Iraq War Drums — Again! Evergreene Digest and Rise Up Times

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  •  The United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.
  • Sign our petition. Tell President Obama and Congress: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Part 1: Obama Weighs ‘All Options’ for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums
  • Part 2: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure

Part 1: Obama Weighs ‘All Options’ for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums

  • Sen. McCain said Obama should “bring the team in who won the conflict in Iraq in to turn this situation around.”
  • Critical voices, however, warn that U.S. invasion is the root cause of the unfolding violence—not the solution.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | As the crisis in Iraq continues to escalate, with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) vowing to attack Iraqi Army forces head on by advancing on Baghdad, U.S. war hawks are pressuring President Obama to intervene militarily. Critical voices, however, warn that U.S. invasion is the root cause of the unfolding violence—not the solution.

Speaking at the White House on Thursday, President Obama said his military advisers are monitoring events in Iraq closely and that he and his team are “looking at all the options” in order to offer assistance to the Iraqi government. “I don’t rule out anything because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foot hold in either Iraq or Syria,” said Obama, portending a decision about the possibility of U.S. military involvement in the coming weeks, if not days.

Jon Queally: staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: No New U.S. War in Iraq!  

President Obama was right to say that the Iraqi government must be responsible for security in Iraq. President Obama should resist calls for direct U.S. military action in Iraq, including airstrikes. Members of Congress must insist that before any direct U.S. military action in Iraq, including airstrikes, there must be explicit Congressional authorization.

Just Foreign Policy 

June 13, 2014 |  Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain have called for direct U.S. military action in Iraq in the wake of the failure of the Iraqi Army to defend Mosul against Sunni insurgents.

But Senate Armed Services Chair Carl Levin has correctly called for caution. Levin said: “It’s unclear how air strikes on our part can succeed unless the Iraqi army is willing to fight, and that’s uncertain given the fact that several Iraqi army divisions have melted away.” As the New York Times has written, “The United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.”

Act now! Sign our petition at MoveOn telling President Obama and Congress NO to a new U.S. war in Iraq. http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/no-new-US-war-in-Iraq

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Full story … 

Related:

Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure

  • More than half a century of American-style war by the most powerful and potentially destructive military on the planet adds up to worse than nothing.
  • Part 1: Don’t Walk Away from War 
  • Part 2: Stop Here

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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