A group of retired military officers, including ASP CEO BGen Stephen Cheney, penned a letter urging Congress to pass legislation to block a declaration of war with Iran without congressional approval, citing a full-scale military conflict with Iran would be a costly undertaking.
The letter states,
“It’s a lesson we’ve learned before as a nation, at great cost. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us a lot in blood and treasure. We know that war with Iran would require hundreds of thousands of American service members to deploy and could result in even larger numbers of American casualties and injuries – alongside an unknown number of civilian deaths.”
The letter continues,
“The idea that we would enter yet another war in the Middle East without a clear national security interest, defined mission, and withdrawal strategy is unacceptable to America’s veterans and our allies across the political spectrum.”
The letter endorses provisions in the House version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, that would bar “unauthorized” military force in or again Iran.
Other signatories of the letter include Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who worked for Colin Powell; Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who led the official military probe into prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq; retired Brig. Gen. Lief Hendrickson; Rear Adm. Mike Mathis; Lt. Gen. Charles Otstott; Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock; Maj. Gen. Eric Olson; and Capt. Gale Pollock.
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