To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Syria: Ceasefire. Negotiations. Talk to Iran.

President Obama and Congress should support a ceasefire and negotiations to end Syria's civil war. President Obama should engage in diplomacy with Iran to help bring about a ceasefire and negotiations.

Why is this important?

The failure of efforts to secure a Congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria creates an unprecedented opportunity to reform U.S. policy in the Middle East. War proponents hoped to establish a precedent for a U.S. military strike on Iran, but the opposite precedent has been established instead: a war with Iran can be stopped by public opinion and Congressional resistance. The Obama Administration should use this moment to engage the government of Iran in efforts to establish a ceasefire in Syria and negotiations to end Syria's civil war.