There's been an exciting spate of anti-Afghanistan-War activity in Washington, D.C. and around the country over the past several days.
- U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.) have blog posts up at The Huffington Post, arguing for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Their posts draw attention to Lee's reintroduction of the Responsible End to the Afghanistan War Act, which would prohibit the use of military funds in Afghanistan for any other purpose other than the safe and orderly withdrawal of our troops.
- Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan campaign is running the first-ever anti-Afghanistan-War ad on TV on CNN in Washington, D.C. this week . (I'm proud to be a political director at BNF, running the Rethink Afghanistan campaign.)
- Sojourners, the magazine/website run by Rev. Jim Wallis' group, focuses this month's edition on ending the Afghanistan War , and is launching a campaign to press for the withdrawal of troops.
All of this couldn't come at a better time. As Spring arrives, fighting season will begin, and even the U.S. military, who promised the latest escalation would lead to increased security for the Afghan population, are warning that this year will be more violent than last year.
By the way, last year was the most violent year of the war so far. (Every new year seems to be the worst year of the war so far. What does that tell you?)
Don't let the lack of Egypt-sized protests fool you. In the fight to end the Afghanistan War, it's later than you think . With so many people favoring congressional action to shorten the war , we're closer to victory in the anti-Afghanistan-War movement than we've ever been. Stay strong.