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Meet Derrick Crowe: Rethink Afghanistan

Posted by robertgreenwald on January 11th, 2010

Brave New Foundation just hired Derrick Crowe as a political associate to work on their Rethink Afghanistan campaign.

Derrick needs your help finding footage of your Member of Congress or Senator talking about past war supplemental funding bills so we can hold them accountable in future videos. Send your footage to derrick@bravenewfoundation.org.

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  1. michael says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we get support of Church Groups on this ?
    Whats about Movies Stras too ? Rock Stars ? Famous Writers ?
    Talk show and Radio Hosts ?
    I know.I know …sounds corny,,,but it helps ! Thats Media for you !
    Take Care
    Michael J.Koval U.S.Ex-pat Moscow Russia
    at jayamadhava@hotmail.com

  2. michael says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we get support of Church Groups on this ?
    Whats about Movies Stras too ? Rock Stars ? Famous Writers ?
    Talk show and Radio Hosts ?
    I know.I know …sounds corny,,,but it helps ! Thats Media for you !
    Take Care
    Michael J.Koval U.S.Ex-pat Moscow Russia
    at jayamadhava@hotmail.com

  3. michael says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we get support of Church Groups on this ?
    Whats about Movies Stras too ? Rock Stars ? Famous Writers ?
    Talk show and Radio Hosts ?
    I know.I know …sounds corny,,,but it helps ! Thats Media for you !
    Take Care
    Michael J.Koval U.S.Ex-pat Moscow Russia
    at jayamadhava@hotmail.com

  4. michael says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we get support of Church Groups on this ?
    Whats about Movies Stras too ? Rock Stars ? Famous Writers ?
    Talk show and Radio Hosts ?
    I know.I know …sounds corny,,,but it helps ! Thats Media for you !
    Take Care
    Michael J.Koval U.S.Ex-pat Moscow Russia
    at jayamadhava@hotmail.com

  5. michael says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we get support of Church Groups on this ?
    Whats about Movies Stras too ? Rock Stars ? Famous Writers ?
    Talk show and Radio Hosts ?
    I know.I know …sounds corny,,,but it helps ! Thats Media for you !
    Take Care
    Michael J.Koval U.S.Ex-pat Moscow Russia
    at jayamadhava@hotmail.com

  6. michael says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we get support of Church Groups on this ?
    Whats about Movies Stras too ? Rock Stars ? Famous Writers ?
    Talk show and Radio Hosts ?
    I know.I know …sounds corny,,,but it helps ! Thats Media for you !
    Take Care
    Michael J.Koval U.S.Ex-pat Moscow Russia
    at jayamadhava@hotmail.com

  7. michael says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we get support of Church Groups on this ?
    Whats about Movies Stras too ? Rock Stars ? Famous Writers ?
    Talk show and Radio Hosts ?
    I know.I know …sounds corny,,,but it helps ! Thats Media for you !
    Take Care
    Michael J.Koval U.S.Ex-pat Moscow Russia
    at jayamadhava@hotmail.com

  8. michael says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we get support of Church Groups on this ?
    Whats about Movies Stras too ? Rock Stars ? Famous Writers ?
    Talk show and Radio Hosts ?
    I know.I know …sounds corny,,,but it helps ! Thats Media for you !
    Take Care
    Michael J.Koval U.S.Ex-pat Moscow Russia
    at jayamadhava@hotmail.com

  9. michael says:

    Hello Sir,
    Can we get support of Church Groups on this ?
    Whats about Movies Stras too ? Rock Stars ? Famous Writers ?
    Talk show and Radio Hosts ?
    I know.I know …sounds corny,,,but it helps ! Thats Media for you !
    Take Care
    Michael J.Koval U.S.Ex-pat Moscow Russia
    at jayamadhava@hotmail.com

  10. michael says:

    I meant ROCK STARS sorry for the typo–Michael K.

  11. michael says:

    The typo was Movie STARS–Michael K

  12. john j Campbell says:

    I was praying that Pres Oboma would not make the same stupid mistake that Pres.Johnson made by not pulling out or Viet Nanm after Pres.Kennedy was murdered.Yet,years later and 55,000 deaths later Johnson pulled out.Afghanistan is a no win war.The British and the Russians,to name a few,did not win and we are on the same track.Lets get out before we waste more men and money and a one term for Mr.Oboma.Lets face it this War is destroying our man power and economy. In plain English GET OUT before its to damm late.

