April 2011

JFP 4/29: Egypt Says Will Open Gaza; Gary Johnson Interview

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April 29, 2011

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*Action: Send a Letter to the Editor on Afghan withdrawal and drawdown

Senator Boxer has introduced a bill requiring the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan - a timetable with an end date. A real deadline for US withdrawal would facilitate meaningful peace talks. More visible Senate criticism of the endless war can move the White House to a substantial drawdown of U.S. troops this summer. Send a letter to your local newspaper - we've provided a draft.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/s186/lte

Gary Johnson: I Would Get Out of Afghanistan Tomorrow
In an interview with Robert Naiman, former New Mexico governor and GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson advocates military withdrawal from Afghanistan within months; supports Boxer bill requiring a real timetable for military withdrawal; advocates 43% cut in the military budget; advocates ending US military involvement in Libya; questions why we have a U.S. military base in Okinawa that people there don't want; supports legalization of marijuana and says legalization would end 75% of the border violence in Mexico, saving thousands of lives.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/gary-johnson-i-would-get-_b_855500.html

Americans for Peace Now: Palestinian Reconciliation Deal is an Opportunity for Obama

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JFP 4/27: Tahrir fruit: Fatah, Hamas reconcile with Egypt aid

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April 26, 2011

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*Action: Barbara Boxer: Ending the Endless War

California Senator Barbara Boxer has re-introduced former Senator Feingold's bill requiring the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan - a timetable with an end date. Senators Durbin, Harkin, Gillibrand, and Brown have already signed on as co-sponsors. A real deadline for US withdrawal would facilitate meaningful peace talks. More visible Senate criticism of the endless war can move the White House. Urge your Senator to co-sponsor.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/s186

An Anti-War Candidate Announces for President
If there is no anti-war Democratic primary for President, would you consider voting in the Republican one?
http://www.truth-out.org/anti-war-candidate-announces-president/1303823158

Talking Points on S. 186, Boxer's Bill to Require End Date for Afghanistan War
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/893

Washington Post: A space for Republicans on Afghanistan
Polling suggests Republicans could be open to anti-war message.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/a-space-for-republicans-on-afghanistan/2011/04/27/AFZXIazE_blog.html

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JFP 4/26: Record disapproval for Obama on Afghan war

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April 26, 2011

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*Action: Barbara Boxer: Ending the Endless War

California Senator Barbara Boxer has re-introduced former Senator Feingold's bill requiring the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan - a timetable with an end date. Senators Durbin, Harkin, Gillibrand, and Brown have already signed on as co-sponsors. A real deadline for US withdrawal would facilitate meaningful peace talks. More visible Senate criticism of the endless war can move the White House. Urge your Senator to co-sponsor.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/s186

An Anti-War Candidate Announces for President
If there is no anti-war Democratic primary for President, would you consider voting in the Republican one?
http://www.truth-out.org/anti-war-candidate-announces-president/1303823158

Talking Points on S. 186, Boxer's Bill to Require End Date for Afghanistan War
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/893

Daniel Ellsberg: Bradley Manning Charges Should Be Dismissed
"…commander-in-chief has virtually given a directed verdict to his subsequent jurors…it's clearly enough grounds for a dismissal of the charges, just as my trial was dismissed eventually for governmental misconduct."

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Talking Points on S. 186, Boxer's Bill to Require End Date for Afghanistan War

If your Senator has not co-sponsored S. 186, The “Safe & Responsible Redeployment of U.S. Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act of 2011”, make sure you do so here. But don't stop there--you can take the next step by writing a letter to the editor in your local newspaper or by visiting your Senator's in-State office with the Talking Points posted below, which you can download here as a PDF.

For more background, check out JFP Policy Director Robert Naiman's piece on "Barbara Boxer: Champion in the Senate Against the Afghanistan War".

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Support S. 186, for a Timetable for the Redeployment of U.S. Troops from Afghanistan, Including an End Date for Near Decade-Long War

Senator Boxer’s bill S. 186 would require President Obama to submit a plan to Congress for the redeployment of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, including a date for the completion of that redeployment. As the White House prepares its decision on the extent of the July troop drawdown and works to conclude a security agreement with the Afghan government, it is a crucial time for Senators to weigh in.

S. 186, “Safe & Responsible Redeployment of U.S. Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act of 2011” would:

  • Put the Senate on the Record in Support of Obama’s Plan for a Significant Drawdown

JFP 4/25: NATO targets Qaddafi; Gitmo docs show thin evidence

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April 25, 2011

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*Action: Barbara Boxer: Ending the Endless War

California Senator Barbara Boxer has re-introduced former Senator Feingold's bill requiring the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan - a timetable with an end date. Senators Durbin, Harkin, Gillibrand, and Brown have already signed on as co-sponsors. A real deadline for US withdrawal would facilitate meaningful peace talks. More visible Senate criticism of the endless war can move the White House. Urge your Senator to co-sponsor.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/s186

An Anti-War Candidate Announces for President
If there is no anti-war Democratic primary for President, would you consider voting in the Republican one?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/gary-johnson-afghanistan_b_853241.html

Video: Guantánamo Bay files: 'The vast majority were not extremists'
Responding to WikiLeaks files published by the Guardian, Clive Stafford Smith, legal director of Reprieve, discusses the 'extraordinarily thin' evidence used to hold prisoners and the 'nonsense' cooked up by a group of serial informers to get privileges.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2011/apr/25/guantanamo-bay-files-reprieve-video

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An Anti-War Candidate Announces for President

Last week, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson announced his candidacy for President of the United States.

