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Win Without War Statement on Escalation in Iraq and Syria

November 7, 2014

Stephen Miles, Advocacy Director

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Washington, DC- The Win Without War coalition released the following statement by Advocacy Director, Stephen Miles, in response to the announcement that the United States will deploy up to 1,500 additional military personnel to Iraq.

“Today’s announcement that yet more US troops are heading to Iraq means that we are back on the slippery slope of endless war. The President was right when he ended the US war in Iraq, removing all troops three years ago. His reversal of that decision comes despite a reality he himself has repeatedly acknowledged – there is no military solution to the problems of Iraq and Syria. Less than three years after the last American troops left Iraq, it appears we failed to learn the lessons of the past 13 years of war: that military might cannot solve every problem. Three thousand US troops can no more solve the Syrian civil war and Iraq’s sectarian divide than the past three months of bombing have.”


Win Without War is a coalition of national organizations with diverse constituencies originally founded in opposition to the Iraq War. The coalition remains active in opposition to the continued U.S. war in Afghanistan, the dangerous rush to war with Iran, and the underlying national security strategy on which these conflicts are based. We seek a fundamentally new approach to meet the national security challenges of the United States that is consistent with our nation’s highest values.

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