Coalition of 25 Organizations Lead Effort to Defeat Kyl-Lieberman War Amendment

Washington DC – A coalition of 25 organizations have been leading a charge to defeat the Lieberman-Kyl amendment. Several Senators believe that the amendment will bring the US one decisive step closer to war with Iran. The text of a letter circulated to all Senate offices yesterday is attached. Though the effort failed to defeat the amendment, it managed to ensure that the most dangerous aspects of the amendment – Section 3 and 4 – were eliminated.

September 25, 2007

Dear Senator,

We are writing to urge you to vote "No" on the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment No. 3017 to the Fiscal year 2008 Defense Authorization bill. The Kyl-Lieberman amendment is a provocative measure that will only undermine efforts to resolve tensions with Iran through diplomacy.

Provocative measures such as the Kyl-Lieberman amendment can lead to a tit-for-tat escalation resulting in military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran. There are no good military options for solving our disagreements with Iran. By further destabilizing the Middle East, a military confrontation with Iran would result in disastrous and unintended consequences damaging to the interests of U.S., Israel, and indeed the entire world. If we have learned nothing else from Iraq, it is that there are limitations to the use of military force.

We strongly caution against any legislation that increases the chances of military force being used against Iran. The current crises must be resolved through diplomacy, not military action. A military confrontation with Iran would have disastrous consequences for security throughout the region and put U.S. forces in Iraq in far greater danger.

We urge all Senators to vote "No" on the Kyl-Lieberman amendment No. 3017 to the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization bill.

Signed,

Former Congressman Tom Andrews

National Director

Win Without War

Medea Benjamin

Founding Director

Global Exchange

John Burroughs

Executive Director

Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy

Jacqueline Cabasso

Executive Director

Western States Legal Foundation

Will Callaway

Legislative Director

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Simone Campbell

Executive Director

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Tim Carpenter

Director

Progressive Democrats of America

Michael Eisenscher

National Coordinator

U.S. Labor Against the War

Adam G. Gerhardstein

Legislative Assistant for International Issues

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Morton H. Halperin

Executive Director

Open Society Policy Center

Amy Isaacs

Executive Director

Americans for Democratic Action

John Isaacs

Executive Director

Council for a Livable World

(Rev.) James Kofski, M.M.

Associate, Asia/Pacific and Middle East Issues

Maryknoll Global Concerns

Washington, D.C.

Lynn Kunkle

Policy Director

3D Security Initiative

Rabbi Michael Lerner,

Editor, Tikkun Magazine

Chair, The Network of Spiritual Progressives

Kevin Martin

Executive Director

Peace Action

Tom Mattzie

Washington Director

Moveon.org

Mary Ellen McNish

General Secretary

American Friends Service Committee

Gael Murphy

Co-founder

CODEPINK:Women for Peace

Robert Naiman

National Coordinator

Just Foreign Policy

Trita Parsi

President

National Iranian American Council

Marie Rietmann

Public Policy Director

Women's Action for New Directions

Sue Udry

Legislative Coordinator

United for Peace and Justice

Joe Volk

Executive Secretary

Friends Committee on National Legislation

James E. Winkler, General Secretary

General Board of Church and Society

United Methodist Church

About Author

Trita ParsiTrita ParsiDr. Trita Parsi is the founder of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an award-wining author of two books, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US (Yale University Press, 2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012). Treacherous Alliance won the Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008 (Silver medallion). A Single Roll of the Dice was selected as The Best Book on The Middle East in 2012 by Foreign Affairs. Parsi currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He tweets at @tparsi.
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