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A military conflict with Iran will send thousands of American soldiers into an unnecessary war and risk the lives of countless innocent civilians in the region. The campaign for Diplomacy First urges the United States to pursue all diplomatic options to solve the crisis in the Middle East. A show of maximum restraint by the United States will more effectively de-escalate rising tensions with Iran.

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THE COST OF WAR

Costs from the United States’ most recent conflict in Iraq

$2.4 Trillion

Cost of the war

$1+ Trillion

Dollars added to U.S. debt

4,488

American lives lost

32,226

Americans disabled

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

  • “This will ruin our economy if we engage Iran in a war. Iran will instantly have support from around the world.”
    Douglas Macgregor, Retired Colonel, U.S. Army
  • “If you think the war in Iraq was hard, an attack on Iran would, in my opinion, be a catastrophe.”
    Robert Gates, Former Secretary of Defense
  • “If you start launch air strikes against Iran the U.S. is going to lose pilots, the Iranians are going to retaliate, perhaps in unpredictable ways… Don’t go to war, Mr. President. It is not a winning play.”
    Joe Cirincione, Global Security Expert
  • “We remain concerned that increasingly escalatory actions by both sides will lead to an unnecessary conflict.”
    Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) & Mike Lee (R-UT), U.S. Congress
  • “A fight with Iran would be disruptive for the nations in the Gulf, harmful to the global economy, and would come at a cost to the U.S. that would not be inconsequential.”
    John Miller, Retired Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy  
  • "It would be hard to overstate how unpopular U.S. military action against Iran would be politically,"
    Chris Stirewalt, Fox News Politics Editor

KNOW THE FACTS

FACT

A war with Iran will be long, costly and catastrophic for the United States and the global economy. It will require more boots-on-the-ground U.S. troops than in Iraq and Afghanistan.

FACT

Over one-half of Iranian Americans believe that a grassroots democratic movement is the best approach to move Iran toward a more democratic society.

FACT

The greatest threat to the Iranian regime is more interaction with the U.S. – not less. The Iranian government often cites Western cultural influences as the greatest danger to the regime.

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