DownsizeDC.org
June 27, 2011
Leave Afghanistan
By James Wilson

Quote of the Day: "We will never be able to secure and police every town and village in Afghanistan. Nor will we be able to build Afghanistan from the ground up into a Western-style democracy." -- a letter to President Obama from 27 Senators

More members of Congress are starting to agree that we should leave Afghanistan.Let's encourage them.

That's why I sent the following letter to Congress, from which you can copy or borrow . . .

The President's plan to remove 33,000 troops from Afghanistan over 18 months is insufficient. We should remove all of our troops immediately.

We've met our objectives. As 27 Senators have pointed out http://1.usa.gov/lMhCIe  . . .

* Osama bin Laden is dead
* The country is no longer an Al Qaeda safe haven
* There are only 50 to 100 Al Qaeda members remaining there

Are there really other reasons to stay? Can we . . .

* police every community in Afghanistan?
* build it into a Western-style democracy?

Our continued presence will NOT make the U.S. safer. It will NOT improve Afghanistan's future. Instead, it will mean MORE . . .

* dead and wounded Americans
* radicalization among Afghans who resent our occupation
* of my tax dollars flushed by corrupt Afghan officials
* debt -- to the tune of $100 billion per year

This is why a partial withdrawal is insufficient. YOU can make the President bring ALL our troops home immediately.

* De-fund the war in this year's Defense Authorization bill
* Support bills such as Rep. Barbara Lee's H.R. 780, which would fund the withdrawal http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.780:

Take these steps to end the war, and you will see an increase in your public support.

END LETTER

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Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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