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Why Alan Grayson Deserves Your Support TODAY

Well, first, before we say anything else, we want to say "thanks" – just for reading this. We're going to go out on a limb, and guess that this may not be the only campaign fundraising pitch that you may have seen during the last few days. So thank you for taking a little time out of your day, and reading what we have to say.

Not all fundraising pitches are created equal. Here are three reasons why Congressman Alan Grayson's campaign deserves your support – three reasons that you probably won't be hearing from any other officeholder or candidate:

1. Alan Grayson gets things done.
2. Alan Grayson gets good things done.
3. Alan Grayson involves all of us.

If you have read these e-mails before, you may already know that Slate magazine named Alan Grayson "the Most-Effective Member of Congress." Why? Because Alan has passed more amendments than any other Member of the House – 13 on the Floor of the House, and 33 in his committees. Some of them have already been approved by the Senate, and signed by the President – they are now law. And Alan accomplished that even though he is a Democrat, and the House is controlled by Republicans.

And these are real, important amendments – not renaming post offices, or establishing commissions, or requiring reports to Congress. Among other things, Alan Grayson's amendments prohibit seven different federal agencies from awarding contracts to contractors who have been indicted or convicted of serious crimes. One of Alan's amendments prohibits torture by the U.S. military. Another one prohibits racial profiling by the Department of Homeland Security. Another one forbids the use of weaponized drones in the United States. Yet another increased the budget for bilingual housing counseling by 50%.

And outside of Congress, time after time this year, Alan Grayson has organized, organized, organized. Alan personally delivered to House Speaker Boehner's office three million petition signatures against cutting Social Security COLAs ("No-Cuts.com"). Alan mobilized 100,000 public supporters against military intervention in Syria ("DontAttackSyria.com"). Alan has been an outspoken opponent of NSA's domestic spying. Alan has already galvanized tens of thousands of supporters against more "free trade" giveaways ("TradeTreachery.com"). Then Alan Grayson has squared the circle by having our supporters, our activists, make their opinions clear to Members of Congress and the Administration. Alan Grayson has been building a new progressive movement.

Who else in public life is doing things like this? Answer: no one. No one but Alan Grayson.

So if you have received other campaign solicitations lately, ask yourself: "What has this party/official/candidate actually accomplished?" Think about the answer. And then contribute to Alan Grayson's campaign.

And why “TODAY”? Because it’s the end of the fundraising quarter, and we need to show the corporations, the military industrial complex, and the Tea Party Republicans that Alan Grayson isn’t going anywhere. He’s going to stay in Congress – and continue fighting for us.

Oliver Stone: Alan Grayson is a Warrior for Peace

In 1967-1968 I went to Vietnam as a combat infantryman. I wanted to go, I volunteered, and I saw a good deal of action. I didn't understand exactly what I was fighting for. Certainly it took me years to understand. Now I do.

I support Congressman Alan Grayson because he supports peace -- and I'm asking for you to support him.

I thought we had woken up from the nightmare of war, but we didn't. And we kept going back to wars in my lifetime. The Cold War became the War against Terrorism, and it continues. Two wars in Iraq, one in Afghanistan.

The world is becoming more and more militarized. We need clarity. Congressman Grayson speaks out for the people who are trying to analyze and see through this morass. And he is a strong voice, he doesn't back down, he doesn't change his tune. He says it no matter what pressure is brought to bear on him; he sticks to his points, and his guns.

Join our movement for peace by contributing $35 to Rep. Alan Grayson’s re-election campaign by tonight's critical deadline.

He's the kind of guy I like, because he's not just a warrior, but a warrior for peace.

Courage,

Oliver Stone

"Support Alan Grayson: He Shares My Love For Peace."

It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in – particularly when you are the only one. That's exactly what Congresswoman Barbara Lee did in 2001, when she was the only Member of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force. Congresswoman Lee called it a "vote of conscience" - and during the war in Iraq, her conscience was clear.

Now, Congresswoman Lee is no longer alone. She has a friend and an ally in Congress, and his name is Alan Grayson. As Congresswoman Lee puts it, "In Alan Grayson, I see another Member of Congress who shares my love for peace."

Last month, Congressman Grayson and Congresswoman Lee worked together to prevent another war in the Middle East. They fought side-by-side to take control of our foreign policy away from the military-industrial complex, and return it to "We, the People."

