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Peace Action West Alarmed by Deployment of 17,000 US troops to Afghanistan


Today President Barack Obama approved plans to deploy roughly 17,000
troops to Afghanistan in the coming spring and summer. The new
administration has yet to complete its review of US strategy in
Afghanistan, leading some experts to believe this move is premature.

"This overreliance on military force has a long and consistent
track record of failure in Afghanistan, and President Obama should
complete his strategy review for Afghanistan before risking more
American and Afghan lives," stated Rebecca Griffin, Political Director
of Peace Action West. "More U.S. troops are likely to lead to more
civilians killed and wounded. These casualties damage the standing of
the United States, strengthen our adversaries, and undermine the Afghan

In spite of the US's heavy investment in the "war on terror" since 2001, Al Qaeda has increased its activity around the world.

Griffin argues for a wholly new approach to creating security in
Afghanistan and fighting terrorism. "Last year, the RAND Corporation
released a report showing that police and intelligence work are far
more effective in fighting terrorism. Secretary Gates himself has also
pointed out that the civilian instruments of national security, like
diplomacy and development aid, are deeply underfunded. The Obama
administration needs to follow through on his promise of a truly
improved approach in Afghanistan that will mean smarter investments in
American security."

You can read more of Peace Action West's policy recommendations on Afghanistan at

Peace Action is the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with over 100,000 members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs and encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights.