Last week, President Obama announced his plan for Afghanistan.Unfortunately, it means even more years of war. Even after the 33,000 "surge" troops come home by next summer, nearly 68,000 will remain—twice as many as when Obama took office.1 The full combat drawdown won't be complete until 2014.2
We simply can't afford to spend upwards of $100 billion a year fighting in Afghanistan3 while so many suffer here at home.
As House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated clearly: "It has been the hope of many in Congress and across the country that the full drawdown of U.S. forces would happen sooner than the president laid out—and we will continue to press for a better outcome."4
If you agree, then the President needs to hear your voice, along with those in Congress, pressing him to do more. Please call the White House and urge the president to bring all of our troops home by the end of next year.
The White House: (202) 456-1111Then, click here to let us know what they said.
All our voices calling for an end to the war are making a difference. More and more Americans are against the war. And, in making this decision, the president defied the Pentagon, who wanted an even slower drawdown.5
But we need to keep the pressure on. President Obama needs to hear, on the heels of his national address to his fellow Americans, that he has to bring this war to a quicker end for the good of America.
MoveOn members had White House phones ringing off the hook on Thursday and Friday last week, right after the president's announcement. But we want the president to know that the pressure isn't going to let up after a few days. That's why we're asking a different group of members to call each day this week. Now, it's your turn to make the call.
Can you make the call and urge the president to bring all of our troops home by the end of next year?
Please call the White House: (202) 456-1111Then, click here to let us know what they said.
The president said on Wednesday night that "it is time to focus on nation building here at home."6 He's right.Thanks for all you do,
–Justin, Milan, Adam Q., Lenore, and the rest of the team
1. "Obama to Announce Plans for Afghan Surge Pullout", The New York Times, June 20, 2011
2. "Remarks by the President on the Way Forward in Afghanistan," The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, June 22, 2011
3. "The War In Afghanistan: How Much Are You Paying?" The Huffington Post, April 18, 2011
4. "Obama's Afghanistan Plan," San Francisco Chronicle, June 23, 2011
5. "Obama Will Speed Pullout From War in Afghanistan," The New York Times, June 22, 2011
6. "Remarks by the President on the Way Forward in Afghanistan," The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, June 22, 2011
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