Sign the Petition for Peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Dear President Obama:
I’m deeply troubled by the seemingly endless war in Afghanistan (which has spread to Pakistan) that you escalated. Recently you were quoted as saying you didn’t want to lose your base over the war in Afghanistan. Yet, that is exactly what is happening.
Without a shift in your policy, it is hard to imagine the same kind of movement will develop to support your re-election campaign.
Like most Americans, and an overwhelming number of your supporters, I urge you to:
--Initiate negotiations, which must include Afghan women, to end the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan;
--Immediately end your escalation of the war, including drone strikes;
--Start drawing down U.S. troops and commit to a timetable with an end date before 2014 after which there will be no U.S. or NATO troops, contractors or military bases in Afghanistan.
--Support Afghan-led humanitarian and economic development efforts to help rebuild that war-ravaged country.
Mr. President, listen to the majority of the American people, and your supporters, who want to end this pointless war , so we can reinvest in domestic priorities here at home. The $1 million annual cost for each soldier in Afghanistan is a striking example of our misguided priorities. Just as the Iraq war became a dividing line between you and your opponents, so will Afghanistan.