No More Troops
President Obama has announced that he will escalate the war in Afghanistan by sending 30,000 more troops. But in the midst of a severe economic recession we should be nation building at home, not in Afghanistan.
We are working in part with the Win Without War coalition, calling for our voices be heard by telling our representatives that this war is too costly and irresponsible to continue. A troop increase would continue to fuel the insurgency, prop up a failed government and a corrupt leader in Karzai, and would continue to put ever more stress and strain on our troops, who would be facing fifth and sixth tours of duty.
This war cannot be sustained. Here's why:
The Facts On Afghanistan:
- According to the White House's own Budget Director, adding an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan will cost an additional $30 billion. That is in addition to the $130 billion already budgeted for Iraq and Afghanistan. That money should be spent where it is needed - creating jobs for the 10% of Americans who are unemployed.
- In his letter of resignation to the State Department, former Afghanistan diplomat Matthew Hoh outlined how the presence of U.S. troops fuels the insurgency by propping up the corrupt Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a man who is advised by drug lords and war criminals.
- Calling the mission “Sisyphean,” Hoh wrote: “We are mortgaging our Nation’s economy on a war, which even with increased commitment will remain a draw for years to come. Success and victory, whatever they may be, will not be realized not in years, after billions more spent, but in decades and generations. The United States does not enjoy a national treasury for such success and victory.”
- Retired General Karl W. Eikenberry expressed a similar sentiment in November, telling the Obama Administration “additional troops would be unwise because of the corruption and ineffectiveness of the Afghan government.”
- The President’s own national security advisor has said there are only 100 al Qaeda fighters left in Afghanistan. If supporters of the escalation believe we must remain in Afghanistan to fight al Qaeda, do we need to invade and occupy every country where al Qaeda exists, from Western Europe to Somalia?
Spending $100 billion a year to have 100,000 troops chasing 100 terrorists in Afghanistan is not in our national interest.
It is time for the American people to weigh in and for Congress to provide a badly needed check and balance on a deeply flawed and potentially catastrophic decision.
It’s time to call for NO MORE TROOPS for Afghanistan.