Posts Tagged ‘Troop withdrawal’

The wars go on, as we take a Vacation

August 28, 2010

Dear Readers: We’re off on Vacation, returning in early September. Is there a war or wars going on? Do you feel it in any way? Besides the job losses and the state budgets all underwater?

In the meantime, the People of Pakistan have been hit with the worse flooding ever. Can you imagine what it is like to have whole villages washed away, all livestock gone, all crops gone? Many will die due to the lack of food and drinking water. And from diseases carried by the contaminated flood waters. Send a few bucks to the Red Cross or Red Crescent if you can.

Where are they going? Imagine if this were you and your family

And the United States still uses Assassination Drones to hit targets in Pakistan. Today. Read it here.

We’re off to visit relatives and relax. We wish the People of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan (Somalia, Yemen, and many other places) could go on a vacation and not have war around them. It is time to End the Wars. We are accomplishing nothing except making more “terrorists”.


60% of Americans say “End the War Now”. What are we fighting for?

August 24, 2010

What are we fighting for? What are we using our treasure and our young soldiers for? How many are suffering because we are present in Central Asia? From our friends at “Voters for Peace”, here’s two good articles from them today. read it in full, click here.

Substitute “Afghanistan” for Viet Nam, and substitute “Commies” for “Taliban”, and if we had a DRAFT, this war would be over. Country Joe and the Fish at Woodstock says it all:

Opposition to Afghanistan conflict not just a liberal issue anymore

    North Carolina Senate candidate Elaine Marshall (D) opposed the surge of troops to Afghanistan and wants American forces to withdraw from the country in an orderly fashion.

    “We’re spending billions to train a corrupt police force there, and here at home we’re laying off policemen and firefighters,” she said in a statement. “We’re hiring teachers over there, and here we’re sending teachers to the unemployment lines. If there’s a country we need to rebuild, it’s America.”

And, More:

    Liberal Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who faces a tough reelection fight, has been outspoken about a timetable for Afghanistan. He reiterated that stance Thursday.

    “Rather than send more troops to Afghanistan, where there is no military solution, the president should lay out a timetable for ending our military involvement there so we are better able to combat al Qaeda’s global network without needlessly risking American lives and spending dollars we don’t have,” he said in a statement.

Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 oppose war in Afghanistan
Associated Press Read the full story, click here.

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A majority of Americans see no end in sight in Afghanistan, and nearly six in 10 oppose the nine-year-old war as President Barack Obama sends tens of thousands more troops to the fight, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

With just over 10 weeks before nationwide elections that could define the remainder of Obama’s first term, only 38 percent say they support his expanded war effort in Afghanistan – a drop from 46 percent in March. Just 19 percent expect the situation to improve during the next year, while 29 percent think it will get worse. Some 49 percent think it will remain the same.

Cindy Sheehan’s CAMP OUT NOW is open on the National Mall, join her, sign up here; March 20 March on Washington (Los Angeles and San Francisco also), sign support here

March 16, 2010

Cindy Sheehan is now camping out on the National Mall to force President Obama to bring Peace members to the table when discussing the wars in Central Asia. You can join her by signing up at her webpage by clicking here. And you can support the March 20 March on Washington by clicking here. Thank you Cindy and all that participate with her for all your efforts to bring an End to the Wars sooner.

Cindy Sheehan at the White House, now CAMP OUT NOW at the National Mall, Join Her

Cindy Sheehan camps out on National Mall, From CNN’s Shannan Adler

    Washington (CNN) – Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who became a household name for protesting outside of former President Bush’s Texas ranch, is now camping out on the soggy grounds of the Washington Monument in an effort to draw attention to her cause. Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, said she and her fellow anti-war protestors are demanding that a representative from the peace movement have a seat at the table when war is being considered.

    “We are committed to doing this until we see activity from the government,” said Sheehan, referring to the anti-war protestors resolve to remain on the National Mall.
    Sheehan said that each day this week there will be “teach-ins and training for non-violent civil resistance until Monday when the action starts.”

