Friends Committee on National Legislation sent the following letter to the Senate asking Senators to oppose S. Res. 380. FCNL also sent an identical letter to the House, asking Representatives to oppose the House companion bill H. Res. 568.
- S. Res. 380 sets a dangerously low threshold for war. By specifically ruling out containment as an option for "an Iran with nuclear weapons capability", the resolution establishes a new "red line" that some would argue has already been crossed. The resolution could be interpreted as endorsement of military force against Iran now.
- All diplomatic options need to be on the table. S. Res. 380 undermines diplomacy when it is needed most. As tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalate, Congress should be supporting the vigorous pursuit of all diplomatic options available to resolve the crisis and avert a war. Instead, S. Res. 380 puts U.S. negotiators under intense political pressure, undercutting their ability to reach a diplomatic solution, which heightens the potential war.
- Direct, sustained diplomacy remains the single most effective way to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and avert war. According to U.S. and Israeli intelligence, Iran has not yet decided to develop nuclear weapons. A diplomatic resolution of the crisis that would prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and avert another costly war is still possible - if it is pursued vigorously. Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, called for the United States to utilize "any channel that's open" for engagement with Iran, noting, "Even in the darkest days of the Cold War, we had links to the Soviet Union."
Diane Randall, Executive Secretary
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Robin Aura Kanegis, Director, Office of Public Policy and Advocacy
American Friends Service Committee
Rev. Dr. Ken Brooker Langston, Executive Director
Russell Testa, Director
Holy Name Province Franciscan (OFM) JPIC Office
Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, Director
Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Director, Office of Public Witness
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Sandra Sorensen, Director of Washington Office
United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries
James E. Winkler, General Secretary
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society