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DNC Increasing Heat on Obama to End Afghanistan War ASAP

 
 
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The DNC pushed a resolution to prioritize leaving Afghanistan on Saturday, sending a rare message to Obama: it's time to get out.

Adopted during their annual winter conference, the Barbara Lee-introduced resolution reads, "the Democratic Party supports prioritizing job creation and a swift withdrawal of U.S. armed forces and military contractors in Afghanistan which must include a significant and sizable reduction no later than July 2011." That date goes contrary to Obama's timeline, which would merely begin withdrawing troops in July 2011, with a projected end date of 2014. The resolution, which was also introduced by DNC Vice Chairs Donna Brazile, Rep. Mike Honda, and DNC Secretary Alice Germond, notes the astronomical cost of the war and the overwhelming public support for withdrawal. An excerpt:

WHEREAS, the mounting costs of the war in Afghanistan, now totaling over $100 billion a year, have constrained efforts to invest in job creation and in strengthening our country and our economy; and

WHEREAS, according to a Gallup Poll released February 2, 2011, 72% of Americans favor action to "speed up the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan"; and

WHEREAS, President Obama supports a transition to an Afghan-led security arrangement in Afghanistan "because open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the Afghan people's"; and...

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Democratic Party recognizes the enormous strain placed on the U.S. military servicemembers, and their families since 2001 as a result of continuing engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains committed to ensuring that our troops have the support that they require when deployed as well as the care that they and their families need and deserve when they return home;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic Party supports prioritizing job creation and a swift withdrawal of U.S. armed forces and military contractors in Afghanistan which must include a significant and sizable reduction no later than July 2011.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at February 28, 2011, 5:21am

 
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