Rethink Afghanistan

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.

Tags: Afghanistan, Foreign Aid, US Foreign Policy (all tags)



Re: Rethink Afghanistan

Will someone who opposes the "surge" please tell me how we might be able to provide the security in Afghanistan necessary to help support civil affairs projects essential to stabilizing Afghanistan.  We found the Taliban forming there because we walked away from Afghanistan and forgot about it when the former Soviets left.  We didn't do the heavy lifting then and it cost us and the world dearly.  Those advocating walking away now are calling for a redux of that failed policy.  Why should we expect any better outcome?  What's the program being offered to stop a resurgence of the Taliban and al Qaeda?

by VizierVic 2009-04-21 05:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Rethink Afghanistan

You should be a little careful not to project your thoughts onto those who suggest a different policy.  I am not advocating a pullout, but those who advocate a pullout are not "calling for a redux of that failed policy" either.  

The Taliban formed for several reasons, and only some of them are tangentially related to the US absence.  After all, the Taliban did not form in Bangladesh (which was just as poor, and just as Muslim) where the US is not present, etc. etc.  

And finally, before you demand answers of those who oppose the surge (again, I do not "oppose" the surge), you should perhaps try answering this question yourself:  How does the surge (I am guessing you mean the additional 30k troops or whatever) help in providing "the security in Afghanistan necessary to help support civil affairs projects essential to stabilizing Afghanistan".

by Ravi Verma 2009-04-21 07:54AM | 0 recs
Can You Say "Pipeline"?

The Caspian pipeline that runs through Afghanistan is the primary reason that we have a significant military presence there.  Once again, it's all about BLACK GOLD - just look at where our troops are.

by baghdadjoe 2009-04-21 05:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Can You Say "Pipeline"?

I have a hard time with this argument. If this were true why would the biggest friends of big oil, the Bush administration, ignore Afghanistan for seven years. Thus effectively stopping this pipeline from being built.

by jsfox 2009-04-21 05:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Can You Say "Pipeline"?

You are right. He is wrong... and this is one of the few times I have felt Brave New Films was wrong as well.

by JDF 2009-04-21 08:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Rethink Afghanistan

These war always being a part of wastage of economy. Don't know why people fight. These documentry are nice to let the people know what the US army are doing in Afghanistan.

by bobsmith 2009-04-22 02:31AM | 0 recs


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