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Help bring the troops home from Afghanistan.

Dear Friend,

After 10 years, almost $600 billion of U.S. taxpayer dollars, the lives of over 2,000 American service members, 18,000 wounded, and countless Afghan military and civilian lives, it's clear that continued U.S. occupation of Afghanistan is not in either nation's interest.

As President Barack Obama prepares for his second term in Washington, the Pentagon is providing him with a set of recommendations for U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. The time is now to put pressure on members of Congress to bring our troops home and end the occupation of Afghanistan as swiftly and responsibly as possible.

Fortunately, two members of Congress — Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) — have written a bipartisan letter urging President Obama to pursue an accelerated withdrawal of our troops and end the decade-long war in Afghanistan as soon as it can be safely and responsibly accomplished.

Reps. Lee and Jones have asked their colleagues to sign the letter, but your member of Congress, Representative Leonard Boswell, hasn't yet.

Tell Representative Boswell: Co-sign the Lee-Jones letter to President Obama, calling for an accelerated end to the war in Afghanistan. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

At a time when President Obama and Congressional leaders in DC are discussing the nation's debt and deficit, ending the war Afghanistan — one of the biggest drivers of our debt — should be at the top of their list of priorities.

The U.S. intervened in Afghanistan to pursue the terrorists who planned the attacks on September 11. Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011. It's long past time to end the occupation of Afghanistan.

The Obama administration had hoped to reach a political solution to the unrest in Afghanistan before bringing our troops home. Tragically, there are no good outcomes after a decade of occupation.

Unfortunately, it is incredibly unlikely that our partnership with Hamid Karzai's current regime, which is riddled with corruption,1 hostile to women,2 and resistant to Western notions of democracy, will result in anything approaching a happy ending. While we are particularly concerned about the fate of women and girls in Afghanistan, there is no indication that a continued U.S. occupation would make a positive outcome for women possible, and there is every indication that our continued presence is making the situation much more dangerous for U.S. troops and Afghan civilians in general.

The United States is currently scheduled to hand over control of security to the Afghan army and remove American troops by the end of 2014. However, the Obama administration has been negotiating a strategic partnership agreement that would leave U.S. special forces and military advisers in the country indefinitely.3 Meanwhile, the majority of Americans want our troops out of Afghanistan now. As reported by the Washington Post, majority opposition to this war has been "consistent" for nearly two years,4 and a majority of Americans want to pull out American troops from Afghanistan "even if the Afghan army is not adequately trained to carry on the fight."5

In this context, the Lee-Jones letter sends a clear signal to President Obama that members of Congress want the president to respond to "the consensus amongst military experts, diplomats, and the American people," and pursue a path in Afghanistan that best serves the interests of the American people and our troops on the ground. As the letter states:

After 10 years and almost $600 billion, over 2,000 American lives, and 18,000 wounded — it is time to accelerate the transition to full Afghan control. While NATO and Afghan National Security Forces have made considerable strides, no military strategy exists and morale has been undermined by the proliferation of "Green on Blue" attacks. Sixty coalition soldiers have been killed this year alone by their Afghan allies. To quote a former Commandant of the Marine Corps, "when our friends turn out to be our enemy, it is time to pull the plug."

The more members of Congress who sign on, the stronger the signal will be.

Tell Representative Boswell: Co-sign the Lee-Jones letter to President Obama, calling for an accelerated end to the war in Afghanistan. Click below to automatically sign the petition.

The American people overwhelmingly want to bring the occupation of Afghanistan to an end.

Thank you for speaking out.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

P.S. You can read a PDF of the letter by clicking here.

1. Matthew Rosenberg and Graham Bowley, "Intractable Afghan Graft Hampering U.S. Strategy," The New York Times, March 7, 2012.
2. Associated Press in Kabul, Hamid Karzai backs clerics' move to limit Afghan women's rights," March 6, 2012.
3. Rajan Memon, "Playing Chicken in Kabul,", March 6, 2012.
4. Jon Cohen, "Poll: Few in U.S. sense Afghan support for war,", March 11, 2012.
5. Ibid.


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