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Call the White House: we want a real end to the war

Posted by Peace Action West on June 23rd, 2011

From our partners at Peace Action West

Last night, President Obama announced a plan for Afghanistan that will leave nearly 70,000 troops on the ground at the end of his first term. That’s still almost double the number of troops President Bush had in Afghanistan.

Call the White House now at 1-202-456-1111 and tell them you’re disappointed in President Obama’s plan and want to see the war end sooner. Here’s a sample message:

I am disappointed that President Obama’s plan leaves more troops in Afghanistan than the Bush administration had. I want a swift, responsible end to the war with a clear end date.

Then, click here to tell me how your call went.

While the press is portraying this plan as a large withdrawal from Afghanistan, the fact is that the administration is still investing billions of dollars and risking thousands of lives for a failed strategy. And we still don’t know when those 70,000 soldiers will come home to their families, because this plan keeps the longest war in American history going indefinitely. (Read my in-depth analysis about why the president’s plan isn’t strong enough here.)

We need to show President Obama that we’re not satisfied with half measures. Call the White House comment line now at 1-202-456-1111.  Then let me know how it went.

I’m disappointed in President Obama right now, but frankly, I don’t think we’d even be talking about a withdrawal if it were not for the commitment of people like you. And that’s exactly why we can’t stop now.

Just a couple of years ago, Afghanistan was still seen as the “right” war. But thousands like you have added their voices to the demand for peace, and now we’re not debating whether to end the war, but when to end the war. But if we are ever to get a real answer to that question, and get a definite end date for bringing the troops home, we must keep the pressure on. Start now by calling the White House comment line and giving them an earful.

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