by Charles Lemos, Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 09:16:31 PM EDT
Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films was recently in Afghanistan. Here's another of the trailers from his upcoming documentary on Afghanistan. Brave New Films aims to foster the kind of discussion, debate and dissent that President Obama has said he welcomes. BNF's work-along with a network of bloggers, progressive leaders, magazines like The Nation, peace and justice groups-is launching much-needed Congressional hearings on vital areas such as the role and goals of the US military in Afghanistan, oversight of contractors, transparent budgeting and clear metrics to measure progress toward a defined exit strategy.
Do we really want to spend our tax dollars on a war that could last a decade or more? The Obama Administration has taken some smart steps to counter this economic crisis with its budget request. Do we really want to see that effort wasted by expanding military demands?
Watch Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and journalists, military and foreign policy experts, leading economists, and many more explain just how much the war in Afghanistan will cost us over how many years.
We must urge Congress to raise key questions about this war at once. As FireDogLake blogger Siun recently wrote, "Once again we are planning a surge with no exit plan and a continued lack of concern for the most basic protection of the civilians in the land we claim to liberate."
Learn more at Rethink Afghanistan.