ACTION: Tell Congress to End the War NOW -- Not in 2014
June 24, 2011
USAction & TrueMajority & Roots Action & Firedog Lake
President Obama has promised to bring home 30,000 of the more than 100,000 troops in Afghanistan by next year. The other 70,000 troops will stay at least until 2014 -- and possibly longer. The president's plan marks important progress, and it proves that the debate is shifting from whether to end the war to how quickly we should end it. But that's not nearly enough. You can't 1/3 end a war. The time to end the Afghanistan war is NOW, not in 2014.
ACTION: Tell Congress to End the War NOW
Drew Hudson / USAction & TrueMajority
President Obama has promised to bring home 30,000 of the more than 100,000 troops in Afghanistan by next year. The other 70,000 troops will stay at least until 2014 -- and possibly longer -- to continue the nation-building mission. (1)
The president's plan marks important progress, and it proves that the debate is shifting from whether to end the war to how quickly we should end it. But that's not nearly enough. You can't 1/3 end a war, and the time to end the Afghanistan war is NOW, not in 2014.
So we're not giving up, and fortunately neither are our allies in Congress. Progressive hero Jim McGovern and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi have already promised to press Obama to end the war sooner. (2) And today, we need to back them up.
Click here to tell Congress that you want to end the war and that you'll support any representative who votes to push the President and the Pentagon to accelerate the timetable for withdrawal.
For months we been writing letters, making phone calls and signing petitions asking the President and Congress to end the war. And it IS working.
Last month the House of Representatives came within six votes of setting a timetable to end the war -- including first-time support from more than 20 Republicans. And the 30,000 troops Obama now promises to pull out is more than double the speed and size reduction recommended by the Pentagon and warmongers. (3)
So, we are making progress, but we haven't stopped the war. Sign here to show Congress that you won't stop until every last soldier comes home and every last dollar is re-invested in nation-building here in America.
End the War NOW -- Not in 2014
President Obama has proposed to bring a third of the troops home from Afghanistan by next year, but the rest will remain until 2014 or longer. We can do better -- and we must if we're going to invest in rebuilding our own shattered economy instead of nation-building in Afghanistan.
Some leaders in Congress are ready to end the war. But we're at least 6 votes short of what we need to push the President and his generals to end the war NOW, not in 2014. You can help: sign here to tell Congress that we need to bring home the troops and re-invest here at home.
The President's timetable for withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan needs to be accelerated. We can't afford to leave tens of thousands of soldiers deployed on a nation-building mission.
Instead, Congress should vote to bring the troops home now and use that money to build jobs and economic prosperity here at home.
1 -- http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/world/asia/23prexy.html?_r=1
2 -- http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2011/06/23/obama_outlines_afghan_drawdown/
3 -- http://www.newsday.com/news/breaking/spin-cycle-1.812042/some-push-for-full-withdrawal-as-obama-speaks-1.2977523
ACTION: Obama Can Be Made to Withdraw More Troops
Norman Solomon / Roots Action.org
The majority of Americans want the war in Afghanistan ended. President Obama promised a "significant" withdrawal this July. But what he announced on Wednesday amounted to withdrawing about 1 percent of US personnel in July (10,000 withdrawn over six months from a total of 200,000 troops and contractors).
A White House spokesperson told a conference call of reporters on Wednesday that public opinion plays no role in such decisions.
ASK CONGRESS TO PLAY A ROLE
Can public opinion play any role in Congressional decisions? Obama cannot keep so many troops in Afghanistan so long if Congress refuses to pay for it. In recent weeks, the House has twice passed measures barring the use of funds for U.S. warmaking in Libya. Now before both houses is the 2012 "Defense Appropriations" bill which would dump over $100 billion into wars including Afghanistan.
Enough is enough, and Obama's "drawdown" is not enough!
ACTION: ASK CONGRESS TO DENY WAR FUNDING
Majority Want All American Troops in Afghanistan Home Now
Jon Walker / Firedog Lake
(June 21, 2011) -- In the past month there has been a massive surge in the number of Americans who want all American troops brought back from Afghanistan as soon as possible.
There is now a solid majority of 56 percent who want all the troops removed as soon as possible, while only 39 percent keep troops in Afghanistan until the country is stabilized. More.
The only reason to remain in Afghanistan seems to be out of a sense that Washington must not appear to be "weak," that it's leaders are not "abandoning the fight" and ignoring all the "blood and treasure" that we have invested in this war.
Unfortunately, these are the same unreasonable concerns that kept US soldiers in Vietnam -- killing and dying even while LBJ and other "leaders" secretly acknowledged the war was unwinnable and privately agonized that they could see "no other alternative" but to save face by "staying the course." This was the lesson of the Pentagon Papers. Apparently hubris is impenetrable to the force of reason.