Don't Let Petraeus Sabotage Afghan Peace Talks
General Petraeus during a Congressional hearing.
54% of Americans think the U.S. should set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, CBS News reports. But if General Petraeus has his way, the U.S. will dig in deeper, not establish a timetable for withdrawal. Petraeus wants the State Department to designate part of the Afghan Taliban as a terrorist group, a move which could make it more difficult for the Afghan government to reach a political settlement with the Afghan Taliban, the New York Times reports.
Write your representatives now, asking them to tell the State Department not to do anything that would undermine U.S. commitments to support Afghan government efforts to end the war through political negotiations -- including designating part of the Afghan Taliban as a terrorist organization.