President Obama: DNC Says "Bring the Troops Home!"
Last weekend, members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) leadership, Vice Chairs Donna Brazile and Rep. Mike Honda (CA) and DNC Secretary Alice Germond from WV joined CA Rep.Barbara Lee to submit a resolution on ending the war in Afghanistan. It passed unanimously.
The DNC resolution said "the Democratic Party supports prioritizing job creation and a swift withdrawal of U.S. armed forces and military contractors in Afghanistan which must include a significant and sizable reduction no later than July 2011."
The resolution put the DNC in step with a super majority of people and especially Democrats who believe the war is not worth fighting.
Send a strong message now to President Obama: Take bolder steps on negotiations and set a timetable for troop withdrawal.
The truth is that General Patreaus and Secretary of State Clinton are pressing to keep troops there at least until 2014. The DNC resolution says "military and intelligence officials agree that the situation in Afghanistan will not ultimately be resolved by a military solution" and calls for a diplomatic solution.
Send a strong message now to President Obama: Diplomacy, not War!
In The Nation this week, Tom Hayden says, "The goal of Democrats like Lee is to 'change the president's political calculus' and encourage his running on a 2012 platform promise of ending two wars – instead of the specter of trillion-dollar quagmires."
Candidate Obama has begun preparations for the 2012 elections. And so should we, especially those who were active in the 2008 campaign. President Obama told Bob Woodward during an interview for the book, Obama's Wars, that he is not willing to lose his base over the Afghanistan war. Send that message to President Obama.
Peace Action and a number of other peace groups are launching a petition campaign to send a clear message that we and a super majority of Democrats and most voters want an end to the war that is draining scarce resources from the national budget. The $1 million annual cost for each soldier in Afghanistan is a striking example of misguided priorities.
We want Candidate Obama to know, "Just as the Iraq war became a dividing line between you and your opponents, so will Afghanistan."
National Field Organizer
P.S. Join the Obama Supporters for Peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan Petition Campaign. Download a paper version of the petition. The petition is also available for general use. The Campaign will run from now until the July 2011 "troop draw down" date. We will target events and venues where 2008 campaign activists gather. Materials and other activities will also be available as well.
If you or your organization would like to join the Campaign, please contact us.