US Troops are Heading to Georgia
An Action Alert from our affiliate Peace Action West
Tell Congress to Keep and Eye on the President
The headlines today report that president Bush is sending troops to Georgia on a humanitarian mission. This comes after days of heightened US/Russia tensions and continued conflict between Russia and Georgia, in spite of commitments to cease hostilities.
Our soldiers are being sent into a truly delicate situation. Please act now to tell your member of Congress to tell the president that the rhetoric of escalation with the Russians must stop. Congress must push the president to conduct the kind of smart diplomacy we need to calm the situation. We know far too well that it’s not enough to trust this administration to do the right thing.
Today the president is sending troops to Georgia. I support measures to address the humanitarian situation in Georgia. But I am concerned that the involvement of US troops, mixed with the Cold War bluster coming from both American and Russian politicians, poses risks of escalating and widening the conflict. This is a delicate situation that deserves the utmost care and engaged oversight from Congress.
Congress must push the president to conduct the kind of smart diplomacy we need to calm the situation, and avert military escalation with Russia. Members of Congress must be leaders in defining what effective diplomacy and alternatives to military action look like.
We know far too well that it’s not enough to trust this administration to do the right thing.