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Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell,
Gabe Murphy, Peace Action, 510-501-3345 cell,

5,000 More Lives on the Line Won't Equal a Win in Afghanistan


In response to reports that President Trump is considering sending an additional 5,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, who spent time in Afghanistan in 2010, released the following statement:

"Sending an additional 5,000 troops to Afghanistan will not only put an additional 5,000 American lives at risk, it will also serve to prolong America's longest war. President Trump said during the campaign that he wants to 'start winning' wars again. A smarter approach would be seeking to end them by applying the diplomatic and humanitarian tools his proposed budget would decimate.

"The definition of insanity is repeating the same strategy and expecting different results. Decades of the military approach by the U.S., NATO and Russia and others before have never worked. Why would Trump want to continue wasting American blood and treasure in Afghanistan?"

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.