December 22, 2010
by Robert L. Hanafin
by Robert L. Hanafin
White House Afghanistan Progress Means Staying the Course
This was sent to Veterans Today from Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Posted on behalf of IVAW by
Robert L. Hanafin, Veterans Issues and Peace Activism Editor, Veterans Today News Network
Is it any surprise that last week’s White House progress report on Afghanistan showed little ‘progress’ at all?
Sure, there have been a few tactical military ‘successes,’ but these have been overshadowed by significantly larger negative trends:
A marked increase in civilian casualties, maintaining Afghan resentment of U.S. occupation;
An overall increase in Taliban strength;
A continued lack of legitimacy for the Afghan government; and
A weakening of our military fighting force by a suicide epidemic caused by multiple deployments.
The larger story here is that the Afghan war strategy is a complete failure.
And those in Washington lack the political will to do anything about it.
To IVAW though, this is about more than just politics.
As veterans and service members, this is about our lives, our health and well-being, and that of Afghan civilians.
We are the ones whose lives are on the line in Afghanistan every day, and we are challenging the political status quo to say enough is enough.
Will you stand with us?
Your year-end donation will support our important work to end the stay-the-course Afghanistan policy that prevails in Washington.
Building GI resistance among new troop deployments in 2011
IVAW has learned that beginning in January, 23,000 troops from ten different military bases will be dispatched to Afghanistan to replace troops finishing up their deployment cycles.
For some of these troops – like the 1st Cavalry Division’s Air Cavalry Brigade and Headquarters Company leaving from Fort Hood, TX – this will be their fourth combat deployment.
So this is what the ‘stay the course’ political policy means for us – more deployments for troops who are already suffering from war trauma, more casualties, and more broken families.
That is why IVAW will be starting our GI resistance outreach drive to all affected military bases in February.
With your help, we will send outreach teams to the ten military bases that are sending troops to Afghanistan and talk to soldiers and military families about:
– the problems of multiple deployments,
– dialogue about their views on whether the Afghanistan mission is worthwhile,
– and bring them into our Operation Recovery campaign to stop the deployment of traumatized troops.