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Florian
03-05-2011, 04:58 PM
I realize that most Americans, indeed most of the rest of the world, are indifferent to what is happening in Afghanistan, but this article made me indignant and sad.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/world/asia/03afghan.html?_r=1

bjkeefe
03-05-2011, 05:09 PM
I realize that most Americans, indeed most of the rest of the world, are indifferent to what is happening in Afghanistan, but this article made me indignant and sad.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/world/asia/03afghan.html?_r=1

I saw that the day it ran, and yes, it was saddening for me, too.

I'm not actually sure what to do to bring an end to the whole situation, though. Kind of a big force in favor of continuing such activities, in case you hadn't noticed.

Wonderment
03-05-2011, 06:47 PM
Here is US Rep. Barbara Lee's legislative proposal (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-barbara-lee/a-responsible-end-to-the_b_824454.html)for ending the misguided War on Afghanistan. (http://lee.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=296&sectiontree=38,75,296)

Current co-sponsors of H.R. 780, the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act in the 112th Congress are as follows:

Rep. Karen Bass
Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Rep. Michael E. Capuano
Rep. Judy Chu
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke
Rep. William Lacy Clay
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
Rep. Steve Cohen
Rep. John Conyers Jr.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings
Rep. Diana DeGette
Rep. Donna F. Edwards
Rep. Keith Ellison
Rep. Sam Farr
Rep. Bob Filner
Rep. Barney Frank
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge
Rep. John Garamendi
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva
Rep. Colleen W. Hanabusa
Rep. Mazie K. Hirono
Rep. Michael M. Honda
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Rep. Walter B. Jones
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
Rep. John Lewis
Rep. Zoe Lofgren
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney
Rep. Jim McDermott
Rep. George Miller
Rep. Gwen Moore
Rep. Jerrold Nadler
Rep. Grace F. Napolitano
Rep. John W. Olver
Rep. Donald M. Payne
Rep. Chellie Pingree
Rep. Ron Paul
Rep. Linda Sanchez
Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Rep. Jan D. Schakowsky
Rep. Josť E. Serrano
Rep. Louise M. Slaughter
Rep. Jackie Speier
Rep. Pete Stark
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson
Rep. Edolphus Towns
Rep. Nydia M. Velasquez
Rep. Maxine Waters
Rep. Peter Welch
Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey

bjkeefe
03-05-2011, 07:03 PM
Thanks.

About 50 members of Congress is better than I might have guessed, but I have to say, not really enough to encourage me. Especially given that the Republicans control the House, which means they control the committees, and that's where the bill now languishes (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR00780:@@@L&summ2=m&).

bjkeefe
05-10-2011, 02:08 PM
In my Inbox this morning, from one of my Senators, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY):

https://secure.democratsenators.org/o/44/images/KEG---EM-Afghanistan---050911.jpg (http://democracyforamerica.com/activities/512?t=skg)

An endless war in Afghanistan is not in America's best interest.

This October will mark the 10-year anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom. I believe itís time to start bringing our troops home. Itís time to put the future and security of Afghanistan in the hands of its own leaders, and focus Americaís national security on the emerging and more imminent threats from al Qaeda in other regions.

After nearly a decade at war, with still no equal commitment from the Karzai government, and after all the lives sacrificed and the billions weíve spent on this war, it is my strong view that it is time to negotiate a Strategic Redeployment Agreement with Afghanistan that would mandate a date certain for the withdrawal of all United States combat forces.

This is why Senators Barbara Boxer, Sherrod Brown, Dick Durbin and I are co-sponsors of the Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act of 2011. The bill is simple and straightforward and I believe absolutely essential. So today, Iím asking you to stand with us as citizen co-sponsors.

Please add your name as a citizen co-sponsor and help demonstrate the vast support of Americans nationwide who believe itís time to bring our combat troops home and end the war in Afghanistan. (http://democracyforamerica.com/activities/512?t=skg)

President Obama has already committed to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan this July and that is a vitally important step forward. However, this alone is not enough. I believe a clear combat redeployment agreement would help our efforts in Afghanistan by reinforcing Afghan sovereignty and protecting both the readiness and the flexibility we need to meet the full array of global security challenges that confront our country.

I have great confidence in the ability of our troops and the strategic focus of our commanders. We are not suggesting our government spell out every stage of U.S. troop redeployment Ė specific decisions should be up to commanders on the ground and avoid giving the enemy a potential propaganda tool. Nor should we change the protection for our troops and flexibility for our mission that has been agreed upon in previous agreements.

However, it is critical we provide for a date certain for withdrawal of our combat forces, in order to give certainty to the American people; to ensure maximum flexibility in responding to other contingencies; and to publicly endorse the Afghan Governmentís assumption of lead responsibility as planned.

This is why we must pass the Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act now.

Please join me as a citizen co-sponsor today. (http://democracyforamerica.com/activities/512?t=skg)

The time has come. Working together, we can end the war in Afghanistan.

Thank you for everything you do to move America forward.

Kirsten

[Ed. note: the URL in the blockquote is actually where I ended up after clicking the link in the email and being redirected.]

I am sure D'Steve is proud to be allied with such fine democrat-Americans.