I feel that it would be remiss of me not to spend a moment remembering that October marks the tenth anniversary of the bloody war in Afghanistan that George W. Bush waged against an entire nation because it “sheltered” Osama Bin Laden, rather than tracking down the culprit as President Obama finally did. This war turned out to be more costly by a mile than the war in Vietnam, which brought thousands of protesters to the streets of America. To date the cost in human life is more than 1,600 U.S. military personnel, and an estimated 17,611 to 37,208 civilian in-country direct and indirect deaths (indirect indicates deaths that are a byproduct of war, such those due to starvation, lack of medical care, lack of basic needs, and destruction of infrastructure). The financial cost to the United States comes in at around $459.8 billion. Also, it is a good time to remember that a primary inspiration to the voters who elected Barak Obama to the presidency was his promise to get us out of Afghanistan and Iraq right away. He has failed to keep that promise. Please make him stick to his latest pledge.
A Few Simple Actions
- Write to President Obama or call the White House to remind him of his campaign promises: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact or 202-456-1111
- Imagine what America could do if we reallocated the funds being squandered on war and convey your ideas to the appropriate people
- Write to your representatives and ask them to insist we stick to the withdrawal schedule and to sever ties with the lobbyists who are making a fortune by supplying and sustaining every aspect of the bloodshed and occupation
- Remind President Obama that outside of the major cities in-country, the plight of women is still dictated by brutal and misogynist cultural habits