ACTION ALERT: Bring the Troops – and the Bucks – Back Home
March 31, 2010
Voters for Peace
March 29, 2010 marked the anniversary of the last combat troops leaving Vietnam and ending US military involvement in the Vietnam War. Wars can be ended. Even wars that seem central to continuing American Empire become unnecessary wars if they are resisted.
March 29, 2010 marked the anniversary of the last combat troops leaving Vietnam and ending US military involvement in the Vietnam War.
Wars can be ended. Even wars that seem central to continuing American Empire become unnecessary wars if they are resisted.
I wanted to write you today because there is, no doubt, a sense of frustration when we see the Afghanistan War escalating, attacks in Pakistan and the exit from Iraq moving at a snail's pace, if at all.
Tens of thousands demonstrated around the country on the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. I spoke at the demonstration in Washington, DC. In my comments I emphasized that the US is an empire in decline. The United States is spending $1 million to keep one soldier in Afghanistan for one year.
President Obama has submitted a record budget for weapons and war and now seeks supplemental funding for the wars. And, our country is borrowing the money at a time of record deficits, when the economy is fragile and collapsing. No wonder Afghanistan is called the graveyard of Empires.
While President Obama seems beyond criticism in the media and among many Americans despite his expansion of US militarism, these wars will take their toll. President Johnson looked untouchable during the Vietnam War in 1965, but three years later he could not seek re-election because of his unpopularity. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq combined with a failing economy are a great risk to the Obama presidency.
Tell the president he is risking a second term in office for continuing these wars. Tell him to focus on rebuilding the economy. Tell him the troops should come home and spending on weapons and war reduced. •Click here to send President Obama a letter in your own words.
Then, urge the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to say "no" to a $30 billion war supplemental requested by President Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Last week Defense Secretary Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mullen were on Capitol Hill urging support of the supplemental. A vote is expected in April. Let's make sure the appropriations committee hears from Americans who oppose more war spending.
It is never an easy task to end a war, but it can be achieved. Please continue to join our efforts to end war. And, if you can make a donation to support our work please do so now by clicking here.
President Barack Obama
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