  13. Tom Brand says:

    Afganistan….The stated ratioanale for sending more American troops the is that if we don't stop “them” there they will come over here and do us harm. This to me is a profound insult to all of our police and ou other domestic security forces. As if we at home here cannot handle these potential (mostly incompetent) attackers

  14. Bob Hauser says:

    Well spoken…see what I can do about digging up footage

  15. Bob Hauser says:

    It has been said that America gets itself committed to a major military conflict once every 21 years or so as I recall…that is about the length of one generation….that obviously fails to learn from the previous. The national epic of the Finns is the Haleakavela (I can't vouch for the exact spelling) and it has kept them at peace since the so called “war of continuation” of 1944….a peace play. But the Finns are not slaves to a debt currency banking swindle like the misnomered “federal reserve bank” which gets filthy stinking rich off every dead American soldier and innocent civilian. Until the “fed” is held to task…until we HEED the words of Smedley Darlington Butler and take the profit out of war and hold punishable those who instigate it, finance it from BOTH sides so as to profit off it…we will continue to see this insane carnage under the banner of one pretext after another …such as “protecting ourselves from terrorism” or some other lying flatulaence, such as we now hear out of Obama and did from Bush

  16. meangreen1 says:

    Hear,Hear, i second that john j campbell

  17. Andy says:

    Dear John,
    Russians (Soviets), just like British Empire DID win in Afghanistan.
    For instance their Babrak Karmal was just not able to glue the country after a few years of ruling. Armed forces controlled everything strategically. Off coarse, there were partizans, rebels or opposition – anyway u'll call them. In order to bring them together u need long development without external invasion. But Socialistic movement was disrupted from inside, not due to luck of occupational military plans. Afghans were tried great lives under Noor Muhammad Taraki, before CIA corrupted his cabinet. Dig up the Internet on this name – you'll be amused how much Afghan people achieved in such a short time.
    It is not true that British occupational forces being EVER defeated in Afghan.

  18. love2healnow says:

    Dead on Bob. Have you seen Zeitgeist Addendum? They talk about the Fed and give a clear picture and explanation of what the Fed is and what thye've been doing. There is also a movement of people now gathering that wants to spread that knowledge. You are obviously already aware of the ugly reality, and might want to join with others in figuring out new and better ways of living. Thanks for your post, I enjoy hearing someone who can see what's going on.

  19. Kat E says:

    I ran into a site while surfing the net that said that the war in Afghanistan was being planed before 9/11 and the reason is a gas pipe line that is needed to go through Afghanistan. Has anyone heard about this? I would like Mr. Crowe to look into this and let us know if there is anything to this or just another conspiracy theory.

  20. Hieronymous says:

    “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes … known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
    – James Madison

  21. ckwahine says:

    I would really like this campaign to take an additional approach to convincing the American public that having our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else they could be perceived as occupiers, is the worst possible approach. The thought is simple: People of every nation value their culture and national autonomy. For the Americans who are oh-so U.S.-centric, ask them to imagine a foreign government and foreign troops coming into this country and into their communities. How would they feel? What would result? Rebellion? Armed militias? Of course! So how is that any different from the reaction of the ordinary Iraqis or Afghanis who end up joining the Taliban or Al Quiada out of hatred for U.S. meddling and occupation? Add in the U.S. control over financing, oil, infrastructure, etc., and those people have a lot of reason to resent, if not hate, the U.S. presence in their countries. Here in the U.S. some people blame immigrants on taking jobs, and those are mostly the lowest jobs on the totem pole. Imagine if a more powerful force than the U.S. government were here making rules, policing, and imposing curfews, etc? In order for this campaign to really work, the average Joe in the U.S. needs to have something to compare this occupation to here at home. The longer we meddle with other people, the more terrorists will be recruited, out of resentment. People, especially Americans should understand not liking being told what to do and how to do it – especially by outsiders! As for those who say we have to go after the terrorist and 9-11 perpetrators: Don't you think support for these people would fade away if we were perceived as the “bigger” ones by stepping away? And then the governments of nations where terrorists are hiding would be less afraid to go after them if they weren't afraid of being deemed pawns of the U.S. and therefore subject to political uprising?

