Advocacy Group Blasts Secretary of Defense Order of US Troops Back onto Slippery Slope in Iraq and Syria

Last Updated on October 27, 2015.

October 27, 2015

Stephen Miles, Advocacy Director, (504) 289-3594

Advocacy Group Blasts Secretary of Defense Order of US Troops Back onto Slippery Slope in Iraq and Syria

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“It is deeply disappointing that one week after a US soldier was killed in combat in Iraq – the first since 2011 – the Secretary of Defense has today promised the Senate Armed Services Committee more of the same,” said Stephen Miles, Advocacy Director for the Win Without War coalition.

“This back-to-the-future approach is a well-worn road to disaster. More than one year after America started bombing Iraq and Syria and nearly 13 years since the US unleashed chaos in the region by invading Iraq, we find ourselves no closer to peace and stability in the Middle East. Today’s announcement is merely another effort to bomb our way to peace in the Middle East. This insanity has to stop.”

“The Win Without War coalition has consistently advocated for an alternative approach to America’s militarized foreign policy in the Middle East. If bombing Iraq and Syria was going to bring peace and stability, they would be the most peaceful countries on earth by now. Rather than waging war, the Win Without War coalition urges America to pursue peace instead. The recent announcement of renewed diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict in Syria represent a very real opening to take an important step in that direction.”

“Rather than deepening our military involvement in a war that cannot be won on the battlefield, America should vigorously lead renewed efforts at diplomacy.”

“America needs to stop sliding deeper into the war in Iraq and Syria and dramatically shift its focus to building peace instead.”


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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October 27, 2015