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As President Barack Obama was unveiling a new report on progress of the war in Afghanistan, a lineup of high-profile dissenters joined in an act of civil disobedience that ended with about 135 demonstrators being arrested outside the White House Thursday afternoon.
The number of arrestees came by way of an attorney for one of the defendants, who spoke to Raw Story.
Obama's report calls it "Progress". If this is progress, how does Mr. Obama define FAILURE? www.huffingtonpost.com...
The American people do not want this war. While hard working Americans are getting kicked out of their homes and living on the streets due to job losses and foreclosures, our Government is spending $120BIL a year for the war in Afghanistan.
Despite these huge costs, the situation on the ground is much worse than it was a year ago because the Taliban insurgency has made progress across the country. It is now very difficult to work outside the cities or even move around Afghanistan by road. The insurgents have built momentum, exploiting the shortcomings of the Afghan government and the mistakes of the coalition. The Taliban has become a national movement with a serious presence in the north and west. Foreign bases are completely isolated from their local environment and unable to protect the population. We've been in Afghanistan longer than the Soviet Red Army. Look at what that war did to the Soviets! How much more funny money will we print before we realize that we simply can not sustain this war? It is not economically feasible.
Our Soldiers are being medicated like never before: since 2001, 73,103 prescriptions for Zoloft have been dispensed, 38,199 for Prozac, 17,830 for Paxil and 12,047 for Cymbalta, according to Tricare 2009 data. All of the drugs carry a suicide warning label. In 2009 there were 160 active duty suicides, 239 suicides within the total Army including the Reserves, 146 active duty deaths from drug overdoses and high risk behavior and 1,713 suicide attempts. In addition to suicide, other out-of-character behavior like domestic violence is known to erupt from the drugs. www.globalresearch.ca...
We are sacrificing an entire generation for the benefit of the few who are in charge and have much to profit from all the destruction. War is not cheap. Take for example the much talked about drones: every Predator drone in use in Afghanistan costs taxpayers $4.5 million and a third of them crash. It costs $1,000,000 per soldier to support the war. Just think of all the jobs we could create with that money! Think of how robust our economy would be if we didn't feed this death machine!
There is a strong anti war movement in our country right now. I think our Leaders should listen...
Originally posted by Whereweheaded
What bothers me, it sounds as if it was a peaceful assembly, which is accordance with the First Amendment right
Originally posted by IrishCream
These protesters were well within their rights to hold such an assembly and ANYONE who reads this should be irrate, period!
...It is not just the war, but the banksters, the Fed, the TSA, and the affront to basic human rights.. Instead they try to jail Assange.
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