As we approach a crucial fundraising deadline on Monday, Congresswoman Lee wanted to share an important message with you: "Support Congressman Grayson's campaign for justice, equality and peace."

Please take a minute to watch Congresswoman Lee's video, and click on any link to make a contribution before the end of the quarter.

Join our Peace Party, by contributing $25 or more to Rep. Alan Grayson's re-election campaign today.


Dear friend,

I'm Congresswoman Barbara Lee. I was the only Member of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force, and I founded the Out-of-Iraq Caucus in Congress. I'm asking you today to support Congressman Alan Grayson.

In Alan Grayson, I see another Member of Congress who shares my love for peace. We have worked hand-in-hand to try to prevent another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East. We have labored arm-in-arm to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have fought side-by-side to take control of American foreign policy away from the military-industrial complex, and return it to "We, the People."

Alan Grayson is an articulate, plain-spoken and eloquent champion for peace. From the time that Alan Grayson entered Congress, he and I have worked together to realize John Lennon's dream, imagining all the people of the world, living life in peace. Please join us in that dream, and contribute to Alan Grayson's campaign right now – a campaign for justice, equality and peace.

Sincerely,

Rep. Barbara Lee

"Imagine all the People,
Living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer.
But I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
And the world will be as one."

John Lennon, "Imagine" (1971).

Support Alan Grayson, Our Leader Against War

Monday is the end of the fundraising quarter. It is crucial. The candidates who have failed to raise enough money during this quarter will immediately have targets on their backs. The fallout? A barrage of attack ads from the likes of the Koch Brothers, the sewer-money-drenched special interests and the military-industrial complex.

Let’s show all of them that our Champion for Peace, Congressman Alan Grayson, has an entire party behind him… a Peace Party. Please give to our campaign by Monday and let Congressman Grayson know that he can count on your support, not just for his courageous stand on Syria, but for all his years of promoting peace.

As the fundraising deadline approaches, Team Grayson wants to share another excellent video from our archives. It comes from award-winning actor and peace activist Martin Sheen. As he so eloquently puts it, “Peace is a family value.” Please take a minute to read Sheen’s passionate message, watch the video if you like, and click on any link to make a contribution before the end of the quarter to show your support for Congressman Alan Grayson.


Dear friend,

I’m Martin Sheen.

Congressman Alan Grayson has demonstrated the personal courage and leadership to speak out against war. We need that kind of courage in the people whom we select.

So please, join me in supporting Congressman Alan Grayson’s re-election at CongressmanWithGuts.com.

Because non-violence and peace are family values.

Peace,

Martin Sheen

Join our movement for peace by contributing $35 to Rep. Alan Grayson’s re-election campaign by the September 30th deadline.

The Shutdown: Never in Bin Laden’s Wildest Dreams

“Nothing man has ever done to man in the horrible caprice of power and cruelty, exceeds his self-inflicted punishment.” Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge

America is the strongest nation on Earth, the strongest nation that the world has ever seen. America is so strong that the worst things that ever happen to us are the things that we do to ourselves.

Or the things that the Teahadist D.C. Republicans do to all of us. They want to cut our noses, to spite their faces. They want to shut down our government.

And why are the Tea Party Republicans so desperate to burden the body politic of America with this self-inflicted wound? Just to “de-fund” Obamacare, and make sure that 50 million Americans cannot see a doctor when they are sick.

These are some of the points that Alan Grayson made on national TV a few weeks ago, discussing the possible shutdown of the U.S. Government, by the U.S. Government. Listen up:

Cenk Uygur: Congressman Grayson, you know, policy-wise, I’m sure you don’t want the government to shut down. It has a lot of consequences. People might not be paid their Social Security, you might not be able to pay the FBI, et cetera, et cetera. On the other hand, politically, God, wouldn’t the Republicans be doing you guys an enormous favor?

