Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

End Wars and Occupations

Written by  Sandy Davies

Since 2001, terrorism and instability have increased wherever the U.S. has intervened militarily. We call on the President and Congress to rethink the false premises of an ever-expanding "global war on terror" in which Western-led alliances of absolute monarchs, corrupt governments and proxy forces fight endlessly proliferating enemies in more and more countries.

Instead we support political and diplomatic initiatives to genuinely promote peace, disarmament and the rule of international law, and to treat terrorism primarily as a crime, not as a pretext for war and global military expansion. Cut the US military budget to its 1998 level and beyond, and bring our troops home to their families. Redirect wasteful military spending to meet real human needs, create jobs and reinvest in America. From nuclear weapons to climate change, the challenges facing the world today are too serious to be sacrificed to the strategic ambitions of any one country, including our own.

The End Wars and Occupations Team is part of PDA's Fund Human Needs/Cut Pentagon Waste platform. We work on the following issues:

  • Complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan
  • Diplomacy to prevent war and end sanctions on Iran
  • End CIA/JSOC operations against Syria and recommit to June 2012 Geneva peace agreement
  • End drone strikes, and all other "targeted killing" operations
  • Recommit to peace and to the rule of constitutional and international law
  • Reduce the record US military budget, bring troops home and reinvest in America

End Wars and Occupations Statistics and Facts

The current $633 billion Pentagon budget is higher than at any time during Vietnam or the Cold War.

The Obama Administration has conducted an average of 13 air-strikes per day, 91% in Afghanistan. Bush conducted 17,500 air-strikes on Afghanistan and 29,000 on Iraq during the invasions of those countries, but otherwise launched only 9 air-strikes per day.

The US returned to a peacetime military budget of $390 billion per year in 1955, 1975 and again in 1998 (adjusted for inflation). We can do the same agai now saving $243 billion per year, enough to create 5 million good jobs in America building windmills and solar panels, educating our children and providing healthcare for all.

Legislation Our Team Has Endorsed

  • HR 4608 (Lee - D-CA-13) Repeal Authorized Use of Military Force
  • HR 200 (Lee - D-CA-13) Responsible End to Afghanistan War
  • HR 783 (Lee-D-CA-13) Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War Through Diplomacy
  • HR 2494 (Gibson-R-NY-19) Protecting Americans from the Proliferation of Weapons to Terrorists in Syria

Team Accomplishments

How You Can Get Involved

Coalition Partners

National Priorities Project (NPP), United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), Code Pink, Win Without WarProject Defense Alternatives (PDA), US Labor Against the War (USLAW), Jobs NOT Wars Campaign, Peace Action

Issue Team Leaders

Rob Hansen
Virginia Hauflaire
Marc Levin
Carl Moos
Sally Weiss

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