PEACE AND LOVE
Dear Dick Bennett,
When multiple reports came out detailing the level of intervention the United States had in the so-called Arab Spring revolutions, you would think it would come as a shock. It wasn't. It's increasingly clear just how far our country has waded into the affairs of others with a policy of intervention, war, and preemption. The United States has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of any other nation, just as no other nation has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of the United States,
You would also think these reports would spark a wave of outrage across DC and Congress. The United States was financing the political opposition in Syria at the same time that the Administration was pursuing a policy of engagement with the Syrian government! Yet, throughout the halls of Congress, it's virtually a non-issue.
I will not be silent as we wade into the affairs of others without clear principles or credibility. I will not be silent as we spend trillions of dollars on war, while we continue to fail on reforms at home -- job creation, universal health care, and clean energy.
But I need your help to stay in Congress and continue our movement in Washington. Can you donate $20 and help me get the resources we need to overcome redistricting and keep our voice in Congress?
If we don't have integrity in our dealings with other countries, there is no reason for anyone to believe anything the U.S. government will say. Reforms in Syria and other countries may be necessary but must come from within. Outside interference runs the risk of precipitating violence, inviting retaliation and even more violence.
The United States will continue to be on the wrong side of history when it continues to support anti-democratic regimes in the Arab world and support democratic movements only when they further our own interests. It seems our only solution to this self-created debacle is more money for arms and more money for war.
Our destructive and inconsistent foreign policy is contributing to war of all against all, and I will not back down until we change our foreign policy into a driver of peace not war. Please donate and help us continue this mission:
Thanks for all that you do,
PS - Thank you for helping us reach our important end-of-quarter fundraising goal. We surpassed it -- raising over $100,000. And, if you didn't catch it on TV, I was on the Daily Show last week. You can catch some laughs (and my ventriloquist act) by watching here.
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