Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Walter Jones (R-NC), along with eight of their colleagues, have introduced a resolution that would require the president to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. Kucinich made the case for the resolution on the House floor:
More than 60% of the American people want us out of there. This war is already approaching a cost of a half a trillion dollars. We have Americans who are losing their jobs; their wages are being knocked down. We have Americans losing their homes, losing their retirement security; they can’t send their kids to colleges they want. And we are spending all this money on a war that is a waste of time, money, blood, and treasure to try to prop up a corrupt regime in Afghanistan.
Now, our occupation over there is fueled an insurgency. It’s time for this Congress to take the Constitutional responsibility under Article 1, Section 8. We haven’t done that with respect to Afghanistan. It’s time for us to do that. Let’s have an up or down vote. That’s what this resolution is about. I urge all Members of Congress to consider supporting the privileged resolution that ends the war in Afghanistan.
Rep. Kucinich introduced a similar resolution last year, the toughest legislation voted on in the House at the time, and it got support from 65 representatives. Given how public opposition to the war has grown, and conditions on the ground are worse in Afghanistan, there is no reason why this resolution shouldn’t get even more “yes” votes this year.
The debate and vote are happening on Thursday. Call your representative toll free at 1-800-427-8619 between 9am and 5pm Eastern Time Thursday and urge him or her to vote in favor of the H. Con. Res 28. If you’d like to call now and leave a voicemail, click here to search your representative and find a direct phone number.