Wednesday, May 02, 2012

[PDI] Fwd: Leaving Afghanistan by Staying

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Date: May 2, 2012 12:09 PM
Subject: Leaving Afghanistan by Staying
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*Is staying in Afghanistan OK with you ... as long as we call it


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Dear Daniel,

President Obama has signed an agreement with President Karzai to keep a
major U.S. military presence in Afghanistan (currently about three times
the size Obama began with) through the end of 2014, and to allow a
significant unspecified military presence beyond that date, with no end
date stipulated.

But Obama forgot to provide any reason not to withdraw from Afghanistan
now. *Rep. Barbara Lee has a bill for withdrawal now*.

*Tell Congress to back HR

Obama spoke of a transition to Afghan control, but we've heard that talk
for a decade. He talked of fighting al Qaeda, but the U.S. has not been
fighting al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and has admitted for years that there is
virtually no al Qaeda presence there.

The agreement requires that all "entities" involved in a peace process
renounce violence, but the Taliban will no more do that while under foreign
occupation than the United States will do so while occupying. This is not a
serious plan to leave. Nor is it a plan based on Afghan sovereignty.

The agreement says it becomes effective when "the Parties notify one
another, through diplomatic channels, of the completion of their respective
internal legal requirements." *The U.S. Constitution requires ratification
by the Senate of all treaties*.

Tell Congress to insist on its right to approve or reject this

A more detailed agreement will be worked out on May 20th when NATO meets in
Chicago. Activists for peace and justice need to be there!

Get involved now!<>

Roots Action, Veterans For Peace, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Voices
for Creative Nonviolence are working together to end the war in Afghanistan
and are jointly issuing this call for peace.

Please forward this email widely to like-minded friends.

Aimee, David, Sarah
and the RootsAction team

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P.P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim
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Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S.
Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, and many others.


HR 780 Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan
Enduring Strategic Partnership
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