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  •  I'm not waiting for that even. And I hope you (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, CroneWit, Betty Pinson

    don't mind my stealing some of your diary for a letter to Congress.  I've already emailed the following to 8 senators and 6 representatives (it's good to have family in different states!):

    It was good news when President Obama said he would seek authorization from Congress before attacking Syria.  We encourage you to oppose such a strike.  Our personal opinion is that, at the very least, any military action by the President should both have Congressional approval and follow the Powell Doctrine.

        The Powell Doctrine states that a list of questions all have to be answered affirmatively before military action is taken by the United States:

        1) Is a vital national security interest threatened?
        2) Do we have a clear attainable objective?
        3) Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed?
        4) Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted?
        5) Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement?
        6) Have the consequences of our action been fully considered?
        7) Is the action supported by the American people?
        8) Do we have genuine broad international support?

    It is our view that the requirements of the Powell Doctrine have not been met.  In particular, questions #2,#3,#5, and #6 must be answered in the affirmative, with reasonable specific proofs provided to the American people and to Congress of why the answer is yes.  Before military action is contemplated it is crucial that all these points be critically considered without regard to politics or partisanship.  In general we are strong supporters of President Obama, but on this issue we feel he is headed in the wrong direction.

    Please take a strong stance AGAINST military action against Syria.  There are still other more peaceful options to be tried.

    Many thanks for your interest in our views. We look forward to your response.

    I also think your ideas are a good way to proceed, but I think it would be helpful if we had a list of other possible actions to promote.  I read a diary the other day with some suggestions; I'll see if I can find it again.

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