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Vote today: Stop the rush to another disastrous war in the Middle East

The Senate is poised to vote today on authorizing President Obama to arm and train so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels -- the first step in rubber-stamping the president's plan to launch another costly war of choice in the Middle East. Call your senator, Tom Harkin, and tell him to stop the rush to war.

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Dear 5849376,

President Obama has announced that the U.S. intends to lead what recent history has shown will be a costly and doomed effort by launching even more airstrikes in Iraq, putting more U.S. boots on the ground, and expanding U.S. intervention across the Iraq border into Syria.1

Yesterday, the House voted to attach to a must-pass spending bill an amendment authorizing one of the more dangerous pieces of the president's plan: Arming and training so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels.2 Call your senator and tell him to oppose the amendment.

Call Senator Tom Harkin: Oppose authorizing President Obama to arm and train so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels. Doing so will only make a bad situation worse. Click here for a sample script and the number to call.

According to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, so-called "moderate rebels" in Syria agreed to a ceasefire with ISIS and pledged to jointly oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.3 What's more, Steven Sotloff, one of the American journalists beheaded by ISIS, was reportedly sold to ISIS by moderate rebels in Syria, according to Sotloff's family.4

Obama administration officials have launched a full-court press to make the case for war -- including President Obama and Vice President Biden personally lobbying members of Congress. We need to make sure our elected officials on Capitol Hill hear from us, too, and know that constituents back home don't want to see the United States rush into another war of choice in the Middle East.

When it comes to the current brutal conflict, rooted in centuries of religious hostilities in Iraq and Syria, there is no solution that American leadership can offer. It's a total mess, and anyone who says otherwise is simply wrong.

The sad and simple truth is that the United States cannot lead any intervention without making a terrible situation even worse. And at this point in the conflict there is no viable campaign for peace and stability initiated by any other international or regional actor that the U.S. can join in support.

If you agree with CREDO that U.S. bombing in Iraq and Syria and arming the Syrian rebels will only make the situation in the Middle East worse not better, we need you to call your senator today.

Call Senator Tom Harkin: Stop the rush to war. Click here for a sample script and the number to call.

There is no urgency driving an American response at this moment in history.

There is no immediate crisis as there was in August, when CREDO supported the emergency U.S. air strikes that blocked the genocidal ISIS and helped protect minorities by holding the Kurdish defense line in Northern Iraq.5 Since then, the situation in Iraq has stabilized, and Iraq has formed a new government, replacing the corrupt and divisive former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The civil war in Syria is stuck in a bloody stalemate. The current media frenzy that has been ginned-up largely by chickenhawks from the Bush administration and parroted by politicians from both parties is not an adequate justification for the United States to continue its intervention in either conflict.

It was just a year ago that the American people resoundingly rejected war with Syria. We have to speak out against this rush to war before we reach the point of no return.

Call Senator Tom Harkin: Stop the rush to war. Click here for a sample script and the number to call.

Thank you for taking action.

Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. "The brutal truth about the ISIS, Syria and U.S. intervention," CREDO Action
2. John Bresnahan and Lauren French, "House backs Obama's Syria plan, Politico, September 17, 2014
3. Rebecca Shabad, "Report: ISIS, Syrian rebels reach ceasefire," The Hill, September 13, 2014
4. Ed Mazza, "Steven Sotloff Was Sold To ISIS By 'Moderate' Rebels, Family Spokesman Tells CNN," Huffington Post, September 9, 2014
5. Michael Kieschnick, president of CREDO Mobile, "President Obama Is Right to Block the Genocidal ISIS and Hold the Kurdish Defense Line," Huffington Post, August 8, 2014

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