Win Without War-Activism
The Trump administration just took another giant step towards war with Iran by designating part of Iran’s military as a “terrorist organization.” This is the first time the U.S. has ever done something like this, and it’s a really, really bad sign.
But then things got worse. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to rule out attacking Iran under the 2001 AUMF — the authorization for the use of military force that has been used to justify endless global war around the world. 
And as scary as this all is, there’s also a ray of hope. Congress can make crystal clear to Trump’s war cabinet that it does not have the power to take the U.S. to war with Iran, and a bipartisan group of senators, led by Senator Tom Udall, just introduced a bill that puts a giant road block between Donald Trump and war with Iran. Right now, the bill is stalled, but if enough of us demand action, we can break the deadlock and help prevent a devastating war with Iran.
It’s hard to believe, but it gets even worse. Sec. Pompeo also tried to (falsely) claim (again) that Iran is working with Al Qaeda — an idea so unfounded in reality that the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s own report has a completely opposing analysis.
Yes that’s right: Team Trump is trying to make us believe that Iran is to blame for the horrors of 9/11 — to justify war — just like Team Bush did with Iraq.
Members of Congress see the writing on the wall — Senator Rand Paul directly told Sec. Pompeo “you do not have permission for war with Iran.”But we need to build a broad coalition in Congress that is willing to go toe to toe with the war hawks to stop them. And that’s where you come in.
Normally, a very senior U.S. official leaving the door open for another major war in the Middle East, using the same exact logic the George W. Bush administration used to sell the war in Iraq, would be major topic of conversation.
But in this Trump-era of scandal and personality driven politics, it’s up to us to raise the alarm and make sure everyone understands — and helps stop — this drum beat towards war.
As villages face devastating flooding across Iran, with economic sanctions limiting relief aid — let us do everything we can to stop a war from further harming the Iranian people.
Thank you for working for peace,
Ben, Stephen, Kate, and the Win Without War team