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Brave Afghan Vet Demands Answers from Congress

Posted by robertgreenwald on April 23rd, 2009

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Everything we have all worked toward in our Rethink Afghanistan campaign — interviewing experts, airing debates, passing around parts of the documentary, and signing the petition for Congressional oversight hearings — is starting to pay off. Thanks to your efforts, we were able to bring Rick Reyes, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, to Congress’s attention.

Reyes, a former Corporal in the US Marines of unquestionable military experience and patriotism, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Reyes was powerful and truthful as he expressed serious discontent with the current mission in Afghanistan, telling Congress, “Sending more troops will not make the US safer, it will only build more opposition against us.” It is fitting then, that Reyes sat across from committee Chairman Senator John Kerry, considering yesterday marked the 38th anniversary of when Kerry sat before the same committee, electrifying the nation with his account of the Vietnam War.

Reyes’s testimony raises critical concerns that Congress must address before approving a massive supplemental war funding bill in the next few weeks. Let’s work to halt this war funding bill by calling our Representatives, and urging them not to vote for it until all the questions raised in these hearings have been answered. If you’re not sure who represents you, find out here.

We couldn’t have brought Reyes to Congress’s attention without you. Help us by making a donation of $20, $30, $50, or even $100 to this campaign today, so we can continue making your voices heard in Congress. Your support is paramount to continue the work we’re doing; clearly it’s having an impact! As Reyes told Congress, “I urge you on behalf of truth and patriotism to consider carefully and rethink Afghanistan. More troops, more occupation is not the answer.”

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  1. maddogger says:

    Is Rick Reyes (Veterans Against the War) the new John Kerry (Vietnam Veterans Against the War)>w

  2. DAVE KNOX says:

    Reyes…..not an American. He wouldn't be here if his parents wouldn't have illegally migrated to this country.

    This is an insult & A kick in the butt for us all~~~~

    And this on top of the stimulus bill too.

    This is an insult and a kick in the butt to all of us…
    Get mad and pass it on – I don't know how, but maybe some good will come of this travesty.
    If the immigrant is over 65, they can apply for SSI and Medicaid and get more than a woman on Social Security, who worked from 1944
    until 2004. She is only getting $791 per month because she was born in 1924 and there's a 'catch 22'.

    It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890. Each can also obtain an
    additional $580 in social assistance, for a total of $2,470 a month. This compares to a single pensioner, who after contributing to
    the growth and development of America for 40 to 50 years, can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012 in old age pension and
    Guaranteed Income Supplement.

    Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!
    Consider sending this to all your American friends, so we can all be ticked off and maybe get the refugees cut back to $1,012 and the
    pensioners up to $2,470. (Better yet, don't give the illegal immigrants anything except a one way ticket to their homeland.Then we can enjoy some of the money we were forced to submit to the Government over the last 40 or 50 or 60 years .

    Please forward to every American to expose what our elected politicians have been doing over the past 11 years to the over-taxed American.

    SEND THIS TO EVERY AMERICAN TAXPAYER YOU KNOW

  3. DAVE KNOX says:

    Reyes…..not an American. He wouldn't be here if his parents wouldn't have illegally migrated to this country.
    This is an insult & A kick in the butt for us all~~~~

    And this on top of the stimulus bill too.

    This is an insult and a kick in the butt to all of us…
    Get mad and pass it on – I don't know how, but maybe some good will come of this travesty.
    If the immigrant is over 65, they can apply for SSI and Medicaid and get more than a woman on Social Security, who worked from 1944
    until 2004. She is only getting $791 per month because she was born in 1924 and there's a 'catch 22'.

    It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890. Each can also obtain an
    additional $580 in social assistance, for a total of $2,470 a month. This compares to a single pensioner, who after contributing to
    the growth and development of America for 40 to 50 years, can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012 in old age pension and
    Guaranteed Income Supplement.

    Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!
    Consider sending this to all your American friends, so we can all be ticked off and maybe get the refugees cut back to $1,012 and the
    pensioners up to $2,470. (Better yet, don't give the illegal immigrants anything except a one way ticket to their homeland.Then we can enjoy some of the money we were forced to submit to the Government over the last 40 or 50 or 60 years .

    Please forward to every American to expose what our elected politicians have been doing over the past 11 years to the over-taxed American.

    SEND THIS TO EVERY AMERICAN TAXPAYER YOU KNOW

  4. arminus1 says:

    If no troops are present in Afghanistan … how do you want to prevent new
    terrorist training camps to be established there in the future, and new terrorist
    attacks commited against innocent Americans and other people around the
    world?

    I was born in West Berlin after World War II, and I have only the best memories
    in connection with the U. S. military. Thanks to American soldiers and their
    activities in Germany, I was able to grow up in a free society, while people in
    the Soviet occupied East Germany had to suffer from living conditions that
    Americans would never accept.

    More 9-11 style terror attacks would destroy what's left of the Western
    economies and bring new hardships to everyone here. I don't think you can
    imagine, what our future would look like under those conditions. I am very
    concerned about such a future.

  5. arminus1 says:

    If no troops are present in Afghanistan … how do you want to prevent new
    terrorist training camps to be established there in the future, and new terrorist
    attacks commited against innocent Americans and other people around the
    world?

    I was born in West Berlin after World War II, and I have only the best memories
    in connection with the U. S. military. Thanks to American soldiers and their
    activities in Germany, I was able to grow up in a free society, while people in
    the Soviet occupied East Germany had to suffer from living conditions that
    Americans would never accept.

    More 9-11 style terror attacks would destroy what's left of the Western
    economies and bring new hardships to everyone here. I don't think you can
    imagine, what our future would look like under those conditions. I am very
    concerned about such a future.

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