Congress Has the Power and Responsibility to End this War
The House of Representatives will be voting this week, possibly as early as Tuesday, on $33 billion in funding to escalate the war in Afghanistan. The vote comes at a time of embarrassment and evident failure in Afghanistan. Record deaths of troops and Afghan civilian, rapidly rising spending and reports indicating it will just get worse.
The news reports of problems on the ground are bad enough, but the release of 92,000 documents by Wikileaks shows the war is "more grim than the official portrayal," as the New York Times concluded. TIME's Joe Klein reported said that the documents make clear how futile the situation in Afghanistan is and how utterly duplicitous our Pakistani "ally" has been.
Summarizing the Wikileaks war documents, the Guardian says:
"ó How a secret "black" unit of Special Forces hunts down Taliban leaders for "kill or capture" without trial.
"ó How the US covered up evidence that the Taliban have acquired deadly surface-to-air missiles.
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