Over 500,000 US Soldiers seek VA Treatment; WikiLeaks Video “U.S. Military slaying two News Staff and other innocents; “It’s the OIL, Stupid (or the pipeline routes); Obama is WRONG, Vote NO on the added 33 BILLION he wants for added fighting in Afghanistan (and Pakistan); Alert your Members of Congress, call them, numbers here.
BULLETIN: TAKE ACTION NOW, CLICK HERE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH …when the House debated a resolution calling for a timetable for U.S. military withdrawal, Rep. Bob Filner, chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, pointed out that hundreds of thousands of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have gone to the VA for service-related injuries. Veterans for Common Sense places the number at 508,152 in a recent fact sheet based on VA documents obtained under the FOIA (from Just Foreign Policy)
MUST READ: Collateral Murder
WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video (CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO) depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded. For further information please visit the special project website www.collateralmurder.com.
IraqOilMap.jpeg No more money to fight for OIL. Where it all began: Dick Cheney Energy Task Force. This map is from MARCH 2001, six months before 9/11.
Tell your members of Congress to VOTE NO on the extra 33 BILLION dollar appropriation to go to the war in Afghanistan. Over One Trillion Dollars will be wasted on the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars. FOR OIL.
IraqOilMap.jpeg Thanks to Judicial Watch and their long-term lawsuit against the Cheney Energy Task Force, many discoveries were brought forth, go to their website here for all the maps of 60% of the world’s oil all within the size of the state of Kansas.
Today’s Headlines at antiwar.com:
Karzai Slams West, Threatens to Join Insurgency
NATO Admits Killing Afghan Civilians in Night Raid
US Special Forces ‘Tried to Cover-Up’ Botched Afghan Raid
German DM: ‘Condolences’ for Killing Afghan Troops
UK Army Official: Public Pessimism Undermining Afghan War
75 Killed, 100s Hurt in Bloody Baghdad Weekend
Division Among Shi’ites May Give Allawi Glad Tidings
Victim: Baghdad Shooters Said They Were US Soldiers
Sunday: 55 Iraqis Killed, 320 Wounded
Read the above stories by clicking here.
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Tell us what we need to hear, Mr. President. Our individual States in the “United States” are bankrupt. Will you pass a bill for 196 BILLION to bail them out, or send more Billions to Afghanistan, that is your choice.
Readers, tell your members of Congress to Vote NO on the added 33 BILLION that Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama wants to add to the fighting in Afghanistan (and Pakistan). Here’s how to call your Congress Member, click here. And you can click here to tell the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Members to VOTE NO on the 33 BILLION that President Obama is asking for, One Million for ever Soldier sent to Afghanistan for ONE YEAR, thank you Voters for Peace. Also, thanks to ReThink Afghanistan for their great work making the video below and for bringing attention to the mistaken policies at work in Central Asia by the Bush Administration and now followed by the Obama Administration.
FROM MARCH 28 OUT OF CENTRAL ASIA POST
On top of 708 BILLION for the Defense Department for next year, Nobel Peace Winner President Barack Obama is asking for an ADDITIONAL 33 BILLION from Congress to be used to fight in Afghanistan. Here’s a list of House Progressive Caucus members who voted FOR war funding on June 16, 2009. Call them and tell them to VOTE NO on this added 33 BILLION, End the War Now (Click here for names and phone numbers) Read this: We Call for the United States to End Its Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan! A Statement from the Campaign for Peace and Democracy • October 2009
At the same time: Our individual States in the United States needs an additional 196 BILLION to make up their budget shortfall. Will President Barack Obama ask Congress for these funds, or do we shut schools, lay off teachers, firefighters, and other State employees? Read more, click here.
New gaps in 2010 budgets. An increasing number of states are struggling to keep their 2010 budgets in balance. Because revenues have fallen short of projections, mid-year shortfalls have opened up in 41 states — some of which have already addressed them — totaling $38 billion or 7 percent of these budgets.
These new shortfalls are in addition to the gaps states closed when adopting their fiscal year 2010 budgets earlier this year. Counting both initial and mid-year shortfalls, 48 states have addressed or still face such shortfalls in their budgets for fiscal year 2010, totaling $196 billion or 29 percent of state budgets — the largest gaps on record.
Bulletin: Pentagon’s Black Budget Tops $56 Billion
STOP WAR FUNDING DEFUND WAR. ORG
The above link will take you to a website that will allow you to have access to some action items you can do to End the War(s) Funding Now. President Obama is asking for an additional $33 Billion for the War in Afghanistan. Call your member of Congress (phone numbers and info are at the site) and demand them to Stop Funding the War(s).
JUST IN: TROOP DEATHS IN AFGHANISTAN DOUBLE, Read more here.
On numerous occasions, Congress has exercised its constitutional authority to end military engagements. Here are just a few examples:
Cambodia – In late December 1970, Congress passes the Supplemental Foreign Assistance Appropriations Act prohibiting the use of funds to finance the introduction of United States ground combat troops into Cambodia or to provide U.S. advisors to or for Cambodian military forces in Cambodia.
Vietnam – In late June 1973, Congress passes the second Supplemental Appropriations Act for FY1973. This legislation contains language cutting off funds for combat activities in Vietnam after August 15, 1973.
Somalia – In November 1993, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act includes a provision that prohibits funding after March 31, 1994 for military operations in Somalia, except for a limited number of military personnel to protect American diplomatic personnel and American citizens, unless further authorized by Congress.
Bosnia – In 1998, Congress passes the Defense Authorization Bill, with a provision that prohibits funding for Bosnia after June 30, 1998, unless the President makes certain assurances.
Go to defundwar.org and scroll down for a list of Congress Members and phone numbers and make a difference.