  22. Frank Campbell says:

    Derrick,
    Welcome aboard.
    BNF is doing a great job but I hope we are not just preaching to the choir. I think the general public needs to be fully aware of the
    ruinous effects these endless “wars on terror” are having on America.
    Keep the pressure.

  23. Jack says:

    WERE AFGHAN CHILDREN EXECUTED BY US-LED FORCES?
    See this:-
    http://www.medialens.org/alerts/10/100111_were_...

  24. marccherbonnier says:

    Sell the savings if we switched from military option to an international police option. Savings are in dollars and avoided indiscriminate civilian deaths of civilians.

    Sell the fact there is no clear understanding of what “winning” means.

    Acquaint the public with the concept that our extended and larger military occupation does not improve anything. Rather, it is the major factor inciting fundamentalist Taliban to fight to eject our military.

    Educate that “surges,” drone bombings, and other military strategies serve only to further incite the Taliban. Leading to, in some cases, joining up with Al Qaida fighters when they otherwise wouldn't to eject the US military.

    The answer is a “Super-InterPol” with coordinated multi-national intelligence, using NATO military support only as required.

  25. Bob Hauser says:

    No…there is at least an element of truth to it: it was mentioned in detail some while back —they evened named the pipeline and its proposed route. Afghanistan may not be oil rich nor rich in any other way but it could save the petrobucks types untold billions by routing their crude directly across Afghanistan while simultaneously seeing that the people there don't realize a dime out of it…

  26. abudumukarram says:

    I believe that Rethink Afghanistan would do an even better job if more stories like the one about Helen Thomas were constantly brought to light. Shaun (I hate anyone with common sense) Hannity used the story but, he purposely cut it short when it got to the why the majority of the Middle Eastern world hates America. http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/010810b.html

  27. Jack says:

    Thanks abudumukarram, excellent link

  28. Bob Hauser says:

    Did in fact—-excellently assembled production….instructively enough, it has been constantly and repeatedly banned from You Tube. I believe the ilk of dirt that run You Tube and particularly those who, without any show of just cause or any excuse for commonsense reason scrub and censor all manner of productions off the tube with their coprophagous homegrown “algorithm” should be taken for a nice long walk on a short pier.

  29. reedsong1001 says:

    Terrorists are criminals, not soldiers. We dignify them as soldiers when we turn the fight against terrorism into a war.

  30. isabellahalsted says:

    I hope that you saw the half hour program “NOW” this past Friday evening (January 8th) with David Braccaccio. Fridays program was unusual, I felt, because the entire time was spent on the ground in Waziristan, with a Pakistani or Afghani reporter (I'm not sure which) who was himself Muslim and was able to talk with Muslim leaders in the area who are interested in getting rid of the Taliban. It was an excellent half hour, the first time I've felt that I was seeing something real, unedited, and useful for enhancing understanding of the impossible situation there (exacerbated by U.S. drones).

  31. gwayne56 says:

    A look way back in history to the times of Alexander the Great. Alexander set out to conquer the world and stopped in the mountains of Afghanistan – where we are attempting to placate the native Afghan population. The tribes who have controlled the mountains of Afghanistan have always fought for their people. Right now these tribes have no love for the Taliban nor Al Qaeda. The more the tribal leaders see the destruction of their people's buildings and the killing of innocent civilians, the more they will take the side of the radical groups.

    Another lesson to be learned is that Russia destroyed the crops leaving little tillable land for the Afghan people. If we try to eradicate the poppy fields we will only add to the already high level of anger towards us by both the tribal leaders and the civilian population.

  32. Andy says:

    How old are you, qwayne56 and what kind of medicine do they prescribed for you to use? Soviets, NOT RUSSIANS, did not destroy any crops in Afghan back in 1979-89.

    And the Alexander the Great passed Hindu Kush (Gindukush) and get into India up to the river Ganga (Gang). And if there were any tribes along his march they were either slammed, killed or aliased to him.
    Please check back your World History scores before you post.
    “In the Spring of 329, Alexander crossed the Hindu Kush from Gandara toBactria in order to pursue the Persian leader Bessus. The best description is that of the Roman author Quintus Curtius Rufus, who based his account on earlier, Greek sources.”
    Section 7.4.20-25 of his History of Alexander the Great of Macedoniawas translated by John Yardley.

