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.
Silver Spring, MD
Apr 20 2010 - 2:48pm