Rep. Kucinich put it bluntly last week when he said there are, “92,000 reasons to get out of Afghanistan and Pakistan: Pick one.” He was referring to the latest WikiLeaks controversy which resulted in one of the largest releases of confidential U.S. military documents in history.
Today, the House is voting on the war funding supplemental and we need your support to sway as many Representatives as we can our way. Reps. Kucinich and Paul have also introduced legislation, House Concurrent Resolution 301, calling for all U.S. troops to withdraw from their covert operations in Pakistan. We need your immediate support on these two pieces of legislation before the final votes later today. Call this number provided by the Friends Committee on National Legislation, 1-888-493-5443, to give your Representative your reason for ending the war in Afghanistan.
Realistically, this will not be the vote which will see our troops finally leave Afghanistan. But it’s a critical opportunity to turn outrage into political power and to build the capital we will need to finally achieve withdrawal. Just as the leaking of the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg proved to be a turning point in the Vietnam War, the brave actions of Bradley Manning may be what it takes to end this one.
The atmosphere in Congress is shifting; call 1-888-493-5443 right now to take advantage of it. Ask your Representative to vote against the Supplemental and to vote in support of House Concurrent Resolution 301 to remove U.S. troops from Pakistan. When you’ve finished making your calls, please report back on them on our Peace Blog.
Kevin M. Martin