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JFP News 10/27: Top US Official Resigns in Protest Over Afghanistan

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October 27, 2009


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NoEscalation.org: Help Us Push and Track Congress on Afghanistan Escalation
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"Lessons in Disaster": If Obama Caves to the Pentagon, He's No Jack Kennedy

The Wall Street Journal reported that President Obama has read Gordon Goldstein's book on the path to U.S. military escalation in Vietnam. So he knows that President Kennedy said no to the U.S. military on sending combat troops to Vietnam, and he knows that the notion that you have to do whatever the military says is madness.
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"Lessons in Disaster": If Obama Caves to the Pentagon, He's No Jack Kennedy

President Obama knows better than to agree to General McChrystal's proposal for military escalation in Afghanistan. He read the book.

On October 7, the Wall Street Journal reported that top officials of the Obama Administration, including President Obama himself, had recently read Gordon Goldstein's book on the path to U.S. military escalation in Vietnam: Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam.

The Journal reported that "For opponents of a major troop increase, led by Biden and Emanuel, "'Lessons in Disaster' ... encapsulates their concerns about accepting military advice unchallenged."

Indeed, a central theme of the book is President Kennedy's willingness, on the question of ground troops in Vietnam, to do what President Obama has not yet done regarding demands for military escalation in Afghanistan: stand up to the U.S. military and say no.

Journalist Seymour Hersh, a close student of the U.S. military since he broke the story of the My Lai massacre, says the U.S. army is "in a war against the White House - and they feel they have Obama boxed in." Hersh says the only way out is for Obama to stand up to the Pentagon. "He's either going to let the Pentagon run him or he has to run the Pentagon," Hersh said. If he doesn't, "this stuff is going to be the ruin of his presidency." The only way for the U.S. to extricate itself from the conflict, Hersh says, is to negotiate with the Taliban. "It's the only way out," he said. "I know that there's a lot of discussion in the White House about this now. But Obama is going to have to take charge, and there's no evidence he's going to do that."

JFP 10/26: Ramos-Horta: Talks with Taliban Essential for Afghan Stablity

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October 26, 2009


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1) Bringing all Afghan parties, including the Taliban, into talks is essential to long-term stability in Afghanistan, writes East Timor President and Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta for the Wall Street Journal. The Taliban is strong enough to make Afghanistan ungovernable for the U.S. indefinitely. The U.S. is strong enough to keep the Taliban from ever cementing its hold on the country if the US wants to do so. In East Timor and elsewhere, a stalemate opened the door to dialogue and compromise. The U.S. should use this moment to explore ways for a transitional arrangement that allows the Taliban to share power, brings an end to the fighting and provides for the timely exit of U.S. forces.

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JFP News 10/23: vanden Heuvel promotes noescalation.org

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October 23, 2009


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NoEscalation.org: Help Us Push and Track Congress on Afghanistan Escalation
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Bill Moyers Journal talks with Justice Goldstone
Moyers talks with Justice Richard Goldstone, who headed up the UN Human Rights Council investigation into fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.
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1) President Obama will soon make what could be the defining decision of his presidency - whether to send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, writes Katrina vanden Heuvel in The Nation. Security in the US and the region depend not on this misguided "surge," but on commonsense counterterrorist and homeland security measures, vanden Heuvel writes. She urges Nation readers to press Members of Congress to oppose escalation via the website http://NoEscalation.org.

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JFP News 10/22: Gates, Obama "moving" on troop decision

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October 22, 2009


NoEscalation.org: Help Us Push and Track Congress on Afghanistan Escalation
Just Foreign Policy, together with Peace Action, Code Pink, United for Peace and Justice, and Voters for Peace, has launched a new project to try to stop U.S. military escalation in Afghanistan. Help us by calling Members of Congress, asking where they stand, and reporting the results. You can also post press clips documenting Congressional opposition to the war.
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NoEscalation.org: Can the Peace Movement Reach President Obama?
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1) Defense Secretary Gates said Thursday he is moving ahead with his recommendation on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan and would first tell the president before a NATO defense ministers meeting this week, Reuters reports. Obama said Wednesday he could reach a decision on his new war strategy for Afghanistan before the outcome of an Afghan election run-off on November 7.

