Washington, D.C. — March 9, 2017: In response to reports that President Trump is sending an additional 400 U.S. troops to Syria, Jon Rainwater, executive director of the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement:
“President Trump’s literal doubling down on the U.S. troop presence in Syria risks fueling a cycle of escalation that could spiral out of control. ISIS has long been trying to bait the U.S. into sending more American forces into the fight, and Trump appears to be doing just that.
“With the intricate web of armed forces and conflicting interests and alliances in Syria, more American troops on the battlefield greatly increases the chance of further escalation. There have already been close calls with Russia, such as a recent Russian bombing of a location uncomfortably close to U.S. forces. A single miscalculation could spark a major conflict between two countries with thousands of nuclear weapons.”
Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts. The public may learn more and take action at http://www.Peace-Action.org.