Rep. Barbara Lee’s speech in 2001 before voting against the use of force resolution for Afghanistan.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) was the only member of Congress to vote against giving President Bush unfettered authority for war after 9/11. Now she’s standing up again, introducing a bill to prohibit funds for any escalation of troops in Afghanistan. Click here to urge your representative to stand with Barbara Lee by cosponsoring her bill.
President Obama is considering General McChrystal’s request of up to 40,000 more troops, and members of Congress are beginning to weigh in. Unfortunately, President Obama is under enormous pressure to escalate the war from both Democrats and Republicans.
For instance, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told ABC, “I don’t know how you put somebody in who was as crackerjack as General McChrystal, who gives the president very solid recommendations, and not take those recommendations if you’re not going to pull out.” Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, said, “If, after further consultation and deliberation we decide we need 40,000 more troops or 50,000 more troops in Afghanistan, that’s what we’ll send.”
But we are being noticed. Members of Congress are citing feedback from their constituents as part of their growing opposition to the escalation. Click here to tell your representative to get on the record opposing a troop increase by cosponsoring Rep. Lee’s bill, or send a thanks if he or she is already a cosponsor.
A new report shows that for every 1,000 additional soldiers we send to Afghanistan, we’ll be spending $1 billion. Is another $40 billion going to get us what $228 billion and thousands of lives haven’t? Now is the time to show Congress we want a real alternative.