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Paul Kawika Martin:

The Senate Failed to End the Afghanistan War, Again

WASHINGTON - In response to the Senate vote against debating to end the Afghanistan war, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, who spent time in Afghanistan, released the following statement:

“American voters agree we must end endless wars.  After nearly 19 years, over 147,000 casualties and total costs over a trillion dollars, it’s long past time to bring troops home and invest in political, diplomatic and development tools.  Yet, the Senate voted against debating to end the wars. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Tom Udall (D-NV) courageously forced the Senate to vote on their amendment to remove troops within a year from Afghanistan. 


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The pandemic clearly shows that expensive endless wars that cost $6 trillion from taxpayers make Americans less safe as they take funds from critical needs like health care.”


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Founded in 1957, Peace Action, 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.

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