Protestors will chain themselves to the White House fence today in an effort to bring attention to the need to end the war in Afghanistan. The protests will start with a rally at 10 a.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House. The speakers at the rally will include Cindy Sheenhan, Daniel Ellsberg, Mike Ferner, Medea Benjamin and other speakers, notes the Huffington Post.
Veterans for Peace
This protest was organized by Veterans for Peace. Soldiers who have fought in wars know that the end of the Afghanistan war is long overdue. Mike Ferner, head of Veterans for Peace told the Huffington Post “We are dedicated to exposing the true costs of war and militarism… We’ve killed well over a million people. We’ve orphaned and displaced that number at least.”
Most Americans now disapprove of the Afghanistan war. Too many soldiers have lost their lives in this war. Why risk ever more lives on a war that cannot be won? The Afghanistan war is a futile effort that will not achieve any kind of peace there.
Too Much Money Wasted on a Futile War
Our nation is spending billions of dollars on this war at a time when our own country is in extreme financial peril. Do you feel comfortable with your tax dollars being spent on this war? Thus far the total cost of the war in Afghanistan is $375, 555, 688, 824. To see the constantly updated spending totals on this war go to CostofWar.com HERE.
The Afghanistan war is a bloated, high cost fiscal disaster for the USA. With so many people in our country losing jobs, struggling to hold onto homes and to afford medical insurance it is sad to see our government spending huge amounts of money on a war that the populace does not even approve of.
Only 34 % of USA Support Afghanistan War
An ABC News/ Washington Post Poll reveals that only 34 percent of Americans think the Afghanistan war is worth fighting. Many people want the troops home now, before more lives are lost. This year 488 American soldiers were killed in the Afghanistan war. Another 4,481 soldiers were wounded, notes icasualtiesi.org. Too many lives are being lost in this war. And too many soldiers are not receiving adequate physical and emotional medical care after they return home from the war.
Also, since most terrorism experts now believe that the leadership of Al Qaeda has left Afghanistan and moved to Pakistan, this war cannot be said to be working to catch the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. The goal of this war is murky and it is well past the time to bring the troops home.
And once Americans are chaining themselves to the White House fence in protest it is a clear sign that the president needs to take swift action to end the war. Bring the troops home President Obama. Our nation wants peace.