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I have read the bill and the statement by Representative McGovern on it. This bill is a cover for long-term US occupation of Afghanistan.

The "whereas" clauses include one essentially endorsing Obama's "mission" in Afghanistan. It provides no limit on what the timetable will be, and it allows the administration to specify "variables" allowing not to follow the timetable.

This bill does not provide a date certain for a single US soldier to leave Afghanistan. It leaves everything up to the administration, and simply requires that they communicate more. There is nothing whatsoever in the bill to speed up US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

This is not a peace measure. It would serve as a reaffirmation of Congress's original (illegal) authorization for the administration to wage war.

The peace movement needs to strongly oppose this legislation. We need to push for the US to get out of Afghanistan quickly, and to cut off all funding for the war. The bill is a step in the wrong direction.

We can't trust the establishment "peace" groups and establishment figures like Tom Hayden. They are unable to recognize the deeply militaristic and imperialistic nature of this administration, and want us to think that measures basically affirming the administration will get us to peace. They are horribly wrong.

Bill Samuel

Silver Spring, MD

Apr 20 2010 - 2:48pm

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When evil runs loose in our country, and innocent women and children (openly admitted by our military and political leaders) are killed daily, there is no need of a "plan"--just load the planes and ships and get the hell out of there before one more Afghan woman or child is killed!

robert clapp

Phoenix, AZ

Apr 13 2010 - 9:30am

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Mr. Hayden should know better. A flexible timetable is no timetable at all. To pretend that this bill is any different in spirit than Mr. Obama's flxible withdrawal date of summer 2011 is not only lying to the people affected by the war, it is also lying to oneself.

Ron Jacobs

Asheville , NC

Apr 8 2010 - 3:50pm

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The opium crops growing and protected in Helmund province of Afganistan funds the Taliban and should be destroyed ASAP. Certainly our troops should not be withdrawn before this problem has been eradicated.

Fern Henley

Roanoke, VA

Apr 8 2010 - 2:00pm

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