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U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Afghanistan

Posted by Will Rice (will) on Nov 07 2011 at 4:19 PM
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By U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The war in Afghanistan has wasted the nation’s resources. Every week we spend $2 billion on a conflict with no end in sight. With our nation deep in economic crisis, we can not afford to prop up a corrupt government half-way around the world through the extravagant expenditure of American blood and treasure.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, I supported pursuing the plotters of the attack based in Afghanistan. What I did not vote for was ten years of fruitless nation building, ten years of American bloodletting, and ten years of diverting money from jobs, health care and education. And that’s not the mission the American people signed up for. Polls consistently show that two-thirds of the American public oppose the war.
The complexities of international counter-terrorism strategy are irrelevant to the Afghan people, for many of whom this war is simply a matter of repelling another foreign occupier. Each time one of our bombs kills Afghan civilians, their resolve to resist is strengthened.
When President Obama announced that he would be sending an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan two years ago in

December, it was under the logic that the surge was required to
properly address the threats to U.S. national security. Our presence in Afghanistan that undermines security and stability in the region. It threatens our national security.

U.S. taxpayer dollars are funding both sides of the conflict. Security decreased significantly this year, making it the deadliest year on record for Afghan civilians. Billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars have gone unaccounted. Secret Afghan prisons, run by the U.S. military, continue to operate with impunity and hold Afghan prisoners without adequate due process rights. Establishment of the rule of law under the one of the most corrupt governments in the world continues to falter.

The greatest moral imperative to end the war is to save lives. More than 1,800 American men and women in uniform have already died in this conflict. Over 13,000 have been wounded. Untold thousands of Afghan civilians have died..

More money? More personnel?  More time? No! It’s time to end this war.
Representative Kucinich (D-OH), a two-time Presidential candidate, is a member of the House’s Out of Afghanistan caucus.