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Join Bipartisan Letter to President Obama Urging Accelerated End to War in Afghanistan


From: The Honorable Barbara Lee
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Date: 11/14/2012

Dear Colleague,

As we welcome each other back to Washington after the recent election, our responsibility to our men and women in uniform in Afghanistan is as important as ever.  The Pentagon is providing President Obama with a set of recommendations for U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.  We owe it to our troops to earnestly deliberate our policies in Afghanistan.

In the coming weeks, we have an opportunity to ensure that our brave troops are brought home in a swift and responsible manner so that we can create jobs and engage in nation-building here at home.

We invite you to become a co-signer to the letter below to President Obama, calling for an accelerated end to the war in Afghanistan.  The overwhelming majority of Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, believe it is time to bring a responsible end to the war in Afghanistan.

To join as a co-signer before the deadline this Friday, November 16 at noon, please contact Teddy Miller in Rep. Lee’s office.

Thank you,

Barbara Lee                                          Walter Jones

Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

 

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November XX, 2012

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear President Obama:

Your military advisors will soon be providing you with a set of military options in Afghanistan.  We are writing to urge you to pursue a path in Afghanistan that best serves the interests of the American people and our brave troops on the ground.  That path is simple: an accelerated withdrawal to bring to an end the decade long war as soon as can safely and responsibly be accomplished.

This is one issue that overwhelmingly unifies Americans: the desire to bring the war in Afghanistan to an accelerated close.  Polls show over 70% of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, say that the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting.

We write to request that you respond to the consensus amongst military experts, diplomats, and the American people.  It is time to announce an accelerated transition of security responsibility to the Afghan government and to bring our troops home as soon as can be safely and responsibly accomplished.

Al Qaeda’s presence has been greatly diminished and Osama bin Laden is no longer a threat to the United States.  There can be no military solution in Afghanistan.  It is past time for the United States to allow the Afghanistan government to assume responsibility for its own security.

While many of us would prefer an immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan starting today, there is broad recognition that the primary objectives have been completed and after 10 years and almost $600 billion, over 2,000 American lives, and 18,000 wounded - it is time to accelerate the transition to full Afghan control. 60 coalition soldiers have been killed this year alone by their Afghan allies. To quote a former Commandant of the Marine Corps, “when our friends turn out to be our enemy, it is time to pull the plug.” We also would like to remind you that any long term security agreement committing U.S. troops to Afghanistan must have congressional approval to be binding.

We look forward to working with you.

Barbara Lee                                        Walter Jones         

Member of Congress                        Member of Congress

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