This week President Obama announced his plans for Afghanistan, and I am of the opinion that this war or conflict should have been the one addressed years ago instead of what was allowed to happen in Iraq. That being said, this piece by Tom Hayden offers some alternative ideas to the escalation. Those of us who oppose this war are going to have to pressure our Congressional representatives and Senators directly with phone calls and letter writing. However, it is worth noting that a slight majority of Americans favor President Obama’s plans for Afghanistan, yet most of us don’t really understand the arguments or know enough about the different actors in this war torn country to really comprehend whether what the President is selling us will work. I suggest that people read this short post at The Atlantic, Afghanistan for Beginners.
Secretary Clinton is even utilizing GWB rhetoric about not intending to “cut and run” from Afghanistan. Frankly, I’m disappointed in both Obama and Clinton for beating the war drums like this. This isn’t the change I voted for, but I also realize the grip that the military industrial complex has on both parties. The US has been geared for war since WWII, and unfortunately, despite peace movements, we haven’t been able to move away from this reality.
Finally, if you are unsure about the situation in Afghanistan, then I would urge you to not support it. There is no point in supporting something that you don’t wholeheartedly believe in, especially when lives are on the line. The people at Brave New Films have some great resources that are worth examining. Please check them out, and let us know what you think: