Progressives Oppose U.S. Military Action In Syria

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly three-quarters of MoveOn members are opposed to Congress authorizing the use of military force in Syria. The liberal organization is urging its eight million members to contact their Congressional representatives to persuade them to “vote no” on the use of military force in Syria.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee sent a memo to Democratic representatives and senators, showing them the results of a survey that showed members opposed U.S. military action in Syria by a 73% to 18% margin. The organization’s million members are expected to make “thousands” of calls to members of Congress and participate in local events.

CREDO Mobile, a wireless phone company that uses revenue to support progressive causes, delivered a petition with more than 175,000 signatures urging Congress to vote against authorizing the use of U.S. military force in Syria.

Progressive senators, including Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Tom Udall (D-NM), and representatives, including Rush Holt (D-NJ), Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Jose Serrano (D-NY) have come out against use of military force in Syria.

In all, the Washington Post estimated that 15 senators were firmly against military action and 10 more were leaning that way, while 104 representatives were against military action and 116 more leaned that way.

Yet conservative group Young Americans for Liberty can’t seem to find evidence of this opposition from what it calls “the anti-war Left.”

“What’s really disappointing is the lack of principled resistance to this new intervention from the ‘anti-war’ Left,” Bonnie Kristian YAL Communications Consultant said. “When President Bush was in office, we saw constant anti-war protests from the Left. Where are they now that President Obama is continuing — and expanding — all the same policies?”

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