The Win Without War coalition remains deeply opposed to a U.S. military intervention that places our men and women in uniform in harms way in Iraq. We must not become a Kurdish air force in a sectarian civil war.
Like all Americans, we support the President’s decision to provide relief and humanitarian aid to the tens of thousands of innocent people trapped by this deadly conflict. But as the President has said himself, there is no military solution to the ongoing crisis in Iraq.
If American personnel in Irbil, or elsewhere in Iraq, are in harms way, they should be immediately evacuated to a safe location. Their safety cannot be guaranteed with a few airstrikes in the midst of a civil war.
Nowhere is the law of unintended consequences more clearly on display than Iraq. Today’s crisis has its origins in the disastrous decision of the Bush Administration to launch of an illegal war of choice in 2003. Today, as we continue to live with the consequences of those mistakes, we must recognize the hard reality that a lasting and sustainable peace in Iraq can only ultimately be achieved with an Iraq-led political solution.
As history has shown, it is impossible to bomb your way to peace.