    The “action” will be blocking intersections in the nation’s Capital as well as protesting at offices, she said. But Sheehan noted “we don’t want to divulge what we are doing because we don’t want law enforcement to be able to organize against us beforehand for our actions.” After a trip to Target to load up on necessary camping supplies as well as tables and chairs it would appear that Sheehan has no plans on leaving.

Be sure to join Cindy Sheehan and her efforts, Click Here. And March on March 20 in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco (other cities to be announced), Click here for more information.

Join CODEPINK and Tom Hayden: Sign the Petition, End the War in Afghanistan, Pass it to your Friends

September 11, 2009

Today, we received an email from Tom Hayden and CODEPINK asking for our signature and to spread the word on their efforts to End the War in Afghanistan. We are sending that out now to all of our readers. Please join their efforts and forward our web address to your friends so they can sign also. IT IS IN OUR HANDS.



CODEPINK has never flagged in opposing the Afghanistan war and now public opinion is finally catching up. With 70 percent of Democrats opposing U.S. troops in Afghanistan, President Obama is making a fateful choice. If he escalates, the quagmire deepens and he loses more support among his base. If he refuses to send more troops he will be attacked by the Republicans for losing the war on terror.

CODEPINK and the peace movement are calling for an exit strategy that includes NATO/American troop withdrawal, all party talks, regional diplomacy, and continued aid for reconstruction, medical care, education and development, but your voice is not represented in Congress. But we have a proven ability to set off a storm in their districts that makes a difference. We affected the election outcomes in 2006 and 2008, and we must continue to raise hell until they listen and act.

Please read, sign and circulate this petition.

Double your numbers. Widen your support. Become the margin of difference. Bring down the Predators. Bring home the troops.

–Tom Hayden

Our friend Tom Hayden has been an important voice for peace for decades. CODEPINK and other activists around the world are joining with Tom now to use our collective voice and power to end war in Afghanistan. As this fantastic article in the New York Times states, the tides are turning in our favor-this fall, the antiwar movement is rallying in solidarity to challenge Obama’s misguided policies on Afghanistan.

Join the call and sign here–we will deliver your message to Obama, Pelosi & Reid next week!

Tomorrow marks the 8th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11 and it’s taken until now for the mainstream media to being, finally, to expose some of the true costs of war. They did so recently by printing a photo of a dead US soldier against powerful pressure. Additionally, writers and thinkers as politically diverse as George Will and Chuck Hagel have published thoughtful pieces in the Washington Post on why we need to leave Afghanistan. But it’s not enough yet and we can make the media do an even better job.

  • Stay tuned for our upcoming Activist Media Blitz. During the week of Sept 14-18, we’ll push the story of the crucial importance of ending military engagement in Afghanistan and we will provide you with the tools you¹ll need to be engaged from your phone, computer, freeway over pass, the blogosphere, radio talk shows, letters to editors and more. Please join us to speak up and speak out in unison–lend your voices to the true story so it can be heard loud and clear above the din.
  • Let’s take Tom’s advice and raise hell (for peace)!

    Dana, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Janet, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Paris, Rae and Whitney
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    PLEASE PASS THIS ON and: Write your Congress Member and your Senators right now at this link. It is easy to do. Please do it now. No more troops, no more money, End the War(s) Now.

    Cindy Sheehan: “Come to Martha’s Vineyard, End the Wars”

    August 27, 2009

    Cindy Sheehan has dedicated her life in the memory of her son to stop the wars and stop the killings

    Cindy Sheehan has dedicated her life in the memory of her son to stop the wars and stop the killings

    If  W. were still in the White House and sending more troops to Afghanistan, you better believe that many people would be joining Cindy Sheehan in her protest at Martha’s Vineyard.  But who will show up to protest with her against President Obama?  In today’sCounterPunch by John V. Walsh, he tries to answer the question and reasons for the Anti-War movement to have disappeared. Read some of John Walsh’s article below:

    Cindy Sheehan will be at Martha’s Vineyard beginning August 25 a short way from Obama’s vacation paradise of the celebrity elite but very far from the Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iraq where the body bags and cemeteries fill up each day as Obama’s wars rage on. She will remain there from August 25 through August 29 and has issued a call for all peace activists to join her there. For those of us close by in the New England states and in New York City, there would seem to be a special obligation to get to Martha’s Vineyard as soon as we can.