Congressman Alan Grayson: Yes, they would. And I think that it would be the end of the Republican Party as we know it. But let’s talk a little bit about how we’ve come to this point. What Obamacare actually does is that it extends health insurance coverage to 50 million Americans who didn’t have it before now. And in addition to that, it makes health coverage affordable by very simple things like letting buyers pool their buying power through these exchanges, and coming up with transparent form contracts for insurance, so that you can get all the coverage you think you’re getting, without becoming a master of the fine print. Simple things like that. And are so far against letting poor, sick people see a doctor, that the Republican Party, many in the Republican Party, are willing to shut down the American government in order to prevent that from happening. They are so incessantly bent on seeing to it that there’s no healthcare for 50 million Americans that they willing to go that far to do it. That’s crazy. That is absolutely crazy. You know, Barney Frank used to have a bumper sticker that he circulated inside the Caucus saying, “Democrats may not be perfect, but Republicans, they’re crazy.” And that really is crazy. Osama Bin Laden, in his wildest dreams, never could have dreamed of shutting down the American government, and here the Republican Party is going to do it for him. For his ghost. And for the sake of what? To make absolutely certain that sick people can’t see a doctor? It's crazy.

Quick quiz:

Is shutting down the Government in order to deny sick people the care that they need to stay alive:
(a) Cruel,
(b) Sadistic,
(c) Savage,
(d) Brutal,
(e) Vicious,
(f) Inhuman,
(g) Barbarous,
(h) Malevolent,
(i) Despicable,
(j) Heartless,
(k) Monstrous,
(l) Business As Usual for the GOP, or
(m) All of the Above.

Click here to see the video, and support the Grayson campaign for justice, equality and peace.

Peace, and Eric Clapton

On issues of war and peace, it looks like there's going to be this whole new thing from now on, called "democracy." Remarkably, we seem to have seized this authority away from the Permanent Foreign Policy Establishment, and the Military-Industrial Complex. It's hard to believe, but going forward, "We, The People" may have a chance to weigh in on war and peace – at least through our elected representatives in Congress. Which makes it very important that those representatives are pro-peace.

Here's a funny thing: before someone actually is elected to Congress or the White House, he or she never actually has to make a decision on whether to go to war. The most experienced state representative, county commissioner, school board member, lawyer, businessman, doctor or even general never has to make that call. So it's a conundrum: how do you know whether a candidate for Congress will be pro-peace, when they've never had to vote on it?

All we've got to go on is what they say. But sometimes, that's enough.

There will be a special election soon in Massachusetts to replace Rep. Ed Markey, who has taken a seat in the U.S. Senate. There are seven candidates. During the recent debate over U.S. military intervention in Syria, six of those candidates decided that the safe thing was to avoid taking any position on the issue, apparently concluding that the shortest route to immense popularity is to stand for nothing. (This "logic" is all-too-common in public life, unfortunately.)

There was one exception: State Rep. Carl Sciortino. Carl Sciortino held a news conference, with me, to announce his opposition to U.S. military intervention in Syria. That news conference received very wide coverage, including a prominent story in the Boston Globe.

Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves. In Carl's case, that sleeve is embroidered with a peace sign.

Here's another funny thing: after Carl Sciortino held that news conference, the other candidates in the race announced that they, too, were against U.S. military intervention in Syria. Maybe they did that to try to demonstrate that they are right on the issue. But what they actually demonstrated is that Carl Sciortino is a leader – a leader on war and peace.

I hope that that is enough to motivate you to support Carl Sciortino's campaign. But in case it is not, there is something more: a chance to receive the custom plaque for Eric Clapton's diamond album, "Unplugged." Here is Blue America's Howie Klein, explaining how that works:

"Contribute any amount – no amount is too small – to Carl's campaign here and you will become eligible to win. You probably know what a gold record is – an award for 500,000 RIAA-certified sales in the U.S. For a platinum award, the number is a million. In recent years, the music industry created a new category: diamond, to mark 10,000,000 in domestic sales. Eric Clapton's ‘Unplugged' album was one of the first – and only – albums to achieve that status. What we're giving away is one of the original award plaques for 10,000,000 sales of ‘Unplugged,' which was made for the President of Eric Clapton's record company, who is a big fan not just of Eric Clapton, but also of Carl Sciortino. This stunning 30" x 30" custom plaque isn't something you can buy in a store, no matter how much money you have. Only a handful were ever made, and they were never sold."

So that's the deal. I'm asking you to contribute to Carl Sciortino's campaign because he is a champion for peace. Or because you like Eric Clapton. Or both.

Will you help?

Peace,

Alan Grayson

How We Stopped a War - For Now

After three frenetic weeks, during which time Team Grayson was burning the midnight oil every night, it's time to take stock of what we've accomplished.

Here were the headlines in late August, just before we started our campaign against U.S. military intervention in Syria.

