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No blank check for war in Iraq and Syria!

It’s not too late to stop an endless war in Iraq and Syria.

While U.S. bombs are already falling in Iraq and Syria, Congress has yet to debate and vote on our latest war in the Middle East. While the political world is focused on the upcoming midterm elections, Congress will return in November and have a chance to rein in the war in Iraq and Syria.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is leading the way in this fight and has introduced a resolution, H. Con. Res. 114, urging Congress to debate, vote, and put constraints on the war.

While there’s no guarantee Congress will listen to our calls to stop the war, the more Representatives who support the CPC’s resolution, the more likely we are to prevent Iraq and Syria becoming another bloody, endless war.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ resolution says that Congress “(1) should debate and vote on a statutory authorization for any sustained U.S. combat role in Iraq or Syria, (2) does not support the deployment of ground combat troops in Iraq or Syria, (3) should ensure that any such statutory authorization is limited, and (4) should ensure that any statutory authorization includes robust reporting requirements.”The CPC resolution’s call for an up-or-down vote is a step forward. A vote will force members of Congress to go on the record on America’s latest war in the Middle East, and provide progressive with a crucial opportunity to urge a ‘no’ vote and then hold accountable those who vote to authorize this war.Email your Representative: Cosponsor H. Con. Res. 114 and oppose our latest war in Iraq and Syria.

Our latest war in Iraq and Syria is clearly failing. Despite hundreds of U.S. airstrikes, ISIS is surging. The terrorist group has orchestrated a wave of suicide bombings in Baghdad, is on the verge of taking Anbar Province, and is even threatening some of Baghdad’s suburbs and its airport, while the Iraqi military continues to flounder. The situation is so dire that Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said he is only “somewhat” confident the Iraqi government can hold Baghdad.

Calls from right-wing war hawks to send American ground troops into battle are growing louder than ever. And the more that the airstrike strategy fails, the more political leverage hawks will have to drag us into a ground war.

Urge your Representative to take the first step to stopping the war by signing on to the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ resolution – and then voting to oppose war.

 

Posted by Angela Miller.

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