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We Can’t Afford a War with Iran. Congress Can Prevent It.

By Alex Frandsen, September 16, 2019

Once again, the U.S. finds itself on the brink of another dangerous, unauthorized conflict in the Middle East.

After the strikes on the Saudi Arabian oil industry this past weekend, the administration was quick to point the finger at Iran as the culprit, with President Trump warning that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” for a military response.

This is a script we’ve seen before: In the face of a high-stakes international emergency, the executive branch is abandoning peaceful diplomacy and charting a course for war, with little regard for the wishes of Congress or the American public.

Now more than ever, we need Congress to reassert its authority to determine matters of war and peace. Fortunately, they have an opportunity right now to end two wars and prevent a new one from starting. As House and Senate negotiators finalize this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), we must insist that they include three crucial provisions designed to rein in endless war:

  • Prevent War with Iran: The Khanna-Gaetz amendment will prohibit funds for military action against Iran without explicit congressional authorization.
  • End U.S. Support for the War in Yemen: The Khanna-Smith-Schiff-Jayapal amendment will block U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
  • End the authorization for war with Iraq: The Lee amendment will repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

If we want to stop the cycle of endless war, the inclusion of these provisions in the final NDAA is a necessity. Your members of Congress can insist that this language remains in the final NDAA, but they need to hear from you. Contact your senators and representative and urge them to preserve these provisions to prevent war in the final NDAA.

Letter Bipartisan Group Urges Congress to Prevent War Through NDAA 

Progressive and conservative advocacy groups are united in calling on Congress to make ending and preventing war a top priority in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Alex Frandsen

  • Program Assistant, Communications

Alex Frandsen is the Program Assistant for Communications. Through close collaboration with the office’s various teams, he strives to highlight the impact made by FCNL and connect our messaging with the outside world.