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A Conservative/ Republican Response to the Pro-War Movement

Posted by Jake Diliberto on October 24th, 2009

Recent activity by the PAC veterans group “Vets for Freedom” is
mobilizing veterans from Afghanistan to come to Capitol Hill and
advocate for sending in more troops.  This is taking place on Nov 5th.
http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/vets_on_the_hill_afghanistan/

Hopefully I will be in Washington during this same time with Malalai
Joya former Afghan Parliament member. In opposition of this movement,
however, it seems to me this idea of troops lobbying for more troops
is missing the point of this war.

While turning a blind eye to devastation that is taking place, this
PAC is advocating for supporting a military solution to what counter
insurgency expert Dr. David Kilcullen calls “not feasible”. In recent
emails with Dr. Kilcullen reporters and scholars have published him
stating “we may not necessarily need that many more combat troops to
do so (secure the people). the key problem is political: delivering
effective and legitimate governance that meets Afghans’ needs.”

This being the case, the people who know best how to solve the
problems are Afghani’s and they are telling us, “WE (the U.S.) DONT
GET IT”. Malalai Joya was a woman serving in the Afghanistan
Parliament and she is telling us the same thing our counterinsurgency
experts are, “the solution is not massive miltary intervention”.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jul/25/afghanistan-occupation-taliban-warlords

Apart from that, the historical experience of our great nation still
to this day has failed to hear the voices of the minority or
oppressed such as the Afghanistan people demanding we leave.  (
http://rethinkafghanistan.com/cc.php )

As a vet, I am all for the freedom of speech and advocacy, it furthers
the debate and the discussion, however, when the debate of sending in
more troops is being conducted by a PAC funded by the folks who
started this Global War on Terror ( http://www.prwatch.org/node/4916
), I feel it convolutes the discussion and blinds us from hearing the
story clearly.

The failure of our time is our refusal to listen to the voices of the
overlooked- the Afghanistan people.  Recent opinion poll done by
ABC/BBC has 60-70 % of Afghans do not want us there anymore. (
http://www.cmi.no/pdf/?file=/afghanistan/doc/1083a1Afghanistan2009.pdf

It seems to me that our soldiers campaigning on capitol hill for a
war that the Afghanis do not want is undeniably wrong.
We need to respond to our troops and support them, by dealing with
this issue the right way. We can deal with this the right way by

going past the age old phrase”support the troops” and
actually support them by giving them an achievable mission.
In this time supporting the troops coincides with listening to the
Afghanistan people, and they are telling us
this is not going to work, no matter how many troops are there.

Secondly, who says “supporting the troops” forces the American people
into believing in an escalation?  It seems to me soldiers do not like
war, but they unselfishly willingly go to protect their brothers and
sisters in arms, and also to follow the orders of the President to
protect this great nation.

As a Veteran, I can say who cares what we say if the local people on
the ground do not want it.  Forget about politics, strategy, and
supporting our troops for a brief second, and consider the people who
the war is going to effect for decades to come.  This requires listening to what this
profound majority want, that seems to tell us to go home.

As Veterans, we need to stop the pro-war/anti-war extremism and start
the conversion process to rethink things through from beginning to
end.  How was this war started?  How did we add to the problem? How
can we appropriately deal with 9/11?  How can we continue to flourish
and not oppress?

As two time medal of honor winner Smedly Butler says, “War is a
Racket” and I agree war is a racket and we need to try to work for the
conversion towards another approach.

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  1. [...] A Conservative/ Republican Response to the Pro-War Movement. By Jake Diliberto 2009 October 24 by kanan48 Via: Rethink Afghanistan. [...]

  2. E. Allmond says:

    Afghanistan is a volatile region of the world. Afghanistan has always been a volatile region of the world. No country has ever succeeded in taming the fires that flare violently from time to time.

    To participate is to fan these fires. What are the core reasons for wanting to fan these fires? What is to be gained from imposing a form of governance that the region has never seen and may not, as a whole, desire?

    Those areas who will be friendly and more like us governmentally will be that; areas that don't wish to walk that path will not.

    Is the issue that simple to anyone else?

  3. E. Allmond says:

    Afghanistan is a volatile region of the world. Afghanistan has always been a volatile region of the world. No country has ever succeeded in taming the fires that flare violently from time to time.

    To participate is to fan these fires. What are the core reasons for wanting to fan these fires? What is to be gained from imposing a form of governance that the region has never seen and may not, as a whole, desire?

    Those areas who will be friendly and more like us governmentally will be that; areas that don't wish to walk that path will not.

    Is the issue that simple to anyone else?

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