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ACTION ALERT: Tell President Obama: No to Escalation in Afghanistan


November 21, 2009
Matt Lockshin / Credo Action

Despite over $1 trillion in costs and the majority of Americans opposing escalation, President Obama continues to move towards increased military action in Afghanistan. Less than a 100 members of Al Qaeda remain in the country. American activities are believed to be a destabilizing force in neighboring, nuclear-armed Pakistan. A corrupt Karzai government is being propped up by American intervention. The cost of escalation is estimated to be another $100 billion.

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/say_no_to_escalation/?r=5043&id=6770-1577840-QpDTnux

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News reports indicate that in the next few weeks, President Obama plans to announce his decision to send up to 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan. If he does so, he will be making the biggest mistake of his presidency.

Sign our petition to send a clear message to President Obama: Do not send more soldiers into this quagmire:



(November 21, 2009) — Despite over $1 trillion in costs and the majority of Americans opposing escalation, President Obama continues to move towards increased military action in Afghanistan.

Now is the time to stand firm and show your support in winding down troop levels in Afghanistan. Click here to read and sign the letter to the President.

Less than a 100 members of Al Qaeda remain in the country. American activities are believed to be a destabilizing force in neighboring, nuclear-armed Pakistan. A corrupt Karzai government is being propped up by American intervention. The cost of escalation is estimated to be another $100 billion.

While we need a strategy that protects civilians (particularly women and girls) and does not further destabilize Pakistan, it's clear that this cannot be accomplished by sending more troops to Afghanistan.

Please join us and support our veterans and tell President Obama not to escalate the war in Afghanistan and to start bringing our troops home now. Click here to read and sign the letter.

Matt Lockshin is the Campaign Manager for CREDO Action from Working Assets

The Petition

Dear President Obama,

News reports indicate that you have rejected specific plans to send between 10,000 and 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan put forward by your military advisers, but that you are still considering escalating the war in Afghanistan.

We urge you to reject escalation altogether and give us a bridge out of Afghanistan.

Expanding the war in Afghanistan will make Americans less safe, not more so.

Less than 100 members of Al Qaeda remain in Afghanistan. The Karzai government we support is controlled by warlords and is riddled with corruption. Pakistan's stability will be gravely imperiled by an expansion of the war. Hundreds if not thousands of troops will be killed, along with countless civilians. Anti-American sentiment throughout the Muslim world will be inflamed by civilian bloodshed, facilitating recruitment by terrorist organizations.

The war will cost billions of dollars when we can least afford it, and will stymie your domestic agenda.

The cost of sustaining a military force in Afghanistan is $1 million per soldier per year -- that's close to $100 billion dollars annually with the troop increase. With the economy in shambles, the deficits generated by these enormous costs will compromise your domestic legislative agenda both fiscally and politically.

The United States has no vital interest in Afghanistan. If you choose to further escalate troop levels in Afghanistan, you will be making the biggest mistake of your presidency.


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