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SYRIA VOTE: Progressive Orgs slam House “rush to war,” making “Americans less safe”

By September 17, 2014 No Comments

Washington, DC — Following the news that the House voted in favor of the controversial McKeon amendment which would fund weapons and training for so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels, CREDO and Democracy for America (DFA) blasted the vote.

Statement from CREDO:

“It’s a sad commentary that Congress is in such a hurry to leave the Capitol that they disregarded the concerns of millions of Americans who oppose another disastrous war of choice in the Middle East.

“Congress’ rush to war means that we are now poised to dramatically increase the chances that the U.S. will make a terrible situation worse, not better. The White House and Congress are proposing to give powerful arms and training to fighters whose ultimate loyalties we cannot know.

“That these arms can be easily given to or captured by our enemies means this latest move dramatically increases the chances that the U.S. and its military will be more not less likely to be targeted by extremist attacks in the future.” — Becky Bond, Political Director, CREDO

Statement from Democracy for America’s Charles Chamberlain:

“Let’s be clear: The House’s vote today makes Americans less safe, by pushing us one step closer to providing weapons and training to so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels that we know very little about in the middle of complex, constantly-changing civil war.

“No matter whatever happens in the Senate tomorrow, critically important questions are being raised by the American people about the relentless rush to war that must be answered by Congressional debate over the authorization for the broader mission against ISIS.

“While some in Congress and the White House may have been able to use the election season to jam misguided funding for weapons and training through without real debate, the American people’s representatives can’t hide from a public discussion and debate on war forever.” — Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

CREDO and DFA are two national progressive groups that represent millions of activists who are deeply concerned about the U.S. rushing into yet another open-ended war in the Middle East.

4,000 CALLS TO CONGRESS: In just 24 hours, CREDO and DFA activists made thousands of calls to members of Congress urging them to vote “NO” on the McKeon amendment. The groups are now pivoting to the Senate which could vote as early as Thursday on the amendment.