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NoEscalation.org: Can the Peace Movement Reach President Obama?

If there were ever a time when the peace movement should be able to have an impact on U.S. foreign policy, that time should be now. If there were ever a time for extraordinary effort to achieve such an impact, that time is now.

The war in Afghanistan is in its ninth year. McChrystal's proposal could continue it for another ten years, at a likely cost of a trillion dollars, and many more lives of U.S. soldiers and Afghan civilians. The contradiction between domestic needs and endless war was never more apparent. Congress fights over whether we can "afford" to provide every American with quality health care, but every health care reform proposal on the table will likely cost less than McChrystal's endless war. A recent CNN poll says 6 in 10 Americans oppose sending more troops.

Democratic leaders in Congress are deeply skeptical: as far back as June, Rep. Murtha and Rep. Obey voted for Rep. McGovern's amendment demanding an exit strategy, and that was before the Afghan election fiasco, when international forces failed at their key objective of providing security, and before McChrystal demanded a 60% increase in U.S. forces, on top of the 50% increase approved earlier this year. Our troops are "exhausted," Murtha says.

Top Administration officials share the skepticism. Vice-President Biden, Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, and Afghan scholar Barnett Rubin, an advisor to Ambassador Holbrooke, have all been arguing against a troop increase: the political people on the grounds that the American people and Congress won't support it; Biden on the grounds that it would be a diversion from Pakistan; Rubin on the grounds that it would be counterproductive to reconciliation in Afghanistan.

JFP 10/21: NoEscalation.org - Get Congress on the Record

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October 21, 2009


NoEscalation.org: Help Us Push and Track Congress on Afghanistan Escalation
Just Foreign Policy, together with Peace Action, Code Pink, United for Peace and Justice, and Voters for Peace, is launching a new project to try to stop U.S. military escalation in Afghanistan. Help us by calling Members of Congress, asking where they stand, and reporting the results. You can also post press clips documenting Congressional opposition to the war (like the Boston Globe item posted today on John Tierney, #2 below.)
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1) Americans are evenly and deeply divided over whether Obama should send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, the Washington Post reports. 47 percent of those polled favor the buildup, while 49 percent oppose it. [A recent CNN poll said 6 in 10 oppose sending more troops - JFP.] Just a third of Democrats favor sending about 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, with 61 percent opposed - 51 percent strongly so. Independents divide on the troop issue, with 47 percent favoring a substantial increase and 50 percent opposing it.

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JFP News 10/20: Most Americans Say "Afghanistan = Vietnam"

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October 20, 2009


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1) A majority of Americans think that the war in Afghanistan has turned into "another Vietnam," CNN reports. 59 percent oppose sending more U.S. troops. Of those opposed, 28 percent want Washington to withdraw all U.S troops, 21 percent are calling for a partial American pullout, and 8 percent say the number of troops should remain the same.

2) Secretary of Defense Gates said the US cannot wait for problems surrounding the legitimacy of the Afghan government to be resolved before making a decision on troops, Reuters reports. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had said Obama's pending decision on additional U.S. troops depended on whether the Kabul government is effective.

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JFP News 10/16: Iran Ready for Nuclear Deal?

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October 16, 2009


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1) Iran experts and regional analysts say that Iran finally may be ready to make a deal on its nuclear program, less because it is under pressure than because it has already achieved what it set out to do, the New York Times reports. The point when both sides have a chance to declare victory may have been reached. "If the Iranian endgame is to keep enrichment, and if the United States' endgame is to make sure there are no nuclear weapons in Iran, then it can be a win-win," said Trita Parsi of NIAC. Experts say Iran's intention all along was to strengthen its hand in dealing with the West, to achieve legitimacy, security and recognition of its leadership in the region. Iran's meeting with the US and Western powers in Geneva brought it within reach of those goals. The US negotiated directly with Iran and, perhaps more important, Iran walked away with an implicit acceptance of its right to continue enrichment on its own soil, which it considers a matter of national sovereignty.

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JFP News 10/15: In Defense of Rachel Corrie

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October 15, 2009


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In Defense of Rachel Corrie
When a local theatre company does a production of the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie," based on the writings of the slain American peace activist, controversy is sure to follow. But here are a few things strident critics of the play don't want you to know.
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