98-0, 420-1. That is the outcome of the
9-14-01 Congressional vote to authorize military force in Afghanistan.
There was one dissenting vote. Only one leader could see that war was
not an answer in the wake of 9/11. Today marks eight years since
Congresswoman Barbara Lee's courageous act, and her words continue to
Today, 57 percent of American oppose the war in Afghanistan and
opposition is continuing to grow. Americans are tired of a war that is
increasingly deadly for its soldiers, draining our economy, and
distracting us from our needs at home.
Yet despite all this, Obama has
been escalating the war in Afghanistan and next week it is expected
that General McChrystal will ask for authorization for more even more troops.
Even General Petraeus has said, "you don't kill or
capture your way out of an industrial-strength insurgency." And
members of Congress are starting to push back - Rep. McGovern has a bill in the House with 97 cosponsors calling for an exit strategy in Afghanistan; Senator Russ Feingold recently called on Obama to create a timetable for withdrawal; and last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said
she sees very little support for the war. The tide is turning and as
Obama contemplates next steps, now is the time to take action!
Eight years ago today, Barbara Lee spoke up with courage against the war in Afghanistan.
Marron is a video producer, online organizer, web designer, and
progressive activist. She is the producer of several online video
campaigns such as Meet the Bloggers, Mother's Day For Peace, Lift the Ban, The War on Greed, and the widely-seen Impeach Cheney. Prior to her work online, Paris worked on feature-length documentaries including Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers. She currently works as the Online Organizer for CODEPINK.