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August 31, 2009


NY Times - A restive antiwar movement, largely dormant since the election of Barack Obama, is preparing a nationwide campaign this fall to challenge the administration's policies on Afghanistan. Anticipating a Pentagon request for more troops there, antiwar leaders have engaged in a flurry of meetings to discuss a month of demonstrations, lobbying, teach-ins and memorials in October to publicize the casualty count, raise concerns about the cost of the war and pressure Congress to demand an exit strategy. . . Tom Andrews, national director for an antiwar coalition, Win Without War, said most liberals "want this guy to succeed." But he said the antiwar movement would try to convince liberals that a prolonged war would undermine Mr. Obama's domestic agenda. Afghanistan, he said, "could be a devastating albatross around the president's neck.". . . "We're coming out of a low period," said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the antiwar group Code Pink. "But as progressives feel more comfortable protesting against the Obama administration and challenging Democrats as well as Republicans in Congress, then we'll be back on track."


Blogger deborah said...

with out war how would we steal the natural resources from other countries on the cheap labor of that countries people, and give them substandard living conditions? And the security jobs that need to be filled when the people realize they got a bad deal...the firearms and shells, uniforms, gas....no war is big business to big to let it fail.

September 2, 2009 1:57 AM  

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