Saturday, October 15, 2011

Withdraw from Afghanistan

OMNI NEWSLETTER ON AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN #14,  October 15, 2011, Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace  (#8 April 15, 2011; #9 June 10, 2011; #10 July 3, 2011; #11 July 13, 2011;  #12 Sept. 5, 2011; #13 Oct. 2, 2011)

Here is the link to all the newsletters archived in the OMNI web site.

Contents of #13
Clamor for Peace
Film: End the Occupation
Crocker For Remaining in Iraq for Security
Special Operations Killings
Obama Drone Killings Increase, Media Attention Same
Bring Home the Troops: Iraq Accountability Act
Bring Home the Troops: Save Jobs, SS, Medicare
Bring Home the Troops: Cut the Debt
Failed News Coverage
Disastrous Expense
Leaving $Millions Behind
Afghan Women Artists

Contents of #14
Pressure the Drawdown
Majority Want Withdrawal
FCNL: Call Congress to Cut Military
Letter to Supercommittee
Soldiers:  Afghanistan Worth Fighting For?
Opposition to Occupation in Kabul
Debate Over Haqqani
Afghans for Peace
New Book
  Cortright, Ending Obama’s War.

Countdown to Drawdown
There is no timetable for the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan. 62% of Americans wants all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan within two years, but the Pentagon wants to keep them there until at least 2024. We've created a website to publicize these facts and track the drawdown to build pressure for a real withdrawal timetable.

“We, the 99%, Demand the End of the Wars Now”
The gap between the Pentagon's plans and the values and interests of the 99% is revealed by a CBS poll. 62% of Americans want US troops out of Afghanistan within two years. But the Pentagon wants to keep US troops in Afghanistan for another 13 years. [Includes video of anti-drone protest in DC this morning.]

“Call Congress End the Wars and Cut the Military Budget “
FCNL has established a toll-free number: 1-877-429-0678. Urge your Rep. and/or Senators to press the Supercommittee to end the wars and cut the military budget. In talking to your Rep., urge support for the Lee-Campbell bipartisan letter to the Super Committee on cutting military spending. You can report the results of your call here:

“Lee-Campbell Bipartisan Letter to Super Committee on Military Spending”:
Urges the Super Committee to consider cuts to military spending; notes that a trillion dollars can be cut from projected spending without harming national security.

Pew Study: Only A Third Of Veterans Who Joined After 9/11 Say Iraq And Afghanistan Were Worth Fighting

Hundreds of people marched in Kabul Thursday [Oct. 6], demanding the immediate withdrawal of international military forces ahead of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion, AP reports. The demonstrators chanted "no to occupation," and "Americans out" as they marched through the streets holding pictures of Afghans killed in violence, and later burned an American flag. "The United States said it came to help the Afghan people and provide a good life to Afghan people, but their true purpose was to occupy our country," said Farzana, a 22-year-old woman. "It is 10 years since the invasion of Afghanistan and all it has left behind is the blood of the Afghan people. We want the U.S. to leave our country." She added that "suicide attacks, insecurity and corruption are increasing day-by-day."

U.S. Debate on Haqqani: Military or Political Solution?
Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, Oct 6

Washington - Dissension over Adm. Mike Mullen's accusation that the Haqqani network of Afghan insurgents is a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's intelligence agency and the revelation that a U.S. official met with a Haqqani official have provided new evidence of a long-simmering struggle within the Barack Obama administration over how to deal with the most effective element of the Afghan resistance to U.S.-NATO forces.   MORE

Afghans For Peace
Representing Afghan Voices for Peace
Afghanistan Peace Day
Sunday October 9th, 2011, Fremont CA

On the 10th year of the US war in Afghanistan
Join the Afghan people in standing up for Peace
We say YES to peace, justice and civil rights
We say NO to war, terrorism and islamophobia

Join us on “Afghanistan Peace Day” as we “Walk for Peace” through the hub of Fremont’s Afghan district, after which we will “Gather for Peace” indoors where Afghan community leaders and their allies will speak. We will end with a “Prayer for Peace”. Our public expression for an end to this war will be alongside a message for peace from the “Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers” inside Afghanistan.

Sunday, October 9th 2011
3:00pm – 7:00pm

For more info:
(510) 992-3280

Co-sponsored by:
Muslim Peace Coalition
Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
American Muslim Voice Foundation
San Jose Peace and Justice Center


Our Mission
Afghans for Peace (AFP) is an alliance of Afghans from various ethnic, religious, socio-economic, cultural, and political backgrounds with a united vision for a democratic, all inclusive, just and peaceful Afghanistan. In order to actualize this vision, we demand an end to U.S. and NATO military operations within Afghanistan.
Our mailing address is:
Afghans for Peace
102 Sproul Hall
Berkeley, California 94704

David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.   Ending Obama’s War Responsible Military Withdrawal from Afghanistan.


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