President Obama is addressing the nation Tuesday evening to lobby public opinion and Congress to support the Congressional authorization for war in Syria. Shouldn't broadcast media respect the right of war critics to an equal response?
Today, 14 of my colleagues joined me in speaking out against the war in Afghanistan. Congress is deeply complicit in maintaining and continuing the war, but if enough members join our voices, maybe an end to this travesty can be in sight.
Until now the Administration has gotten away with a having a two-faced policy: presented to the American people as a timetable for withdrawal, but understood by the Pentagon and the Republican leadership as allowing tens of thousands of U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan forever.
According to the way the House operates, the authorization bill is the most open opportunity to challenge current policy. When the House considers the appropriations bill, amendments can be offered to cut money for specific programs.
It sounds like the beginning of a semi-decent joke: A movie star, four Congress members, leaders of several NGOs, two rabbis, a journalist and a great comedian walk into a jail cell. Last Friday, that is what happened though.
The combined costs of the wars this year amount to nearly $170 billion. While $19 billion less than '08, it's a modest drop considering Iraq spending decreased almost $100 billion since then too. In other words, 4 of every 5 dollars saved from Iraq were reinvested in Afghanistan.
I've met with our troops in Afghanistan. I've met with them after they've come home. They're incredible. But politicians put them into harm's way. And we now have an obligation to get them safely home.
With Memorial Day coming up, we should take a moment to consider something that's gone largely unremarked in the mainstream media: more than 1,500 troops have now died in a war the American people oppose.
The bipartisan legislation is unique in that it carries with it the prospect of a roll call, in which every member of the House will have to choose a side: open-ended war in Afghanistan, or a clear plan for military withdrawal?