By now, you've heard that the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies announced last week their belief that Iran has no nuclear weapons program.1 Many in Congress, including some Republicans, argue that the new intelligence estimate should lead the U.S. to move away from military threats in favor of real diplomacy.2 But the White House refuses to change course.
President Bush said his aggressive stance toward Iran would not change as a result of the new National Intelligence Estimate.3 But Americans now know that the President has once again been hyping the alleged threat from WMDs. It is up to us to end this pro-war policy.
So, this February we are teaming up with respected author and former New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer to bring a message of the folly of war and the promise of diplomacy to 20 towns and cities across the United States. We will start in Los Angeles and make our way to Washington, DC, enlisting the support of Americans all along the way.
See if we're coming to a town near you.
In any case, we need your support more than ever for this extraordinary effort. You can sponsor a piece of the tour. Pay for Stephen Kinzer's travel to a city for $200, or $10 for his breakfast.
It's tax deductible and after it's all over, we'll send you a picture and let you know how it went. If you contribute $65 or more, we will send you a copy of the new edition of Stephen Kinzer's book on Iran, All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. It features a new foreword entitled, "The Folly of Attacking Iran."
Stephen will be joined along the way by retired U.S. generals, Iranian dissidents, and other prominent people in favor of talking and negotiating rather than bombing. But he has generously offered to give up a month of his life to barnstorm the country. You can help him in his voyage by picking up part of the tab.
See a list of cities Stephen will visit, and help us put together tour stops in those places.
Thanks for all you do to make these extraordinary efforts for peace possible,
Chelsea Mozen, Patrick McElwee, Robert Naiman and Sebastian Anti
Just Foreign Policy
1. Read the December 3, 2007, National Intelligence Estimate, "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities," yourself (the main points are only two pages long):
Or read the New York Times article on it:
U.S. Says Iran Ended Nuclear Arms Work
Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, December 3, 2007
2. Note, in particular, Senator Hagel's call for "direct, unconditional and comprehensive talks" with Iran:
3. See, for example, President Bush's statements the day after the new intelligence estimate saying Iran had given up its nuclear weapons program:
Bush Says Iran Still a Danger Despite Report on Weapons
Brian Knowlton, New York Times, December 4, 2007