Dear Representative Larsen

Friends,
We are asking individuals, organizations and congregations to sign on to this letter to Congressperson Rick Larsen. Simply add your name to the form below. If your have the permission of the organization you belong to, please include it. Our intention is to hand deliver this letter to Representative Larsen in our next FCNL Legislative Advocacy Team meeting.

Best,
Janet Marino
Whatcom Peace & Justice Center

*With great thanks to the author of the letter, Ginny Herrick.

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Dear Representative Larsen,

We, the undersigned, urge you to take a leadership role in creating sunset legislation for the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. As you noted in your September 2014 open letter to President Obama, the 2001 AUMF – passed after the September 11 Al-Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon – is badly outdated and has been exercised by successive administrations far beyond Congressional intent. Moreover, the use of military force is a blunt instrument that fouls America's international reputation and is less effective against terrorism than more peaceful policies.

The RAND Corporation's 2008 report, “How Terrorist Groups End,” studied 648 such groups that existed between 1968 and 2006. Their results are important for shaping U.S. strategies regarding Al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State. Most ended because either they joined the political process (43 percent) or local police and intelligence agencies arrested or killed leaders (40 percent). Only 7 percent ended as a result of military intervention.

“The use of substantial U.S. military power against terrorist groups also runs a significant risk of turning the local population against the government by killing civilians,” the report points out.

In the years of endless, fruitless war since 9/11, Americans have tested the limits of military force to combat terrorism. Sending U.S. troops to achieve ends better suited to local police and intelligence or to diplomacy, is a betrayal of our men and women in uniform. Corruption by military contractors and the difficulty of policing them shows that our military is fighting unwinnable wars under untenable circumstances.

We urge you, as a member of the Armed Services Committee, to propose the repeal of the 2001 AUMF with no more than a 12-month sunset, allowing time to create a comprehensive political strategy. Instead of calling on U.S. troops to sacrifice life and limb to the failed policies of warfare, we must have the courage to pivot to peace.

Signed,

Janet Marino
Virginia Herrick
Lynne Lohr
Gene Marx
Allen Stockbridge
Micki Jackson
Jamie K. Donaldson
James E. Hansen
Margaret L Kriger
Kerry Johnson
Carolyn DeSilva
Judith Green
Stephanie Trasoff
Lucinda Pfeiffer-Hoyt
Victoria Marx
Keith Fredrikson
Dan Hanks
Neah Monteiro
Junga Subedar
Edward Alexander
Linda Newton
Richard Newton
Terrye Rubens-Sheets
Kathleen Keegahn
George Keegahn
Patricia Rathbun
Mark F. Herrick
David Hopkinson
Katherine Finks
John Hatten
Wendy Courtmanche
Jeanine Hart-Horner
Stephanie Manzo
Mary Ann Percy
Joanne Cowan
Karen Steen
Nanette Macy
Judy Hopkinson
Lorina Hall
Patricia King
J. Kaye Faulkner
Kira Derhgawer
Sandra Gottschalk
Don Duffy, Jr.
Deborah Lee
Stan Parker
Alice Robb
James F. Cool
Hue Beattie
Jack Miller
Martina Boyd
Richard Brummett
Bill Distler
Michael J Jacobsen
Tara Reynolds
Cindy Pfeiffer-Hoyt
Mary Lee Robinson
Sara Todd
Sally Carlson
Sandra Blinn
Ronna Loerech
Richard Conoboy
Stephanie Trasoff
Karen Weill and Larry Hildes
John Chadwick
Peggy Gardner
Ray Engle
Peggy Stewart
Jim Stewart
Jim Stewart
Ellen Posel
Mary Lee Robinson
Irene R. Morgan
John Lee
Maureen Godwin
Lynda C. Stead
Dorothy Dale
Karen Price
Emily Griese

Organizations:
Whatcom Peace & Justice Center
Whatcom Civil Rights Project
Veterans for Peace Chapter 111
National Lawyers Guild/Bellingham, WA

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