This was a historic event, because 1) Gary Johnson wants to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and 2) Gary Johnson is a Republican. He also wants to slash the military budget.

Gary Johnson is also opposed to the "war on drugs," which he has called "an expensive bust". Indeed, as The Hill noted:

Last year, he teamed up with singer Melissa Etheridge and actor Danny Glover for a Hollywood rally in favor of Proposition 19 -- an initiative that would have legalized marijuana in California.

This suggests that Gary Johnson can play well with others around issues of common concern.

It is tremendously important that there be at least one Republican candidate for President who is against the war in Afghanistan.

Polls show that Republican voters have turned against the war. But the majority of Republican voters who want US troops out of Afghanistan are so far almost totally unrepresented by Republican officials in Washington. Gary Johnson's campaign could break through the national Republican wall, because as a candidate for president, Gary Johnson will be able to get into the media, and the national Republican party leadership - "the party's ruling class," as The Hill put it - won't be able to silence him. Even if he doesn't get a dime from Lockheed or Raytheon, they won't be able to keep him off the stage in the early Republican debates, and that will change the discussion.

JFP 4/22: What happens after Qaddafi is removed?; Ignatius blasts drone strikes

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April 22, 2011

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*Action: Barbara Boxer: Ending the Endless War
California Senator Barbara Boxer has re-introduced former Senator Feingold's bill requiring the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan - a timetable with an end date. Senators Durbin, Harkin, Gillibrand, and Brown have already signed on as co-sponsors. A real deadline for US withdrawal would facilitate meaningful peace talks. More visible Senate criticism of the endless war can move the White House. Urge your Senator to co-sponsor.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/s186

Barbara Boxer Is New Senate Champion Against Afghan War
A firm end date for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan could be crucial to the success of peace talks to end the war.
http://www.truthout.org/barbara-boxer-new-senate-champion-against-afghan-war/4

Paul Krugman: The Progressive Budget Alternative
If you want to balance the budget in 10 years, you pretty much must do it largely by cutting defense and raising taxes; you can't make huge cuts in the rest of the budget without inflicting extreme pain on millions of Americans.
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/the-progressive-budget-alternative/

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JFP 4/21: Admin ignored Pentagon advice Libya war would fail

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April 21, 2011

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*Action: Barbara Boxer: Ending the Endless War
California Senator Barbara Boxer has re-introduced former Senator Feingold's bill requiring the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan - a timetable with an end date. Senators Durbin, Harkin, Gillibrand, and Brown have already signed on as co-sponsors. A real deadline for US withdrawal would facilitate meaningful peace talks. More visible Senate criticism of the endless war can move the White House. Urge your Senator to co-sponsor.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/s186

Video: Vittorio Arrigoni on why he went to Gaza
Vittorio Arrigoni in his own words. In Italian with English subtitles.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZg0WGKRg2A

Video: Obama fundraiser interrupted by protesters seeking release of Bradley Manning
A bunch of yellow-dog Democrats paid $5,000 each for the opportunity to sing the President a song about Bradley Manning.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20056122-503544.html

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Barbara Boxer: Champion in the Senate Against the Afghanistan War

If you've ever spent quality time trying to move an agenda through Congress, you know that moving an agenda isn't just about lobbying individual Members. You need a "champion" for your issue. The champion introduces your bill. The champion recruits other offices to sign up. The champion introduces an amendment that carries the same idea as the bill and lobbies other Members to vote for it. The champion circulates letters to other offices. The champion raises the profile of your issue in the media.


When Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold lost his bid for re-election, advocates working to end the war in Afghanistan lost their champion in the Senate. It was Feingold's office that introduced the bill, introduced the amendment, circulated the letter, led the lobbying of other offices, led the charge in the media.

Now California Senator Barbara Boxer has re-introduced Feingold's bill requiring the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan - a timetable with an end date. So far, Senators Dick Durbin, Tom Harkin, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Sherrod Brown have signed on as co-sponsors of Senator Boxer's bill.

The re-introduction of this bill is extremely timely and important, for two reasons.

JFP 4/20: Disgraced US Diplomat Won't Cop to Racist Tirade

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April 20, 2011

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*Action: Barbara Boxer: Ending the Endless War
California Senator Barbara Boxer has re-introduced former Senator Feingold's bill requiring the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan - a timetable with an end date. Senators Durbin, Harkin, Gillibrand, and Brown have already signed on as co-sponsors. A real deadline for US withdrawal would facilitate meaningful peace talks. More visible Senate criticism of the endless war can move the White House. Urge your Senator to co-sponsor.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/s186

Greg Mortenson Responds to His Critics
Concedes omissions, "compression," and "literary license"; says he pays all his own travel since January; agrees only 41% of his foundation's spending goes to schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but argues much of the remainder goes for public education in the US about the need for the schools; says there's one school listed on CAI's website that he now thinks doesn't exist; concedes some double-counting in northern Pakistan, which he blames on double-dealing by a local manager.
http://outsideonline.com/adventure/travel-ga-greg-mortenson-interview-sidwcmdev_155690.html

*Action: Human Rights First: Egyptian Military Sentences Blogger to Three Years in Prison

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