"Syria crisis: UK and US finalise plans for military strikes" - The Guardian, August 27.
"Syria strike due in days, West tells opposition - sources" - Reuters, August 27.
"Strike Against Syria is Imminent" - Reuters, August 27.
"Obama Will Bomb Syria" - Politico, August 26.
"U.S. military ‘ready’ to attack Syria, Hagel says" - CBS News, August 27.

And here are the headlines, now:

"Obama to explore diplomatic route on Syria," - Reuters, September 10.
"U.S. to Work Through U.N. on Syria Arms Proposal"The New York Times, September 10.
"Obama Agrees To U.N. Discussion Of Putting Syria Chemical Weapons Under International Control" - Associated Press, September 10.
"Syria Will Sign Chemical Weapons Convention, Declare Arsenal, Foreign Ministry Says" - Reuters, September 10.

Let's go behind the headlines, to the numbers in Congress. Bloomberg News just came out with its own count of how every single member of the U.S. House and Senate would vote on war with Syria. In the U.S. Senate, which is institutionally designed to favor war and bailouts, the war vote is losing 34-22. That's shocking - the Senate is voting for peace!? In the U.S. House of Representatives, it's even better. House members oppose war by a 10-to-one margin. The Washington Post has it at 26 in favor, 251 against.

In other words, we are winning. Peace is winning.

How did this miracle happen?

To answer that question, look in the mirror.

You did this. Your calls and e-mails. Your pressure. The military industrial complex, the neoconservatives like Dick Cheney, the foreign policy corporate-funded think tanks in D.C., the warmongers at the State Department - they wanted war, but you wouldn't let them. We stood up for peace.

Now, what's interesting is not just that we averted military action (so far). It's also what has happened, because we averted military action. We showed that successful diplomacy, shunted aside just a week ago as irrelevant, is actually possible.

Think about this. We are on the verge of a solution that:
- Removes chemical weapons from Syria, preventing another attack and putting them out of the reach of both the Assad regime and Al Qaeda,
- Does not require the use of dangerous military force by the United States,
- Compels Syria to become a signer to the Chemical Weapons Convention,
- Restores the role of Congress in matters of war and peace, and
- Rejuvenates the United Nations as a platform for peace.

This happened only because of our work. To his credit, President Obama listened. He listened to Congress, to the voices of allies around the world asking us to pause, and most importantly, to We the People of These United States. But you spoke, President Obama listened, and now peace may bloom.

Of course, we may still go to war - the war lobby is fierce and relentless. Even as we speak, warmongers in Congress are writing new war resolution language, thinking that if they tweak this word or that word, making it an itsy-bitsy, teensy-weensy war, it can pass. To that, we say, “a big, fat NO.”

We have shown that Peace can be more powerful than War.

And hopefully, one day soon, we will not be arguing about where to direct our bombs. If you and I keep working together, we will be trying to figure out what to do with the fruits of peace – the Peace Dividend.

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson

Let's Stop a War, Before It Starts

The United States should not attack Syria. And I need your help to make sure that we do not.

The White House is seeking permission from Congress to attack Syria. Let’s make sure Congress says “NO.”

Ask your Member of Congress to vote NO on ANY legislation authorizing a U.S. attack on Syria. You can call here: 202-224-3121

Right now, calls to Congress are running 100:1 against intervention.

And Members of Congress are listening. More than half the members of the U.S. House of Representatives have said they are leaning against authorizing an attack. But we need more than that. We need them to say “NO,” loud and clear.

So call! Ask your Member of Congress to vote NO on ANY legislation authorizing a U.S. attack on Syria, under current circumstances. You can call here: 202-224-3121

Or you can e-mail your member here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

This is when it matters.

After you’re done with your call or e-mail, please tell me what you heard from your Member’s staff by going to this website: http://dontattacksyria.com/call-congress-now-dont-attack-syria/

Using the information you give me, I will be compiling a list of Members to whom I need to talk about this.

Finally, get your friends and family to sign up at DontAttackSyria.com. More than 60,000 people are working together RIGHT NOW to stop this attack on Syria. Let’s add more and more. Share this on Twitter and Facebook, and forward it to your friends.

We’re all in this together. And we’re going to win.

Courage,

Alan Grayson

Grayson on Syria: "We Have Our Own Problems To Deal With"

As we head toward a Congressional vote on a U.S. military attack on Syria, Sunday was a national TV doubleheader for Congressman Alan Grayson - he argued forcefully against war on both CNN and MSNBC. Here is what he said on MSNBC:

MSNBC's Alex Witt: Joining me right now is Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee. Representative Grayson, thank you for being here.

