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39 Organizations Support the Iraq War Powers Resolution

July 23, 2014

Dear Members of the House of Representatives:

Representatives Jim McGovern, Walter Jones and Barbara Lee have introduced H. Con. Res. 105, a privileged resolution to direct the President to remove U.S. troops from Iraq within 30 days, or no later than the end of this year. We urge you to co-sponsor and support this important resolution.

This resolution, which provides an exception for those troops needed to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel, is likely to be voted on in the full House before the end of July. The sponsors are using the special procedures outlined under the War Powers Resolution that requires the House to take up this bill after 15 calendar days.

Last month, President Obama announced that 300 personnel would be sent to Iraq, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, augmented by Apache attack helicopters and drones, after military aggression by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. A few days later, he announced another 200 personnel were soon to be deployed. There are promises to send many additional Hellfire air-to-surface missiles.

As the United States knows from past, bitter experience in Vietnam, a small military engagement can escalate into a major military war that is disastrous for the United States. There is little a few hundred or a few thousand troops can do in Iraq that 140,000 could not do at the height of American involvement in Iraq.

President George W. Bush signed an agreement before leaving office to withdraw all American forces from Iraq by 2011. That decision should not be reversed.

Congress has the constitutional responsibility to debate the merits of American military involvement in Iraq before the first American casualties. Whatever your position on Iraq or this resolution, the measure provides an opportunity for sorely needed debate on a very critical issue.

We urge you to co-sponsor and support the resolution, and to oppose what is likely to be a tabling motion before the end of July.

Sincerely,

Pat Alviso
Military Families Speak Out

Fred Azcarate
USAction

Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans
CODEPINK

Becky Bond
CREDO

Simone Campbell, SSS
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Angela Canterbury
Council for a Livable World

Jeanne Dauray
Progressive Democrats of America

Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg
United for Peace and Justice

Michael Eisenscher
U.S. Labor Against the War

Jenefer Ellingston
DC Statehood Green Party

Hannah Frisch
Civilian Soldier Alliance

Anna Galland
MoveOn.org

Carol E Gay
NJ State Industrial Union Council

David Gibson
Peacehome Campaigns

Andy Griggs
Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace

William Hartung
Center for International Policy

Susan Henry-Crowe, M.Div., DD
The United Methodist Church- General Board of Church and Society

Matt Howard
Iraq Veterans Against the War

Rev. Linda Jaramillo
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

Kevin Kamps
Beyond Nuclear

Aura Kanegis
American Friends Service Committee

David Krieger
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Rabbi Michael Lerner
Tikkun Magazine’s Network of Spiritual Progressives

Paul Kawika Martin
Peace Action

Stephen Miles
Win Without War

Andrea Miller
Progressive Democrats of America

Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy

Jim O’Brien
Historians Against the War

Jon Rainwater
Peace Action West

Diane Randall
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Paula Rogovin
Teaneck Peace Vigil

Nathan Ruggles
Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center

Susan Shaer
Women’s Action for New Directions

Alice Slater
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, NY

Guy Stevens
PeacePAC

Paul Walker
Green Cross International

Jim Wallis
Sojourners

Rabbi Arthur Waskow
The Shalom Center

Jim Winkler
National Council of Churches, USA

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