Military Families Speak Out continues to demonstrate the futility of continuing our military presence in the Middle East. We know that there is no military solution to our problems in the Middle East and surrounding areas. We need to stop multiple deployments which hurt our troops and their families. We need to focus on caring for our troops, our military families and all the civilians who have suffered from these many wars.
We call for continued efforts for diplomacy and humanitarian aid. In addition, we know that xenophobic rhetoric & hate speech only exacerbates the situation and sends a false message that we are at war with Islam, which in turn only leads to more hatred from civilians in the Middle East who are mostly Muslim. It also gives ISIS the propaganda they need to continue attracting more anti-American recruits.
After 15 years of war, we stand ready to meet the challenges ahead with renewed vigor and hope that you will stand with us. We need help from every member if we are to end these wars once and for all. Please get involved today!
Ways to Get Involved
1. Join or rejoin MFSO, even if your loved one is no longer in the military.
2. Sign the PeacePledge. MFSO, as an organization, has endorsed United for Peace & Justice’s Peace Pledge. Any member can individually sign this Peace Pledge. Go to: http://peacepledge.unitedforpeace.org/
3. Be visible. Organize a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly vigil in your community. Be sure to encourage other organizations to co-sponsor.( We can help you find local allies)
4. Write letters to the editor of local newspapers or blogs-and send us a copy. We can then multiply its exposure by sending it to our larger allies like VFP, IVAW, UFPJ .
5. Plan special protests at the local offices of members of Congress that have voted or promote war. We can target representatives for you.. Co-sponsor with other groups.
6. Meet with members of Congress to share your concerns. Campaign to get a meeting with your congressional representatives; be sure to tell them that you’re a military family member.
7. If there is no chapter nearby, consider starting an MFSO chapter. You only need 3 people and we have a very good Chapter Building Kit we will send you. We will also help you get media coverage when you launch your chapter.
8. Give us a call at the MFSO office. We are very open to your ideas and have suggestions for other ways that we can use your help on a national level. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org; we have a Facebook page, (please post this), a website mfso.org with a blog ( post something), and during West Coast business hours you can reach us at 562-597-3980 or after hours at 562-833-8035.
President Obama is sending an additional 600 U.S. troops to Iraq to assist in the upcoming battle to drive the Islamic State from the city of Mosul. This brings the “official” number of U.S. troops to 5,000. But the Pentagon has repeatedly admitted to having over 6,000 troops in Iraq before this announcement. The Pentagon states that open-end deployments are not part of the official count.
The troops will be stationed close to the fight at Qayyarah West airfield. They will train, advise and assist teams for Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the task force, already has authority to place U.S. advisers with the attacking force at the battalion level, in other words, involved in direct combat.
The Pentagon also expects ISIS fighters to use chemical weapons to defend Mosul. Once again our military men and women will be put in harm’s way for a war that has no military solution. So why is military force our continued response? Again, there is no plan on what happens after Mosul is reclaimed. Who will govern and rebuild Mosul? How will the real grievances of the Iraqi people be addressed? Why do we keep repeating the same mistakes in Iraq?
We need to stop this endless cycle of military intervention. All U.S. troops should be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan. Our government should commit its money, time and efforts in support of dedicated diplomacy creating a solid foundation for a more stable Middle East.
Please add your name to UFPJ’s appeal to the President and demand that he immediately withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan and commit to regional diplomacy that begins to build a solid foundation for a nuclear and weapons-of-mass-destruction free Middle East.
The Department of Defense recently approved another $1.5 Billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. U.S. weapons are being used by the Saudis to indiscriminately kill civilians in Yemen and to destroy the country. The Saudis are notorious human rights violators, in their own country as well as in Yemen. We must not stand by and allow this sale to proceed. If we are silent, the world will continue to see the United States as being involved in another unjust war.
TAKE ACTION: Please sign a letter to Congress demanding a halt to this Saudi Weapons deal. The letter is already written for you but the form allows you to add your own words, if you prefer.
On July 6, 2016 President Obama announced his intention to maintain 8,400 troops on the ground and in harms way in Afghanistan.
That announcement was followed by news that the President had authorized an additional 500 troops for Iraq, bringing the total authorized US force in Iraq to over 4,600. There are reportedly hundreds, if not thousands, of further US troops in Iraq in Syria on ‘rotational’ deployments and non-disclosed missions.
Miiltary Families Speak Out [MFSO] opposes this continuation of ENDLESS WAR that has neither reduced incidences of terrorism throughout the world, nor made life safer for the people of Afghanistan or here at home. After nearly 15 years, it is time to end, not prolong, the war in Afghanistan. This has to stop.
Bring Home Our Troops, Take Care of Them When They Get Here!