Congressman Alan Grayson: Yes, thank you for having me.

Alex: So you've been very vocal, sir, in your opposition to any kind of intervention . What is your argument against this?

Alan: Well first, it's not our responsibility. Secondly, whatever we do won't actually accomplish anything useful. Third, it's expensive. And fourth, it's dangerous.

Alex: Okay. You're pretty definitive in that. How much pushback are you getting from any of your constituents, or from fellows in the House?

Alan: None. My position is actually the popular position here . We set up a website called DontAttackSyria.com, and within less than 24 hours, we had 10,000 signatures in our petition to the President against this action. The polls now show, and will continue to show, that Americans understand that this is simply not our responsibility. We are only one country out of 196. We have our own problems to deal with. We are not the world's policeman, nor are we the world's judge, jury, and executioner.

Alex: All right. I'm curious if there's any debate on this though, in your mind, because you have said that you don't even think it's clear a chemical attack occurred. Now, Doctors Without Borders, which is a completely impartial group, says that its partners have treated 3600 people with chemical weapons symptoms. Do you not believe them?

Alan: You're misquoting me, and quoting me out of context. I said that several days ago, before that evidence came in.

Alex: Okay, so where do you stand on it now?

Alan: Now I think that there is substantial evidence that there was a chemical attack. That doesn't change my mind about anything that I said, though. I still think that it's not our responsibility, that it's expensive and dangerous, and that our attack won't do any good. I have yet to hear anybody explain to me why our attacking Syria will take away their ability to commit such an attack in the future.

Alex: Do you question, sir, the President saying that this is a threat to our national security, the use of chemical weapons in Syria?

Alan: Absolutely. We haven't been attacked at all. Not a single American has been attacked during the course of the Syrian War, and I think that Americans understand that. Let's tend our own garden.

Alex: Okay. Then what about our allies? What about Jordan?

Alan: They haven't been attacked.

Alex: Turkey?

Alan: They haven't been attacked.

Alex: Israel?

Alan: They haven't been attacked, either.

Alex: What if they were to be attacked?

Alan: Oh, if they were, then that's an entirely different story. Turkey is a member of NATO. We have collective responsibilities with Turkey. If Turkey were to be attacked by Syria, then we would have to act under our NATO treaty. That's not this situation.

Alex: Would you feel better if the U.N. weapons inspectors come back with a report confirming, as anticipated, the use of chemical weapons in the region, and were able to point (even though this isn't their mandate) or if others were able to find proof to point to President Assad's regime as those being the ones who launched this chemical attack, would that change your mind at all?

Alan: No. What would change my mind is somebody explaining to me what the heck this has to do with us.

Alex: Well the President spoke directly to you and your colleagues yesterday. Let's take a listen.

--begin clip of President Obama--

President Barack Obama: Here's my question for every Member of Congress and every member of the global community: What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price? What's the purpose of the international system that we've built if a prohibition on the use of chemical weapons that has been agreed to by the governments of 98 percent of the world's people and approved overwhelmingly by the Congress of the United States is not enforced?
--end clip of President Obama--

Alex: So what's your response to that?

Alan: Well first of all, not a single other country feels that way. Just a few days ago we had the British Parliament reject that argument.

Alex: France does, I believe.

Alan: Well no, France is saying, "We'll wait and see." So that's not the case at all. How is it that this is always our responsibility? And by the way, the treaty that the President is citing says that in case of violations of that treaty, you take the violators to the International Court of the Hague; you don't just bomb them.

Alex: Okay. Representative Alan Grayson, thank you for your time.

Alan: You're welcome.

Congressman Alan Grayson - you know where he stands. If you want to make your voice heard, then join our petition at www.DontAttackSyria.com. Tell your friends and neighbors, too. Time is running out.

Grayson on Syria: "This Literally Has Nothing to Do With Us"

As the debate regarding a U.S. military attack on Syria shifts to Congress, Congressman Alan Grayson was back on national TV on Sunday, forcefully arguing against war:

Fredricka Whitfield: Joining me from Orlando, Florida Congressman Alan Grayson opposes any intervention in Syria at all. So, after hearing the President yesterday, Mr. Congressman, did the President say anything to change your mind?

