As candidate and president, Barack Obama has always insisted that the military invasion of Afghanistan was justified. Just three weeks after his inauguration, he ordered 17,000 U.S. troops to the country to bolster the 38,000 forces already there – continuing down the path laid down by Bush and Cheney.
In March, his defense secretary, Robert Gates, said it is imperative to increase Afghanistan’s own military and provide more foreign troops in order to secure the presidential election in August. “The mission is to prevent the Taliban from retaking power.”
But peace activists know that Washington’s true goal in Afghanistan has always been to establish permanent U.S. military bases there, protected by a government favorable to U.S. corporations – especially Big Oil.
Meanwhile, the Afghan people
continue to suffer. A United Nations study reported that 2008 was the most violent year in Afghanistan since 2001, and analysts expect that 2009 will be even deadlier.
The continued occupation of Afghanistan by the U.S. will neither aid the country’s people nor stop terrorism. It will only destroy even more lives while adding to the wealth of a few corporations that profit from carnage or oil.
End the occupation! All troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq now!