Barbara Lee: Bring Our Troops Home

12.04.2014 - Pressenza Hong Kong

Barbara Lee: Bring Our Troops Home
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Why are the troops STILL there? After trillions spent, thousands of lives lost, and hundreds of thousands of physical and mental injuries, it’s time to end the war in Afghanistan. Barbara is one of the only voices speaking out against the war that she alone opposed in September 2001. The article below ran in today’s USA Today. Help Barbara make sure more people see this important piece and help her end the war by kicking in what you can to the Barbara Lee Progressive Fund.
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As Featured in USA Today
Rep. Barbara Lee: Bring Our Troops Home

After nearly 13 years of war in Afghanistan, it is past time for all of our troops to return. It is also time to heed one of the war’s most important lessons: Some problems cannot be solved at the point of a gun.

Saturday, Afghans voted in such high numbers that polling hours were extended nationwide. Their determination triumphed, and the Afghan people are boldly moving their country forward. This path is the only way to achieve a lasting, sustainable peace in Afghanistan, not through a continued United States military operation.

Our brave men and women in uniform have done what we asked them to do, and now we must bring all of them home. And when they return, we must aid in their transition, ensure their mental and physical health, and provide economic security.

If, however, the president determines that U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan, then he should make that case to the American people and to Congress. Congress must then meet its responsibility by thoroughly debating and then authorizing or rejecting such a commitment.

In the frenzied moments after the horrific terrorist attacks of 9/11, Congress failed to meet this basic responsibility, and we are living with the consequences — a perpetual war in Afghanistan and beyond. This is precisely what I feared when I was the lone vote in Congress opposing the open-ended Authorization for Use of Military Force.

There is a great deal of work to do to help secure peace and to help build a future for the long-suffering people of Afghanistan. But Afghanistan is their country, and meeting this challenge is in their hands.

We can and should play a supportive role along with others in the international community, but not by making the longest war in U.S. history even longer. Our troops have done more than enough; it is time for them to come home.

A future of hope and opportunity for Afghanistan begins with the full withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Note:  Lee has been a vocal critic of the war in Iraq and supports legislation creating a Department of Peace.
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