Congressman Alan Grayson: No. It’s not our responsibility. It’s not going to do any good. It’s dangerous. And it’s expensive.

Fredricka: And what do you mean by that, when you say it won’t do any good, when you hear Secretary Kerry spell out that letting a dictator like Assad go with impunity means that it sends a message to other dictators who might have chemical weapons that they could harm their people as well?

Alan: Well, actually, there are only four countries in the world that have chemical weapons, and the largest is the United States. So are we trying to “send a message” to ourselves? That’s not logical. I’ve heard that theory before, that somehow one country’s actions will affect another country, and another country, and another country. It’s just the “domino argument” (from the Vietnam War) again. We’ll call it the “bomb-ino argument” here. It’s just not logical. It doesn’t make any sense.

Fredricka: So when the President and Secretary of State say that Syria threatens national security and that it behooves the United States to do something, you still say that this is not a national security issue?

Alan: Absolutely not. And there are a huge number of Americans who agree with me. We set up a website called “DontAttackSyria.com," and got over 10,000 signatures in less than 24-hours. The polls show that people understand that this literally has nothing to do with us. We are not the world’s policeman. We can’t afford this anymore, these military adventures that lead us into more than a decade of war. It’s wrong. We need to cut it off, before it even happens.

Fredricka: Is it at least comforting then to you, that the President, though he said he thinks justifiably that the U.S. should strike, still wants to hear Congressional approval? Is that any comfort to you, that he wants Congress to be thoughtful about this, and to give the green light or not?

Alan: Yes. In fact, the British went through the same process a few days ago and they came to the right conclusion. We’re not the world’s policeman. We’re not the world’s judge, jury, and executioner. No one else in the world does things like this, and there’s no reason why we should. We’ve got 20 million people in this country who are looking for full-time work. Let’s tend our own garden, for a change.

Fredricka: Now, you mention your website DontAttackSyria.com and that there are a number of signatures, a number of people on board with your point of view, but what about fellow Members of Congress? Where do you believe their allegiance will fall?

Alan: Their allegiance will fall with what makes sense for them in representing their districts. In my district, if you ask people, “Where does Syria fall in your list of concerns?” it wouldn’t even be in the top 100. We would have to spend the billion dollars that this attack will cost, according to British authorities. The billion dollars that this attack will cost, that money is better spent on our schools, our roads, our bridges, our health care, and so on and so forth.

Fredricka: So if you had the opportunity to make your case to the President, what would it be? We understand that Senator McCain will be spending some one-on-one time with the President tomorrow. Senator McCain has been saying for a very long time that the U.S. needs to act. If you had that kind of face-to-face time with the President, what would you say to him as to why the U.S. should not go through with this – whether it has allies or whether it means going in alone?

Alan: Well, in fact, all the indications are that we will be going in alone. Even French public opinion is overwhelmingly against this, and the French were the only ones entertaining this possibility. It should tell the President something that when he is trying to vindicate so-called “international norms,” that there are 196 countries in the world and no one else, NO ONE, wants to do anything like this. But what I would tell the President is, first, that no Americans have been attacked. None of our allies have been attacked. It’s an unfortunate circumstance, but there are lots of unfortunate circumstances in the world. In Burma, for example, there is now a civil war that started 10 years before I was born, and twelve Presidents have resisted the impulse to interfere in the Burmese Civil War, even though far more people have died in the Burmese Civil War than in the Syrian Civil War. And I could give you countless other examples. Sometimes the highest international norm, the one to respect the most, is to mind your own business. And in this case, military intervention simply won’t do any good. No one thinks that we’re going to determine the outcome of the Syrian Civil War by lobbing a few missiles into Damascus. No one thinks that we will degrade or even eliminate the possibility of future chemical attacks by doing so. And in doing so, we’ll be wasting a lot of money, and we’ll be opening ourselves up to a counterattack. People forget this, but the U.S. Embassy in Beirut is 15 miles away from the Syrian border, and just down the block from Hezbollah. So if we attack them, and then they attack us, I think people can see where this is headed.

Fredricka: Congressman Alan Grayson, thanks so much, from Orlando today. We appreciate it.

Alan: Thank you.

Congressman Alan Grayson – you know where he stands. If you want to make your voice heard, then join our petition at www.DontAttackSyria.com. Tell your friends and neighbors, too. Time is running out.
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