to war. Will you take a few minutes to help rate the ideas you think are most important to get asked, debated and answered?

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Dear MoveOn member,

Over the past 48 hours, MoveOn members like you have submitted thousands of questions that Congress, the president, the media, and the American people must ask, debate and understand before any decision can be made to move forward with expanded military action in Iraq or Syria.

We're mounting a big effort so that the media, Congress and President Obama hear the questions to which Americans must know answers before going to war.

But first we need your help. We've set up a tool so that all of us can together identify the top priority questions to be asked. Will you help rate which are the most important questions to ask?

On Tuesday, we'll send the top-ranked questions to reporters, the White House and key members of Congress for use in official hearings next week. 

There are so many powerful questions—it's hard to know where to begin. Here are a few that captured some of the diversity asked:

What would success actually look like? What makes us think that we can prevent the deep conflicts afflicting that part of the world from resurfacing?Susan H. in Oakland, CA

How will the United States fund this new military offensive? How much will it cost? Who will suffer as a result? Is anyone in the White House/Congress proposing alternatives to military force?Roger S. in Bridgeport, CT

What is the defined scope and extent of our mission from a military, economic, political involvement? What is our criteria for determining the success of our mission involvement? Do we have a clearly defined strategy for assisting the Kurds and the Iraqi government in effectively extinguishing the ISIS insurgency? What is our clearly defined exit strategy?—Susan C. in Montague, MA

It's vital that we slow down and engage in a real, full-throated debate—including discussion of all the alternatives we have for confronting ISIS—rather than rushing headlong into another open-ended war in the Middle East.

Thanks for all you do.

Anna, Kate, Jo, Aiyi'nah, and the rest of the team

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