Once the Iraq War had gotten underway, WWW characterized it as a misguided, disastrous venture that “has made America less safe by fueling terrorism in Iraq and around the world.” By WWW's calculus, the war “hollowed out our military, diverted resources from the battle against al Qaeda and from homeland security, and deeply damaged our reputation abroad.”
WWW reserved particular scorn for the handful of American military personnel who had participated in the much-publicized mistreatment of Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in early 2004. By WWW's telling, those events constituted “torture” and human-rights violations.
In October 2011, WWW co-chair David Cortrightpraised President Barack Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops in Iraq would return home by the end of the year, as “a major step in the right direction for our nation.” "We thank President Obama for fulfilling his campaign pledge to end this war and bring home American troops," Cortright said.
Today WWW seeks to “promote a more progressive national security strategy” and “aggressively attac[k] right-wing distortion.” Toward those ends, the coalition's top priorities are “to demilitarize U.S. policy in Afghanistan [and to] secure America and its values by closing Guantanamo.” The coalition also “oppose[s] the militarization of our foreign policy”; is committed to “countering terrorism and weapons proliferation”; and rejects “the doctrine of unilateral military preemption” -- favoring instead “international cooperation and enforceable international law.”