    “For two years Alexander moves through his newly acquired empire (which stretches north beyond Samarkand and eastwards through modern Afghanistan) subduing any pockets of opposition and establishing Greek settlements. Then he goes further, in 327, through the mountain passes into India.

    One of the towns founded by Alexander in India is called Bucephala. It is named to commemorate his famous horse, Bucephalus, which dies here at what turns out to be the furthest point of this astonishing expedition. Alexander's troops threaten to mutiny in the Indian monsoon. At last, in 325, he turns for home

    Read more: http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHi...

  33. Kolyan says:

    Unfortunately, you folks are a product of propaganda. The Taleban people want to leave alone of so-called “Western goodies”. Look and fix your own country. As a matter of fact, religious folks – are the best soldiers in the world. You have absolutely no clue about it and placing such a cnnable cliche.

  34. Kolya says:

    I'd suggest that we all together STOP call them “terrorists”. They are simply oppositions. Yes, they do fight for their rights and beliefs. WHEN they will come to YOUR land and fight YOU, then you may call them anyhow u'd like. We have NO BUSINESS to judge them, absolutely not. Simply bc no one really knows what is going on in there.

  35. Kolya says:

    Dear Kat,
    Check this one out: http://www.worldpress.org/specials/pp/pipeline_...
    I hop you'll get a grip on the answer.

  36. MrAfghan1 says:

    Silly Earthlings: Just like Bush, Obama is in league with the Big Banks, Wall Street, the military-industrial-congressional complex and the huge, yet “non existent” Israeli lobby. Obama is Bush III with a makeover on steroids. The Bush III administration marches on as it keeps the one government party with two heads and their opinion cartel in power along with the same disastrous foreign policy.

  37. Monday~1-11-2009 ~ Hola Brother Derrick ~ I was so outraged then left with sorrow when the Obama Regime came out in favor of the Afghan War by sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. In symbolic protest I quit the Democratic Party after, the same as many progressives, voting for President Obama. Now I am now a radical independent.

    I am a humane rights activist online and offline in my local area and will follow and encourage your endeavors.

    ~Peter-de-Aztlan~ Sacramento, California
    http://twitter.com/Peta_de_Aztlan
    c/s

  38. reedsong1001 says:

    Everyone is a product of the propaganda of whoever they ordain as teacher(s). I am glad that people are looking for alternatives to the “Western goodies”. I also agree that USA should fix itself first.
    Although, religion often is a motive for war, mature religion tries to stop them.
    However, the abuse of women, often by the Taliban, are shameful criminal (& cowardly) and should be dealt with as such, not by NATO, but by local & a regional alliance

  39. gregmyga says:

    Hey Derrick and Braves-I was Informed that we have only Atlanta and Natives braves on this land.Nice to hear,that other American People are pretending to be BRAVES.
    RETHING AFGANISTAN-very interesting,but as far as I am concerned,thinking is weakest side of American people.
    You are masters of deception-masters of yapping-masters of SNAFU.
    How the hell You came to this??? Rethink Afganistan.
    Do You really know what is Afganistan from other then local PROPAGANDA resources???
    I am Russian speaking Polack, and I met lots of young BRAVES who
    were there.They survived somehow
    ,and they are whackojackokucku.
    We American People have no bussines there,other then dirty money for traitors and JUDASES.Defending America there sounds like blasphemy.
    We are begging for WHIPPING ,and we get it.
    Wormongering military industrialists are rulers of this Nation, and unfortunately,our leaders are siting in their pockets.JUDASES-TRAITORS.
    Can We create something more real then JUST RETHINK.???

  40. Peggy says:

    I am very shocked that Pres. Obama is sending 35,000 more troops to a country that is already so devastated by war. How can we stop this needless escalation?

  41. jimwhalen says:

    Im a retired electrical lineman from KCMo. Im 74 and have lived all those years with eyes wide open.Its necessary to survive in my chosen field of employment.So I recall 9-11,going after Osama in Afga. and then watching in disgust as the tragic series of awful mistakes killed even more Americans.Obama is doing all he can with this mess and we must let him.I dont like it one dam bit but we were put in this spot by the very people who are reaping hughe dollae profits and political advantage.These people I am refering to are worse than any terroist,communist,or tyrant in history.May God help us and I may be old but thousands just like me will still fight!!! JIM

  42. ckwahine says:

    Absolutely correct, and point well taken. “Opposition” is the correct term in my last sentence, as opposed to “terrorists.” A “terrible” slip of the tongue.

