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Tell your local press you oppose Obama’s troop surge
Posted by robertgreenwald on December 1st, 2009

After President Obama makes his announcement regarding the troop escalation in Afghanistan, your local press will likely be looking for members of the local community that are eager to respond.

For those of you who have been following our efforts with Rethink Afghanistan, you should contact your local press, explain that you are an activist opposing President Obama’s troop surge, and would like to respond to his announcement with the following points which they can read more about at RethinkAfghanistan.com:

  • The White House has stated that it costs us $1 million per soldier we’re sending to Afghanistan.  That’s about $30 billion that we could be spending domestically. Watch the video
  • US Military action is actively antagonizing Afghans and pushing them to join the Taliban. Watch the video
  • We cannot afford to indefinitely commit countless soldiers to Afghanistan. Watch the video
  • Ultimately, our involvement in Afghanistan is not making us safer. According to President Obama’s National Security Advisor, there are less than 100 Al-Qaeda members left in Afghanistan. Watch the video
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  1. Josephine Soublet says:

    I am absolutely heartbroken that President Obama is going to send more troops into Afghanistan. As the brothers said in the video, “that is not making peace, that is not protecting the Afghani people from the Taliban.” If we really want peace and stability in the region, we need to form structure building alliances. We need to do the equivalent of handing out nylons and chocolates, as the allies did at the end of WWII. If we help them rebuild their infrastructure, get potable water, staff their schools, etc. the Afghani are much more likely to embrace us and reject the Taliban.

  2. Josephine Soublet says:

    I am absolutely heartbroken that President Obama is going to send more troops into Afghanistan. As the brothers said in the video, “that is not making peace, that is not protecting the Afghani people from the Taliban.” If we really want peace and stability in the region, we need to form structure building alliances. We need to do the equivalent of handing out nylons and chocolates, as the allies did at the end of WWII. If we help them rebuild their infrastructure, get potable water, staff their schools, etc. the Afghani are much more likely to embrace us and reject the Taliban.

  3. Name says:

    I am very angry that Obama is escalating this war. And where is the rest of the world. His speech was lies lies lies. I voted for him and will not vote again for him or any other democrat or republican. He is a weak President and care's not at all for the people here. We are just going to get weaker as a nation. Obama You do not represent me!!!!

  4. jasoncapps says:

    President Obama looks very similiar to his neoconservative predecessors with his Dec. 1st speech. My heart goes out to the troops, their families, and the thousands of Afghani civilians who will inevitably die as a result of this disasterous policy. I'm a proud Liberal that is fed up with Obama and his Right-wing policies. We need a viable 3rd party candidate or a true progressive for 2012. Calling Bernie Sanders…

    Jason Capps, Seattle, WA

  5. bad_land24 says:

    Usually special interest groups. Most disagreements could be better solved from the point of view of the “average” citizen by negotiation. However the good of the average citizen does not drive government policies. In most nations there are groups with an axe to grind. Some want more territory or access to resources, some are hateful of other ethnic or religious bands, and some simply want to sell their goods or services to the highest bidder. War creates a bigger market for certain specialized goods and services. For some private companies and certain branches of government, peace is a disaster.

    When the decision is being made whether or not to go to war, special interest groups are much more influential than the average citizen. Here are five to consider.

    1. The profit motive is always present for the
    companies who supply war materials. (Now that the United States has privatized many aspects of war-making, these types of companies have proliferated and tasted the honey. This lobby will be gaining in power.)

    2. Military and intelligence branches of government that
    do business with the aforementioned companies are staffed with people who have made a career of war and may be looking to be hired by one of the companies they are doing business with after their government service is over. These branches also directly benefit from war by having their budgets increased and their sense of importance raised. Also, once a war starts, prior intelligence failures or missed opportunities may be glossed over by the need to address the crisis at hand. Critical oversight is weakened.

    3. Access to territory and
    the natural resources in it can motivate non-military companies or special interest groups to promote a war as a means of gaining preferential access.

    4. If a religious disagreement is involved,
    the religious group most savvy in lobbying the government may join forces with the other interest groups to sell the conflict. They may never realize a true long term benefit, but they can vociferously support a war anyway.

    5. In modern society, the media may also be
    enlisted to sell war. If media outlets find they will be rewarded for sending pro-war messages or disseminating false or misleading information, the profit motive may cause them to avoid or minimize anti-war messages or opinions. A threat to withhold the purchase of ad time or to boycott advertised products could also be used to alter the media slant on a conflict. Even letter writing or e-mail campaigns, if well organized, could serve to pressure media to favor a particular line of reasoning. The average citizen writes no letter, sends no e-mail to the media, so a small, focused minority can seem larger than life.

    After the decision has been made to attack, it becomes very difficult to change course later, even if other facts come to light. In the worst scenario, some early military successes embolden the politicians to broaden the scope of the war, and serve to quiet dissent. This can lead to a world war. Even when things eventually turn bad in the public eye, what politician could hope to succeed in the government by stating “I was duped by special interests into a stupid war, and a lot of people died unneccessarily, but I'll do better next time”? At this point instead of inviting the citizens to question the workings of the government, politicians emphasize patriotism and religion to keep the populace in line. No one wants to seem unpatriotic when their relatives are dying in combat. In WWII, the Germans put “Gott mit Uns” on their soldiers belt buckles.

  6. tlwinslow says:

    $30 billion a year isn't enough to scratch Obama's hiney, only $8 a month per citizen, sorry. Instead of calling for the U.S. to pull out of Afghanistan and let the horrible Taliban move in and set up Sharia again then invite their al-Qaida buddies back so they can work together to destabilize Pakistan and get their hands on nukes to set off in New York and Washington DC, requiring the U.S. to probably have to restore the draft and call up millions, why not let him have a chance to let his plan work? All he wants is for the Afghanis to be able to defend themselves, then pull out with women still keeping their c-words and not getting acid splashed in their faces for trying to go to school. Not to mention the 400K Shiite Hazaris that the Sunni Taliban was in the process of committing genocide against until the U.S. troops stopped them.

    If you don't understand the 7th cent. Sharia mindset and why it makes extremist Muslims the enemy of the civilized world, feel free to study up on the history of the rise, spread and core beliefs of Islam with the Historyscoper online at http://go.to/islamhistory

  7. tlwinslow says:

    $30 billion a year isn't enough to scratch Obama's hiney, only $8 a month per citizen, sorry. Instead of calling for the U.S. to pull out of Afghanistan and let the horrible Taliban move in and set up Sharia again then invite their al-Qaida buddies back so they can work together to destabilize Pakistan and get their hands on nukes to set off in New York and Washington DC, requiring the U.S. to probably have to restore the draft and call up millions, why not let him have a chance to let his plan work? All he wants is for the Afghanis to be able to defend themselves, then pull out with women still keeping their c-words and not getting acid splashed in their faces for trying to go to school. Not to mention the 400K Shiite Hazaris that the Sunni Taliban was in the process of committing genocide against until the U.S. troops stopped them.

    If you don't understand the 7th cent. Sharia mindset and why it makes extremist Muslims the enemy of the civilized world, feel free to study up on the history of the rise, spread and core beliefs of Islam with the Historyscoper online at http://go.to/islamhistory

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