To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate
Congress: Back Welch-Jones-Mulvaney-Conyers Against Syria Manpads
President Obama and Congress should resist pressure for deeper U.S. military involvement in Syria's sectarian civil war. Members of Congress should sign the Welch-Jones-Mulvaney-Conyers letter to President Obama urging him to stand firm in his opposition to supplying Syrian insurgents with manpads.
Why is this important?
President Obama is under pressure to deepen U.S. military involvement in Syria's sectarian civil war. But as President Obama recently said, “Why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we’ve just gone through a decade of war at enormous cost to our troops and to our budget?”
In particular, President Obama is under pressure to approve the transfer of "manpads," or shoulder-fired anti-aircraft weapons, to Syrian insurgents. Transfer of these weapons to Syrian insurgents, who are fighting alongside groups affiliated with Al Qaeda, would increase the risk of terrorist attacks against civilian aircraft throughout the region, including in Israel. U.S. transfer of these weapons to Syrian insurgents would also violate international law, and undermine international agreements against the proliferation of these weapons that were initiated by the United States.
Urge President Obama and Congress to resist pressure for deeper U.S. military involvement in Syria's sectarian civil war by signing our petition.