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No War With Iran

At a time when the United States should be winding down our global military presence by deeply cutting Pentagon spending for a moral budget that works for all, starting a new war with Iran would be catastrophic.

"It should never be this easy for the White House to launch our country into war," writes Koshgarian. "But here we are." (Image: National Priorities Project)

We’re dangerously close to an all-out war with Iran — and it makes absolutely no sense.

President Trump is waffling on whether to take military action against Iran in reaction to the downing of a U.S. drone in the Gulf of Oman this week, an incident about which not all the facts are known.

This follows months of bellicose rhetoric by Trump’s war cabinet, which has been engaged in a cycle of escalation by imposing devastating economic sanctions and moving troops and ships toward Iran. Clearly, they’re grasping for any reason to keep escalating, even recycling the same unverified claims that were used to justify the Iraq invasion 16 years ago.

Any military strike by the United States could quickly lead to a situation where no one is able to stop a full-blown war, even if we don't want one.

And today, we need you to take action: Can you call the White House to demand no military retaliation, and contact your representative to demand they speak out NOW to say NO WAR WITH IRAN?

It should never be this easy for the White House to launch our country into war. But here we are.

We’re now 18 years into seemingly endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which have cost almost $6 trillion, killed at least 480,000 people already, and devastated entire communities for generations.

At a time when the United States should be winding down our global military presence by deeply cutting Pentagon spending for a moral budget that works for all, starting a new war with Iran would be catastrophic.

The best time for ordinary people to influence our government in moments like this is before the bombs start dropping.

That's why right now is the time to contact your representative and make it clear how badly we don’t want this war.

If we mobilize quickly, we just might avoid an even more morally disastrous military quagmire than the Iraq invasion — and make it possible to keep building the power we need to reverse our nation’s role in the world.

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Lindsay Koshgarian

Lindsay Koshgarian is Research Director at the National Priorities Project. 

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