New Effort Launched to Oppose Afghanistan War

Progressive Bloggers Opposing the Afghanistan War

Over the past seven years, the occupation of Afghanistan has received scant attention in both the corporate media and among progressives. During the recent presidential election, Afghanistan was a non-issue, with both major party candidates agreeing that the United States needs to send more troops to Iraq.

Earlier this week, when news broke that Obama intends to sign-off on a plan to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, much of the progressive and liberal establishment–as well as the somewhat more independent national anti-war movement–said nothing.

However, in a refreshing development, a group of progressive bloggers opposed to the military escalation of the Afghanistan War has launched an effort called “Get Afghanistan Right” that aims to increase discussion about “the dangers of escalation, the current situation in Afghanistan and South Asia, the effects of the war at home, and potential solutions.” Robert Greenwald writes:

“With the economy continuing a severe decline and the international scene in turmoil, we absolutely cannot afford a hugely expensive troop increase in Afghanistan. The country desperately needs many of the reforms and programs proposed by the incoming Obama administration. But, an escalation in Afghanistan will cripple our ability to mitigate the effects of the recession while making that country less stable. The success of the President-elect’s broader agenda depends on his ability to get us out of President Bush’s wars”

The effort was initiated by writers and bloggers including Brave New Films’ Robert Greenwald, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, Alex Thurston and Jason Rosenbaum of The Seminal, and Howie Klein of DownWithTyranny. Throughout the week, the group will publicize stories critical of the war in Afghanistan on GetAfghanistanRight.com.

Tomorrow as part of the campaign, MediaMouse.org will be blogging about the occupation of Afghanistan.

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1 thought on “New Effort Launched to Oppose Afghanistan War”

  1. I think antiwar folk will need to show that they are willing to vote for actual antiwar candidates, which Obama never was in the case of Afghanistan.

    As a consistent ethic supporter who never had a candidate I could support for President it’s hard to sympathise with those who opposed the war in Afghanistan and voted for Obama. They weren’t betrayed by Obama; they betrayed Cynthia McKinney – a candidate with more experience in Congress than Obama, and the courage to do what antiwar folks believed (support withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan and support impeachment). I guess they bought into the very media hype many or them claim to reject.

    One suggestion for them would be to borrow from the Clinton play book and start a “Run Cynthia Run” campaign for a US Senate Seat – perhaps in Vermont where the cost of running is comparatively low and Senator Leahy has undercut popular demand for criminal prosecution of Bushites with his Truth Commission proposal.

    Show The President he may have to face a resurgent threat from the left in 2012, and you will increase the chances he will start acting progressive.

    My motive? If McKinney shows she can thrive without the Democratic Party, I hope consistent ethic folks will decide they can also:

    http://www.consistent-life.org/

    http://nonviolentchoice.blogspot.com/

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