Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Don't Buy This War

Having trouble embedding the video from the Daily Show on December 2nd - watch it here. Then proceed with the blog post below ...

I just received this email action alert from CREDO action:

Last night President Obama announced that he's escalating the war in Afghanistan, bringing the number of U.S. troops in that country to 100,000 or more.

It's the wrong decision, but it's not too late to change things. That is why CREDO is joining with TrueMajority/USAction and Brave New Foundation on a campaign to do just that.

To complete the escalation, Congress needs to sign-off on the plans and the funding for extra troops and equipment — a staggering $1 trillion or more.

Last night, Congress heard from the President. Today, they need to hear from you.

Can you sign this petition opposing the escalation in Afghanistan? It says:

"President Obama has decided to send more than 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan, at a cost of more than $100 billion/year. But America cannot afford more war that does not make us safer, and Congress has the power to stop the escalation. Please vote NO on any spending bill that would send more troops to Afghanistan."

Some pundits are saying there's no need to worry because Obama also promised to begin bringing troops home in 2011. But even if that is true, it would only be the beginning of the end of the war, with no guarantee when everyone will come home or when the war will end.

All this while the President's own National Security Advisor has reported that there are fewer than 100 Al Qaeda operatives in all of Afghanistan with no ability to launch attacks on either the United States or our allies.

Now Congress must decide if spending $100 billion a year to have 100,000 troops chasing 100 terrorists in the most remote mountains of our planet is worth it.

You know the answer already. Tell Congress that it's time to stop sending troops to Afghanistan and develop a plan to bring everyone home.

Thank you for working to build a better world.

Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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