Progressive Democrats of America National Director Conor Boylan said, "The United States has had large-scale military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan for over a decade. What is the result of all of this effort? The spreading of terrorism, the death of thousands of Americans, the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Afghanis, and others throughout the region; while leaving the Middle East unstable with millions of people in refugee camps, loss of trillions of dollars to the U.S. economy, no significant lasting contribution to civil society in this region and the potential for an endless cycle of war that could spread to other nations."
Boylan added, "The time has come for a comprehensive strategy to stop the endless war in the Middle East. PDA strongly opposes sacrificing more blood of men and women of the United States Armed Forces through a new war in the Middle East. We cannot continue to request life sacrifices of military personnel, aid workers, journalists, and others over battles that American ground troops should not have to fight, over resources that are not ours to control, and over disagreements that could be handled using diplomacy, economics, and politics, rather than bullets and bombs."
PDA Advisory Board Member Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) said, “I am troubled by the Administration’
PDA Advisory Board Member Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) said, “[W]e must be comprehensive in our strategy. National security experts have clearly stated that there is no military solution to ISIL. In order to ultimately degrade and dismantle ISIL, we must craft a robust regionally-led, political, economic and diplomatic strategy.”
PDA invites all Americans to join the PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA in calling for real and lasting solutions to this conflict and to OPPOSE A NEW AMERICAN GROUND WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. PDA asks all Americans to contact their member of Congress and ask them to cosponsor and vote for H.J. RES. 30.
Conor Boylan, Progressive Democrats of America