Tuesday, June 29, 2010

[SDCPJ] McChrystal: Marjah offensive was "a bleeding ulcer"


On June 22nd, Rolling Stone published a candid interview with General Stanley McChrystal and members of his staff. "The Runaway General" is valuable because it gives an unfiltered look at how the men who led the war in Afghanistan truly feel. Nine years ago our government sold the American people snake oil to get us into Afghanistan, and they did it again with Iraq. But as this article shows, they've never stopped selling it:

"The commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in Paris. He's in France to sell his new war strategy to our NATO allies - to keep up the fiction, in essence, that we actually have allies.   Opposition to the war has already toppled the Dutch government, forced the resignation of Germany's president and sparked both Canada and the Netherlands to announce the withdrawal of their 4,500 troops."

We have to press harder because we're coming to a turning point. We must force Obama to withdraw just like his NATO allies have. In the words of one retired U.S. colonel Douglas MacGregor, "The entire COIN strategy is a fraud perpetuated on the American people." Repeatedly, the White House and Congress have been given the right information, we have to keep pressuring them to make the right decision.

With the $33 Billion war supplemental funding bill planned for a vote this week, we have a critical opportunity to pressure Congress to end the war.

Call Congress at (202) 224-3121 or use our call-script here.

Tell your Members to vote "No" on all future war funding bills. And then tell them we need an exit strategy from Afghanistan right away. Ask them to co-sponsor the Afghanistan Exit Strategy bill which is Representatives McGovern and Jones' HR 5015 in the House, and Senator Feingold's S. 3197 in the Senate. Tell them it's time to focus on a political solution and a comprehensive peace plan in the region while investing in Afghan-led aid and development.

Thank you,
 
Kevin M. Martin 
Executive Director 
Peace Action Education Fund

P.S. The war supplemental funding bill is coming up for a vote this week. Forward this e-mail and call your friends. Ask them to call Congress and help us end this war.

  

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