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Caro presidente Obama......
- Subject: Caro presidente Obama......
- From: rossana <rossana at comodinoposta.org>
- Date: Wed, 07 Oct 2009 22:47:03 +0200
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Da un sito di ragazze femministe ( http://www.allgirlarmy.org/ )
Ho un'ultima domanda presidente Obama, l'Afghanistan è il Vietnam?
Obama si impegna a mantenere segrete le armi nucleari di Israele
Ieri il Senato ha approvato 128 miliardi dollari per le guerre in Iraq e
Stop Funding Endless War
Wednesday 07 October 2009
On the war's eighth anniversary, we urge our president, our Congress and
our country to cut the military purse strings and reject an escalation
of violence in Afghanistan.
Yesterday, the Senate passed $128 billion for the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan. This appropriation could fuel a "surge" in deployment of US
troops to Afghanistan; Gen. Stanley McChrystal recommends an increase of
up to 40,000 soldiers.
If the American people had voted on this latest defense spending
bill, they might well have rejected the funding. Most polls find that a
definitive majority of Americans oppose an escalation of combat troops
in Afghanistan. A recent McClatchy survey found that only 35 percent
favored sending more troops.
This widespread public skepticism is understandable, given the war's
mounting fatality rate. In August, one American died in Afghanistan
every 14 hours. September also took a heavy toll, and 17 US soldiers
have already died in Afghanistan in October.
President Obama has lately shown well-warranted caution in preparing
to deploy more US troops, and remains wary of McChrystal's calls for a
quick escalation. Still, he has not wavered in his support for the war.
"If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger
safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans," the
president said less than two months ago. "So this is not only a war
worth fighting. This is fundamental to the defense of our people."
In the lead-up to last year's election, we hoped that Obama's hawkish
rhetoric on Afghanistan was simply a savvy campaign choice, intended to
capture the votes of "moderates," who feared the prospect of a
soft-on-terror commander in chief. Now we wonder whether Obama has
succumbed to his own warlike words.
Though the Obama administration has rebranded the "war on terror" as
"Overseas Contingency Operations" (or - to distance the name even
further from its brutal reality - "OCO"), its ill-conceived mission and
methods remain the same.
Truthout calls on the Obama administration and Congress to embrace a
firm shift in mindset and engage in the critical thinking necessary to
end the war by peaceful means.
How to prompt this transformation? Last month, Congressman Dennis
Kucinich suggested a logical first step toward halting the military
machine in Afghanistan: cutting its purse strings.
"If the Obama administration refuses to bring this war to an end,
then Congress should use the power of the purse, granted by the
Constitution, to end the war and bring our troops home," Kucinich said.
As Congress debates the much-needed health care reform legislation,
Republicans argue that we cannot afford a massive new spending bill with
the economy in its current condition. They neglect to mention the string
of gargantuan war appropriations bills that have plagued our budget for
eight years. America needs to take care of our needs at home before we
continue to pour billions of dollars into an unwinnable war.
As members of the Senate and House go into conference to decide the
fate of the defense spending bill in the coming weeks - and as they
consider additional war funding for 2011 over the next few months - we
hope they will recognize the futility of escalating violence and the
urgency of searching for peaceful means to end the conflict.
President Obama has called the Afghan conflict a "war of necessity."
We entreat Congress and the administration to reframe the official story
on Afghanistan and reveal the true necessity at hand: to stop funding
directionless violence and bring the troops home.