Bring the Troops Home from Afghanistan


Bring the Troops Home from Afghanistan

Adopted on Oct. 30, 2009


Whereas, eight years ago, the global "War on Terror" began in Afghanistan; we must again ask ourselves, is this the "good" war?;

Whereas, Congress just appropriated $106.5 billion more for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq while our states and cities face deep cuts in social services and unemployment grows;


Whereas, the war in Afghanistan is escalating and since the Obama Administration took over, the U.S. has sent 20,000 additional troops; and is considering sending up to an additional 40,000 troops; and

Whereas, this is the deadliest year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the invasion, and as of October 26, 2009 the Department of Defense reported that 807 U.S. soldiers are dead and 4,359 wounded;


Whereas, in Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries, 3.7 million have fled their homeland (population 29 million) and over 20,000 have died;

Whereas, unmanned U.S. drone attacks (controlled from Nevada) are killing many Afghan civilians, creating deep anger, and thereby making our nation far less secure;

Whereas, a Carnegie Foundation study finds, "that the mere presence of foreign soldiers fighting in Afghanistan is probably the single most important factor in the resurgence of the Taliban";

Whereas, the U.S. Government, even after eight years has no exit strategy for disengaging our military from Afghanistan;

Whereas, the U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), with 94 cosponsors, has introduced HR 2404 that requires that "not later than Dec. 31, 2009 the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a report outlining the U.S. exit Strategy for U.S. military forces in Afghanistan";

Therefore, be it resolved that AFT-W urges Wisconsin congresspersons to push for an imminent, rapid withdrawal of all U.S. troops and bases from Afghanistan and to resolve the conflict there with economic development that raises living standards, with diplomacy, and negotiations that include the Taliban and all of Afghanistan's neighbors;


Be it further resolved, that AFT-W supports HR 2404 and urges the AFT and AFL-CIO to support this responsible legislation; and be it finally

Resolved that the AFT-Wisconsin 2009 convention forwards this resolution to the AFT national Executive Council.