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"Congresswoman Barbara Lee has proposed an alternative to President Obama's request for Authorization for Use of Military Force. Her 'peace bill' would put an end to America's endless wars in the Middle East. Vote no on President Obama's request for a new blank check for war, and pass Rep. Barbara Lee's bill instead."

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Dear 5849376,

In 2001, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, only one member of Congress stood up and opposed giving George W. Bush and Dick Cheney a blank check for war. That member of Congress was Rep. Barbara Lee.

After over a decade of endless war that has cost thousands of lives and over $4 trillion dollars, President Obama has finally come to Congress to obtain a new Authorization for Use of Military Force.1 But instead of repealing the 2001 AUMF and setting strict limits on the use of ground troops, he's asking for yet another blank check for war.

Fortunately, Rep. Barbara Lee has proposed a progressive alternative. Her peace bill would repeal the sweepingly broad 2001 AUMF and the 2002 Iraq War Resolution – the resolutions that President Obama claims given him authority to bomb the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Lee's peace bill would also prohibit funding ground troops to fight ISIS and give the president 90 days to submit to Congress a comprehensive diplomatic, political, economic, and regionally led strategy for dealing with ISIS.2

Tell Congress: Vote no on President Obama's blank check for war. Pass Rep. Barbara Lee's peace bill instead. Click here to sign the petition.

President Obama's AUMF is deeply flawed. It doesn't ban the use of ground troops but instead addresses boots on the ground with a carefully worded ban on "enduring offensive ground operations." It also doesn't geographically limit the scope of the war against ISIS, and authorizes the president to target groups and individuals "associated" with ISIS – in other words, the president would be able to wage war against anyone, anywhere, without meaningful restrictions.

Furthermore, the proposed AUMF doesn't repeal President Bush's 2001 AUMF which was passed years before ISIS even existed. It's so broad it's what President Obama is now using to justify U.S. bombing of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Unless a new Authorization for Use of Military Force repeals or updates the 2001 AUMF, it doesn't really matter what limitations are written into the new authorization because the 2001 law will still be interpreted as a blank check to wage war against ISIS in whatever way the president deems necessary – including the massive deployment of ground troops in Iraq or Syria.

Tell Congress: Vote no on President Obama's blank check for war. Pass Rep. Barbara Lee's peace bill instead. Click here to sign the petition.

ISIS is a brutal terrorist organization that wants to take the planet back to the Stone Age. But the sad and simple truth is that the United States cannot lead any intervention without making a terrible situation even worse. Given America's history of waging wars of aggression and covert operations in the region, we are in no position to lead the way in resolving the current conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

That's why once again I'm joining the chorus of anti-war Americans to say Barbara Lee speaks for me. Instead of supporting the president's request for a blank check for war, we agree with Rep. Lee that the best thing the U.S. can do is use a whole range of diplomatic, political and economic tools to stem the flow of weapons and foreign fighters to ISIS, and support regional leadership opposed to the groups.

Tell Congress: Vote no on President Obama's blank check for war. Pass Rep. Barbara Lee's peace bill instead. Click here to sign the petition.

Thank you for taking action.

Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. Ernesto LondoƱo, "Study: Iraq, Afghan war costs to top $4 trillion" Washington Post, March 28, 2013
2. Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "Amid Debate on ISIS War Bill, a Democrat Proposes Peace," New York Times, February 10, 2015

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