The White House is in the midst of a strategic review of Afghanistan. This review is coming at a time when the reality is hard to ignore: Afghanistan cannot be won, the cost is escalating at a time when the U.S. economy is in collapse and the war is undermining U.S. national security and the rule of law. It is time to end the war-based foreign policy of the United States.
Opposition to war is growing. Sixty-one House members wrote president Obama last month calling for an end to the Afghan war. The letter was co-signed by 57 Democrats and 4 Republicans. They wrote: “This has become the longest war in US history. The rate of casualties is at an all-time high. And we have already spent $365 billion on this unwinnable war.” This reflects the views of Americans. A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 50 percent of those surveyed said the United States should not be involved in Afghanistan, compared to 41 percent who opposed the war in September … //
… Indeed, an analysis of the U.S. debt demonstrates how “the U.S. central government deficit problem has one source – addiction to war and empire. That addiction has led to borrowing on an unprecedented scale, making it impossible for the U.S. to stimulate its economy through accumulated savings and making it increasingly nervous about the accelerating practice of borrowing on a mass scale. The Quantitative Easing approach – creating money out of nothing – has been made inevitable by the massive deficits used to sustain empire abroad.”
There are many reasons to join the peace vets on December 16th. Former New York Times war correspondent and noted author, Chris Hedges, who will be joining the protest, writes that the antidote for loss of hope is action “anything that seeks to draw the good to the good, nourishes our souls and holds out the possibility that we can touch and transform the souls of others. Hope affirms that which we must affirm. And every act that imparts hope is a victory in itself.” In short — restore hope, take action.
Every day the news reports the corruption of U.S. foreign policy, how the United States is killing civilians, incarcerating thousands without trials, participating or allowing torture, spying on diplomats and on and on. The bad news is never ending. The way to counteract the bad news of U.S. wars is to stand up against them. This is a critical moment. The Obama administration is conducting a review of Afghanistan and was just beaten in the mid-term elections. His base is angry over his war and economic policies. While no one single demonstration or action will end the wars, building a movement to do so will – in fact, an independent movement calling for an end to military-based foreign policy is a critical ingredient to ending U.S. wars. Join us on December 16th. For more information, e-mail us.