ACTION ALERT: President Obama's Wars Meet Resistance in US and Afghanistan
December 11, 2009 Al Jazeera & Friends Committee on National Legislation
For many Afghans, President Obama's strategy of even more troops does not fit into their vision of what will bring peace. Meanwhile, President Obama presents us with a historic opportunity to free the world of nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, our Senate stands in the way of that achievement. We have to persuade Congress to support Obama's agenda for a world without nuclear weapons.
(December 10, 2009) Barack Obama, the US president, has received the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo days after he ordered an escalation of US involvement in the war in Afghanistan.
In making Obama the third sitting US President to win the award, the Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama's co-operative approach to global issues. But many critics say that Obama's resume is too thin to stand scrutiny with other Nobel peace laureates.
And for many Afghans, Obama's strategy of even more troops does not fit into their vision of what will bring peace. From Kabul, Steve Chao reports.
Turn Obama's Nobel Prize into Action Friends Committee on National Legislation
(December 11, 2009) President Barack Obama's speech today accepting the Nobel Peace Prize mixed a strong affirmation of the power of nonviolence with an acknowledgment that in his view today the instruments of war have a role in protecting the peace. Whatever our differences with the president about the world that is today), we can all join with him in taking steps to reach what he called "the world that ought to be."
That new world, the president affirmed today, must be a world without nuclear weapons.
Now comes the hard part.
President Obama presents us with a historic opportunity to free the world of nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, our Senate stands in the way of that achievement. We have to persuade Congress to support Obama's agenda for a world without nuclear weapons.
The president's plan includes a new strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia and the Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. When the test ban treaty first came to a vote in 1999, the Senate failed to achieve the two-thirds majority necessary to win approval.
The good news is that a lot has changed since 1999. A consensus is growing among opinion leaders and experts in the United States that the test ban treaty would make the United States and the world safer.
Our challenge is that too many senators remain skeptical about nuclear disarmament, and we do not yet have the 67 votes necessary to ratify the test ban treaty. Our job yours and mine is to get each and every one of your senators to vote for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, as well as the strategic weapons reduction treaty.
The president's Nobel Prize gives new momentum for moving these treaties forward. Help us build on that momentum.
Take Action Please ask your senators to state now their intention to vote for Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and for a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, when the president submits that treaty.