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There are almost twice as many U.S. troops in Afghanistan now as when Barack Obama became president.[1]

We're still spending over $10 million every hour (even during a government shutdown) for a war in Afghanistan that has now completed its 12th year and begins its 13th today.[2] This spending drains rather than fuels the U.S. economy.[3]

Tell Congress and the President enough is enough -- end it now.


Inflicting more war on Afghanistan has involved the killing of thousands of civilians.[4]

Experts in the U.S., British, and Afghan governments agree that this is making us less safe, not protecting us.[5]

There is no up side. End it now. Click here.

President Obama is trying to negotiate an agreement with corrupt lame-duck President Hamid Karzai to keep some U.S. troops in Afghanistan indefinitely, with immunity from prosecution for crimes[6] and the right to continue attacking Afghans including with raids on their homes at night.[7]

This could mean nine major U.S. military bases remaining in Afghanistan at a huge cost in dollars, lives, safety, and environmental destruction for decades to come.[8]

It's time we come to our senses -- or, rather, persuade Congress to join the U.S. public, as we did so successfully on the question of firing missiles into Syria.  Year Number 13 is not going to be the lucky one. The trends of the past dozen years are not going to reverse. Afghanistan needs humanitarian aid, not the death and destruction that our government calls "military aid."

Please add your voice today: No permanent bases. No "drawdown" going on and on. End the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Bring home all the U.S. troops and military contractors!

And -- Important! -- please forward this to everyone you know among the vast majority of us who want the U.S. forces brought home ASAP.[9]

-- The RootsAction.org team

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Footnotes:  
1. AFP: Hagel Hopes Deal By End October On U.S. Forces
2. CostOfWar.com
3. PERI: Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending
4. The Nation: The Deaths of Afghans
5. Fred Branfman: Even Warriors Say Wars Make Us Less Safe
6. Washington Post: Security Agreement with the U.S. Still on Hold
7. CBS: Afghanistan: U.S. Blocking Deal on Future Security Pact
8. Ann Jones: The Forgotten War: 12 Years in Afghanistan
9. Polling Report: Afghanistan

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