  43. Bob Hauser says:

    jimwhalen….well at least your eyes were half wide open enough to see that America's very unwelcome and very lawless intrusion into the affairs of Iraq/Afghanistan were for MONEY and that the war profiteers like Ben Bernanke should hang for treasonand war crimes….but your obvious blind faith in the mechanical talking monkey is just that BLIND. The Obamanation is nothing more than a self-serving throwaway tool for the exact same jewish financiers and warbucks mattoids that controlled Bush….do you really think there is two rotten cents' worth of difference?

  44. Bob Hauser says:

    By impeachment and criminal prosecution….ever hear of impeachment? You and you alone can actually file a complaint against Obama and his OATH VIOLATING with your nearest federal grand jury…..your local county district attorney can in fact bring homicide charges against Obama if so little as one person from your county has been killed in Obama's obvious following along in Bush's paw tracks.

  45. Bob Hauser says:

    That is pure crap, Andy…The Brits got the Hell beat out of them in the First Anglo-Afghan War of 1838-1842 when Ephinstone's army was massacred along the Kabul R. all the way to Gandamak right down to the last man but one, and he just barely dragged his ass to the garrison at Jalalaba. In the first War the Brits lost 2500 to the Afghans 1500. Later in 1880 in the Second War at Maiwand the Brits got badly stomped again by superior artillery and infantry strategy of the Afghans. In the Third War of May 1919 the Brits lost 2000 to the Afghans' 1000 and were finally and eventually forced completely out of Afghanistan the same as they were out of another of the many places they never belonged….Egypt. What else would you call these if not “defeats”? The battle Azmei Heights in Afghanistan was sure as Hell a British defeat and, like most, one well deserved.

  46. Richard jamieson says:

    We have too much expenses all ready. We do not need another one (The Afganstan War) plus we will be able to save many lives, our own plus all of the civilians in Afganstan. Our economy is bad, and how do we recover from all of the bailouts, most of which were stupid.

  47. Berry_Ives says:

    Jeff Bingaman on Supplemental war funding. Not much here, really, but here it is:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJPD6T7AcjA

  48. Berry Ives says:

    And here is NM's other senator on Afghanistan war funding:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fot9E2bfOsw

    (it's at about 3:30 min into the recording)

  49. lookingback says:

    I am English by birth. I have lived in Europe before coming to and settling in the USA. A great country but one that needs better education – particularly in world history (of which the USA is now a great part). I can remember as a boy seeing scrawled on the walls around the suburbs of London, “Yanks Go Home”! Just after WWII. The Brits consider the Americans to be some of their greatest allies, but like all other races denigrate the American culture (or lack of it…). It is time to realize that as the previous writer shared, meddling with cultures breeds terrorism. The English discovered from the time of Oliver Cromwell, that the Irish did not appreciate being administered by the English (the IRA was the result in modern times), the Scots felt the same. Imagine if the European settlers had discovered a coherent band of natives in North America – terrorism would have been discovered earlier.
    The book by one of my American hero's, Greg Mortenson, “Three Cups of Tea” shows how to impact a country's culture in a good and positive way. It doesn't cost as much in treasure or in blood. Until the entire population is educated, jobs and agriculture are offered, they will always object to Americans as they did with the Russians, the English before that and other cultures.

  50. leeschwartz says:

    thank you for this forum. it often feels as though no one is listening, or at least most people don't get it. derrick i'm sure you have read the krakauer book about pat tillman-i swear it makes it so clear that we can never win any ground in any way over there, and that we are just sending our men and women to useless slaughter. worse than viet nam-way worse. we will simply lose 1000's of ours, kill many innocent citizens, and kill a few enemy that will just be just as strong, if not stronger when we finally leave. if you agree, do you think it might help to promote that book a little more, so that the average joe that might be attracted to it, would be similarly impressed. thank you so much for what you are doing. p.s. i don't know krakauer or care in any way to promote his success, but i do think that it is a very important piece of work for our cause.

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