October 24, 2015
Submitted by advisory board member, Andrew J. Bacevich
The narrative that we're leaving Afghanistan is self-defeating," Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced last week, in justifying the latest course change in U.S. policy toward that country. "We're not, we can't, and to do so would not be to take advantage of the success we've had to date."
May 23, 2013
There is no military solution to Afghan political problems. Staying longer only costs more lives and money
By Matt Southworth and Matthew Hoh
As President Barack Obama is set to discuss the future of US counterterrorism policy around the world, he should also provide a framework for a swift end to the US war in Afghanistan. It is our belief US troops should not stay one day longer or shed one more drop of blood, and US taxpayers should not spend one more penny to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014.
It is time to truly end the US war in Afghanistan. It is pure folly and wholly counterproductive for the US to keep fighting in Afghanistan, paying the highest price in life and treasure, for one more day, let alone until a specific calendar date is reached. The current US strategy, which lacks critical political and economic transition elements, will neither accomplish US political objectives, nor provide security for the people of Afghanistan. As violence is currently on the rise, one can reasonably wonder what has been gained from years of remarkable expense and sacrifice.
October 09, 2012
Is it possible to find 2 Million Friends?
2 million Afghans have already died in the past four decades of war in Afghanistan. And war still rages on with the continuing military action of the U.S. and its NATO allies. The Afghan Peace Volunteers are asking us to help them find 2 million friends to join them in a call for peace in Afghanistan. The initiative calls on ordinary citizens of all countries to join with Afghan citizens, who are tired of corruption, hatred and war, to be friends.
March 14, 2012
As is increasingly evidenced by developments in Afghanistan from
After weeks of tumultuous upheaval, the slaying allegedly by a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant is just the most recent incident undermining U.S. objectives to win hearts and minds. Frankly, that mission has long been lost.
We are still learning
The media has tried hard to paint this incident as an isolated
Yet this also alludes to something larger than just the “bad apple”
So it is this simple.
Some 60% of those recently polled believe the war is not worth fighting. Congress is listening. 88 members of the House and 24 senators recently sent letters to president Obama calling for an expedited withdrawal. The White House is also reportedly now debating the pace of the drawdown. We support H.R.780 by Barbara Lee (CA), the “Responsible Withdrawal from Afghanistan Act.”
U.S. troops must withdrawal because they are not leverage for peace
I cannot say it better than Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson: “It’s their country, not ours. In increasingly clear language, Afghans are telling us to leave. We should listen and oblige.”
Video report: Three VFP Chapter 109 members return from a month in Afghanistan. Met with Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers and taught bio-sand water filter construction.
November 06, 2011
Jody Mackey, Douglas Mackey, and Larry Kerschner, active VFP109 members, spent a month in Afghanistan promoting friendship and peace with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. They also taught biosand water filter construction to bring clean water in a country where there is high mortality rates due to water-borne diseases.
Veterans For Peace Issues Position Statement on the Tenth Anniversary of the War and Occupation of Afghanistan
October 05, 2011
Veterans For Peace Statement on the Tenth Anniversary of the War and Occupation of Afghanistan
There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part.
Mario Savio December 3, 1964
Before the smoke had dissipated from the rubble of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon’s west block had stopped smoldering, a sweeping veil of fear and hysteria was drawn across our collective consciousness shortly after October 6th, 2001. The linchpin for a lost decade was set.
Where were you, what were you doing when you heard about the intervention in Afghanistan? Osama Bin Laden was hiding in plain sight and jubilant as he watched US vengeance reap the wild wind of misguided patriotism, and as if by design this country’s economic collapse succeeded beyond OBL’s wildest dreams.
Before the first SEAL team round caught the jihadist between the eyes, there was time enough for countless futures at home to be laid waste by a maelstrom of debt, and Congressional cowards looking no further than the next campaign contributions for solutions.
Ten long years have passed, a sufficient timeline for a fearful new lexicon to take hold during the morass caused by US exceptionalism. None of us certainly had ever heard of WMD. A drone was a honeybee. Now collateral damage and IED roll off the tongues of brainwashed preteens and adolescents, of either sex, on schoolyards and high school cafeterias, where the next wars start – or maybe the next Movement.
Cries have been resonating for this week’s 10-year observance of a seemingly endless US war and occupation to be more than another page torn from a calendar. They now echo from other Freedom Plazas and Liberty Squares across the country, a universal outrage tearing at the fabric of indifference and malaise woven deftly for so long by other Administrations and other corporate overlords, for scores of other lost decades.
The time to force radical change, to “make salt” in the non-violent tradition of Gandhi and King, is now. The machines wrought by war and greed will soon grind to a halt, by the sheer numbers of this new Movement.
Veterans For Peace enthusiastically joins the thousands in the streets of DC and New York and hundreds of other Occupies nationwide willing to confront the gears and levers of the apparatus to make it stop, to create a new world, for the next decade and beyond.
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