Afghanistan: Why Obama Must Change Course
Monday, October 17, Watertown: First Parish, 35 Church St., 7pm
Tuesday, October 18, Jamaica Plain: First Church, 6 Eliot St., 7pm
Jonathan Steele has covered Afghanistan for the Guardian (London) for more than thirty years, and was part of the Guardian team which published the Wikileaks Afghanistan cables. His latest book, Ghosts of Afghanistan: The Haunted Battleground, was published by Counterpoint this month. He will sign copies at his talks.
October 2011 marks ten years of U.S. war and occupation in Afghanistan. Steele was one of the few Western analysts who predicted that a US invasion of Afghanistan would be a disaster. Although President Obama has announced withdrawal of some troops, the Administration’s plan really envisions a long-term military occupation. So Afghanistan should remain high on everyone's agenda as the 2012 election campaign approaches.
Steele will explain the strategic partnership agreement that the Obama administration wants to sign with Karzai's government and argue that it is a disaster for Afghanistan and the US. Instead he calls for peace talks and an agreement that will end the country's thirty-five years of civil war.
The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh strongly endorses Ghosts of Afghanistan as an “original look at the West's obsession with Afghanistan,” in which “Steele...puts to rest the notion that America had no choice but to go to war after Osama bin Laden's orchestration of the 9/11 attacks."
Town Hall Meetings on Military Spending
Rep. Barney Frank will hold three Town Hall meetings in New Bedford, Wellesley, and Taunton to discuss the economy, the budget and why he think it is essential that our country scales back its worldwide military commitments and cuts excessive military spending.
This will be a chance to discuss these and other pressing national issues which so greatly affect our local priorities.
Saturday, October 15, 2pm, New Bedford • Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, Corson Bldg
Sunday, October 16, 2pm, Wellesley • Massachusetts Bay Community College, Main Auditorium, 50 Oakland St
Sunday, October 23, 2pm, Taunton • First Parish Church, Church Green