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U.S. Veterans Call for Immediate End to Afghan War

Xinhua News Agency
October 27, 2012

U.S. veterans call for immediate end of Afghan war

LOS ANGELES: U.S. veterans on Friday called for an immediate end of the War in Afghanistan and slashed both U.S. presidential candidates for their identical positions on the war.

The appeal came in a strongly worded statement released by Michael Prysner, an Iraq War veteran and co-founder of March Forward, an organization of veterans and service members against war and racism.

Now in its 11th year, the longest in U.S. history, the War in Afghanistan has been a failure with more than 2,000 U.S. troops being lost during President Barack Obama’s term alone, Prysner said.

He also noted that the American people are spending 400 million dollars a day on the war, which over 60 percent of Americans want to put an end to immediately.

The Afghan people, he added, also have endured immeasurable sufferings in the war.

“The White House admits we are not actually fighting al-Qaeda or even al-Qaeda’s allies in Afghanistan. The people we are actually at war against are people who played no role in the attacks and admittedly pose no threat to the United States,” Prysner said.

“The Afghan people are not our enemies,” he said. “The reason armed groups of Afghans all over the country are fighting the occupying forces is because they, like all people, do not want to live under foreign occupation.”

He said most Americans support an immediate, rapid withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan, which will have the same results as a slow withdrawal through 2014 but can cut deaths and casualties of U.S. troops by thousands.

The veteran also lashed out at the Monday night presidential debate on foreign policy, in which the two candidates seemed to be eye to eye on the war. That gave voters no choice to change U.S. policy in Afghanistan, he said.

“The presidential debate, in reality, was not for us,” Prysner said. “It was for the military-industrial complex, energy companies and investors. The candidates were competing for the support of those with billions of dollars to hand over to their campaigns.”

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  1. Hoarsewhisperer
    October 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Wow! A Yankee with some backbone!
    … only 319,999,999 left to convince that spinelessness is a cul de sac..
    I’ve heard from an Oz Vietnam veteran that “Our Troops” in AfPak are very “disenchanted” with politicians – and the politicians are concerned.
    That’s just anecdotal, btw, but the source is 24 carat.

    But wouldn’t it be funny if, at some time in the future, the archives reveal that the reason Commander-in-Chief Obama went soft on ‘bringing them home from AfPak’ in 2014 (or even 2013) was that he was worried they might be angry enough to start culling politicians and elites if too many of them arrived home at the same time. So Dr Obama, Dr Cameron and Nurse Gillard prescribed abandonment and and loud (and noisesome) celebrations of heroic death in Afghanistan as the potentially lesser evil.

  2. Charles
    October 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    The cry of the people is being ignored.We have to actively participate, along with the brothers in California.The united front of veterans that protect this country is the only thing that will make the oligarchs take notice.The sophistication of the average person regarding
    foreign affairs is at a height unlike anytime in history.Coalition are built with people overseas
    all the time and the information streams out of these places.We not only know who is really
    behind this 20years of madness that our country is experiencing.But more important what to
    do.FIGHT YOUR DAM SELF.Without the men and women who fight these wars the oligarchs
    will have to do it themselves.Give me my home back,give me my job back,give me my freedom back,give me something to fight for.GIVE ME MY COUNTRY BACK…………..

  3. marley engvall
    October 28, 2012 at 5:02 am

    The war in Afghanistan can be a considered a failure, an unwarranted expenditure of treasure and blood, etc. But this analysis misses perhaps the most central criticism of the entire “war on terror,” that the pretext for perpetual war/preparedness is premised on the monumental lie of 9/11.

    Mr. Rozoff, I respect your work greatly, but I have never seen you actively attack the fundamental lie. Please do not fear that you will alienate your audience by espousing this “controversial” view. I believe that it is time for the anti-war movement to coalesce with the 9/11 truth movement. I have given up on Noam Chomsky– Noam Effin’ Chomsky– for his flippant dismissal of non-CIA-approved truth.

    please familiarize yourself with the most fundamental science regarding the demolition of the World Trade Center complex:

    http://www.benthamscience.com/open/tocpj/articles/V002/7TOCPJ.htm

    Keep fighting the good fight.

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