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Excerpt: "This action will further entrench the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan on the false premise of a military-first strategy that has consistently proven itself ineffective and counterproductive."

Army soldiers Kevin Yeatman and Sgt. James Horris, a firefight with with the Taliban and a cigarette, 10/28/09. (photo: John Moore/Getty/TIME)
Army soldiers Kevin Yeatman and Sgt. James Horris, a firefight with with the Taliban and a cigarette, 10/28/09. (photo: John Moore/Getty/TIME)




More Troops Not the Answer in Afghanistan

By Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Reader Supported News

06 January 11

 

n response to reports that an additional 1,400 US troops will be deployed to Afghanistan in the coming weeks, I must state that I categorically oppose a further escalation of the US troop presence in Afghanistan.

In 2001, I placed the lone vote against the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Afghanistan because I believed that it might pave the way to open-ended war.

Unfortunately, each week brings additional news that my worst fears have been realized.

This action will further entrench the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan on the false premise of a military-first strategy that has consistently proven itself ineffective and counterproductive.

This latest troop deployment is yet another example of more predictable and misguided recommendations that the situation in Afghanistan demands more time, more lives, and more resources.

Just six months away from the President's pledged start of withdrawal from Afghanistan in July 2011, sending more of our brave men and women in uniform into an impossible situation in Afghanistan is not the answer.

As we enter the 112th Congress, we must make it a top priority to end this war.

That is why I will be reintroducing my legislation to limit funding in Afghanistan to the safe and orderly withdrawal of US troops and military contractors and will further work with my colleagues to hold the President accountable for a significant July reduction in US military presence.

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+7 # Babette Grunow 2011-01-07 04:01
We need more Congresspeople like Barbara Lee who are willing to stand up and take a controversial stand to try and stop this endless war.
 
 
+2 # RICHARDKANEpa 2011-01-07 04:44
I agree but!


Al Qaeda is confident it will bankrupt us and be very disapointed if it doesn't

So I would like to ask Obama to ask France to mediate between us an the Taliban. Afghan President Karzi asked or was it begged Saudi Arabia, Iran and China to mediate.

Obama announcing we are just getting out is better than today, providing Obama also announce even if al Qaeda suicide bombers attack the withdrawal troops and even is a woman is crying on TY that she doesn't want to put a burka on.
 
 
+4 # thomas g. ivester 2011-01-07 09:38
I am in full agreement with the Congresswoman. We should add no more troops and work toward complete disengagement asap.
 
 
+5 # Merschrod 2011-01-07 10:24
The 1,400 troops, at this time of the year are a sign that the plan proposed by McChrystal in 2009 has not been successful and that the report of last week or so that the fusion of the three Taliban forces has reached the tipping point. Unfortunately, tipping against the plan and not the plan tipping against the Taliban movement.

See my longer explanation in Godot.

Our goose is cooking - but others are doig the cooking!
 
 
+3 # Milt Lauenstein 2011-01-07 12:50
What is our objective in Afghanistan? To reduce the number of countries where terrorists can be trained by one? To reduce the number of poorly governed countries by one? Even if we could succeed, who in his right mind could believe that such a negligible change in the world situation be worth the lives, the maiming, and the cost?
This is insanity at its worst!
 
 
+1 # george beres 2011-01-09 21:29
Barbara Lee's courage in being the lone Representative to vote against the invasion of Afghanistan earned here the Wayne Morse Award for Courage in Politics. She continues to merit that kind of recognition. - George Beres, former member of the Morse Corporation Board
 

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