    A funny thing has happened on Cindy Sheehan’s long road from Crawford, Texas, to Martha’s Vineyard. Many of those who claim to lead the peace movement and who so volubly praised her actions in Crawford, TX, are not to be seen. Nor heard. The silence in fact is deafening, or as Cindy put it in an email to this writer, “crashingly deafening.” Where are the email appeals to join Cindy from The Nation or from AFSC or Peace Action or “Progressive” Democrats of America (PDA) or even Code Pink? Or United for Peace and Justice. (No wonder UFPJ is essentially closing shop, bereft of most of their contributions and shriveling up following the thinly veiled protest behind the “retirement” of Leslie Cagan.) And what about MoveOn although it was long ago thoroughly discredited as principled opponents of war or principled in any way shape or form except slavish loyalty to the “other” War Party. And of course sundry “socialist” organizations are also missing in action since their particular dogma will not be front and center. These worthies and many others have vanished into the fog of Obama’s wars.

    Just to be sure, this writer contacted several of the “leaders” of the “official” peace movement in the Boston area – AFSC, Peace Action, Green Party of MA (aka Green Rainbow Party) and some others. Not so much as the courtesy of a reply resulted from this effort – although the GRP at least posted a notice of the action. (It is entirely possible that some of these organizations might mention Cindy’s action late enough and quickly enough so as to cover their derrieres while ensuring that Obama will not be embarrassed by protesting crowds.) We here in the vicinity of Beantown are but a hop, skip and cheap ferry ride from Martha’s Vineyard. Same for NYC. So we have a special obligation to respond to Cindy’s call.

    …Obama is an enormous gift to the Empire. Just as he has silenced most of the single-payer movement, an effort characterized by its superb scholarship exceeded only by its timidity, Obama has shut down the antiwar movement, completely in thrall as it is to the Democrat Party and Identity Politics. Why exactly the peace movement has caved to Obama is not entirely clear. Like the single-payer movement, it is wracked by spinelessness, brimming with reverence for authority and a near insatiable appetite to be “part of the crowd.” Those taken in by Obama’s arguments that the increasingly bloody and brutal AfPak war is actually a “war of necessity,” should read Steven Walt’s easy demolition of that “argument.” (2) Basically Obama’s logic is the same as Bush’s moronic rationale that “We are fighting them over there so we do not have to fight them over here.” There is a potential for “safe havens for terrorists,” as the Obamalogues and neocons like to call them, all over the world; and no one can possibly believe the US can invade them all. However, the ones which Israel detests or which allow control of oil pipelines or permit encirclement of China and Russia will see US troops sooner or later.

    Gen. Petraeus: “I don’t know if Iraq war helps stop terror”

    August 24, 2009
    Map of Gen. Petraeus, Daily News 2007

    Map of Gen. Petraeus, Daily News 2007

    It was September 11, 2007, General Petraeus was testifying at the Senate Armed Services Committee, when asked by Senator Warner on whether pressing ahead on the war “is making America safer”, the General answered, “Sir, I don’t know, actually”.

    Read the full story at The Daily News

    From the article:

  • In a prime-time national address tomorrow, Bush was expected to accept Petraeus’ recommendation to withdraw 30,000 troops by next July.

    Despite the expected troop reductions, Republicans continued to back away from the Bush policy. Rep. James Walsh (R-Syracuse), who nearly lost his seat over his support of the war last year, said, “I believe it is time to start bringing our troops home.”

  • Ed. Note: Isn’t it about time to bring the troops home? It’s been two years since making this statement. OUT NOW.