The U.S. occupation of Afghanistan will not last forever. All empires end up leaving.
The question is: How long?
The Obama Administration and NATO are seeking a treaty that would keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan indefinitely as "support." But a recent CBS/N.Y. Times poll found that 80% of the U.S. public wants all troops home by the end of 2014 or sooner (47% want all troops home sooner).
There's a bill in the House of Representatives that would speed it up to RIGHT NOW. The bill has 70 cosponsors.
Let's add 30 more.
Afghanistan is the longest U.S. war ever. Even President George W. Bush created a treaty that required all troops to leave Iraq, and the Iraqis compelled Obama to abide by it. The question now, crazy as it may seem, is whether we can end a war without Bush.
Tell your representative to sign on, your senators to create parallel legislation, and your president to act.
Let's show Obama that we're still for peace.
How long must it take to end a war against al Qaeda in a nation without al Qaeda?
How long to end a war in which our dollars fund both sides?
How long to end a war for women's rights that kills women and their children for an Afghan government that backs wife-beating?
How long to stop pretending this is for our troops while their top cause of death is suicide?
How long to stop spending $300 million per day?
Tell our government the time to end this war is now!
Aimee, David, Sarah
and the RootsAction team
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CBS News/NYT polls: 3/26/12
Thomas: H.R. 780