Thursday, May 3, 2012

Why wait till 2014? End the War in Afghanistan NOW

On the one year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan. There he announced that we signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Afghanistan government, and reiterated his plan to gradually draw-down our forces, ending the war in 2014.

We're always glad to hear the President talk about ending the war, instead of expanding it — as Mitt Romney and the right wing Republicans would have it.

But the end of 2014 is not soon enough. At a time when we are forced to make tough sacrifices at home — we simply cannot afford to spend more blood and treasure in Afghanistan. It's time to end America's longest war now.

Will you sign our petition calling on Congress to bring our troops home to safety and end the war now?

Recently Obama came under fire from Republicans who called his withdrawal timeline an "arbitrary deadline." But it certainly isn't arbitrary to the thousands of families waiting for their sons and daughters to come home, out of harm's way.

And a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll shows a majority of Americans agree, with 60 percent of Americans who favor bringing our troops home sooner, rather than later.

Setting a specific timeline shows bold leadership on Obama's part and is a strong contrast to that of Mitt Romney who said he would not set a withdrawal timeline for Afghanistan — instead calling for an open ended combat commitment in Afghanistan, a never ending war.

But every day we stay there, more money and more lives are lost. Why wait till 2014? We need to end the war in Afghanistan NOW.

Last night the President said, "this time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end." We couldn't agree more - click here to tell Congress we can't wait, it's time to end the war NOW.

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