June 08, 2010 | Posted by Ryan Anderson
Pressure from military circles, the right wing, Congressional Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats has set the political stage for a national security policy that includes the largest defense budget in our nation’s history and two major escalations of the war in Afghanistan. And that’s just in the last year.
It’s time for the progressive movement to rise to this challenge and counter this pressure from conservatives to set our foreign policy on a new path -- starting with the escalating war in Afghanistan. Congress is poised to approve a major supplemental funding bill to provide another $33 billion for the war. With unemployment the highest its been in decades and millions of taxpayers forced out of their homes by forclosure this money is desperately needed for nation-building here at home. And even as the war in Afghanistan officially becomes the longest war in US history this week, we still have no commitment from the President on when the last of our troops will come. It's time for progressive voices to be heard in this debate.
Call your Representative now at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to:
1. Vote NO on the 2010 War Supplemental
2. Co-Sponsor Rep. McGovern's bill, HR 5015, requiring a timeline for withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Beating the powerful forces in Washington calling for more troops and more war won't be easy, and we need all the help we can get. Ask your friends to help "move the movement" by tweeting this message and making it our status on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites:
#MoveTheMovement and end the #Afghanistan war! Tell Congress NO MORE WAR $$$ http://bit.lycxJ0kX #p2 #afn10 Pls RT!
Why We Need to End the War:
• This week, the war in Afghanistan officially surpassed the Vietnam War as the longest war in US history.
• A recent poll by ABC News / Washington Post showed that 52% of Americans believe the war in Afghanistan has not been worth it.
• On May 27, Marine Cpl. Jacob C. Leicht became the 1,000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan. He was only 24 years old.
• The direct cost for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now exceeds $1 trillion dollars. For the same cost, the United States could transition to a clean energy economy so we could solve global warming, pay the salaries of 2 million teachers for a decade, or give $1,000 to every one of the billion children around the world living in poverty.
• Spending over $100 billion this year alone sending nearly 100,000 troops half-way around the world to defend against what the President's National Security Advisor Jim Jones admitted is less than 100 members of al Qaeda in Afghanistan doesn't make any sense and it doesn't make America any safer.