MoveOn.org: 73% of Members Oppose U.S. Military Strike on Syria

By Susan Jones | September 5, 2013 | 5:37 AM EDT

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss the situation in Syria. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) - The liberal grassroots group MoveOn.org has broken with President Obama on Syria, saying that 73 percent of its members oppose military intervention in that country's civil war.

"Because this is such a big decision, we asked every MoveOn member to weigh in on whether MoveOn should support or oppose the congressional authorization to use military force in Syria," the group said in an email to members.

"The results are in, and they are unequivocal," the group announced on Wednesday: 73 percent of respondents said MoveOn should oppose the congressional authorization to use military force in Syria.

"History has shown again and again that even a 'limited' military engagement can quickly become a slippery slope to seemingly endless war. But stopping this war is within reach," the email said.

MoveOn.org is urging its members to contact their senators and congressional representatives -- and tell them to vote "no" on the use of force in Syria.

The group also opposed the Iraq war, and it says President Obama -- by proposing a military strike in Syria -- is raising the "specter of another Iraq war."

MoveOn.org says Syria poses no direct threat to U.S. safety or security -- and the consequences of U.S. military action there are "unknowable."

"Consistent polling shows that the majority of Americans are opposed to this military intervention, and more than 147 members of Congress are on record as firmly opposed to or leaning against it," the email says. "But mainstream media outlets and many elected officials are trying hard to make us think that strikes are inevitable. So we need to unleash the power of our more than 8 million member community right away to make it clear to Congress that we oppose military action in Syria."

"Act fast," the group told its members.

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