[HCCN] Afghanistan War Forever?

Judith Robbins jprobbins at myfairpoint.net
Thu May 12 19:35:52 EDT 2011

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From: "David Swanson, RootsAction" <info at rootsaction.org>
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Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 09:00:49 -0400 (EDT)
To: <judy at robbinsandrobbins.com>
Subject: Afghanistan War Forever?  No, We Can't!

  Tell the President to bring every soldier and contractor home now.




                                             Dear Judith,
  Now is the moment to put an end to the "global war on terror," not to ease
our way into its permanent establishment.
 President Obama has "surged" about 70,000 troops and a similar number of
contractors into Afghanistan, bringing the total U.S. personnel there to
approximately 200,000.
 For the past year and a half, the President has promised to begin military
withdrawal this July.
 "I'm confident that the withdrawal will be significant. People will say
this is a real process of transition; this is not just a token gesture,"
President Obama said on April 15th.
 Now the military is leaking word that 5,000 troops and contractors might be
withdrawn in July, or 2.5% of the total.
 Tell the President that's not enough.
 By 73% to 21% Americans have told ABC / The Washington Post that they want
to "withdraw a substantial number of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan
this summer."
 "In July of 2011, you're going to see a whole lot of people moving out, bet
on it," said Vice President Joe Biden.
 Does 2.5% strike you as a whole lot of people?
 The plan leaked this week as an apparent trial balloon would take until
2014 to withdraw the full 70,000 troops added by Obama, and leave the other
30,000 troops plus contractors in Afghanistan indefinitely.
 Tell the President to bring every soldier and contractor home now.
 David, Aimee, Sarah
 and the RootsAction team
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