Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Obama, Jesus, and War
By Code Pink
ccun.org, May 21, 2009
A letter from CODEPINK: Women for Peace to George Karsa
What a shame. Today the House voted 368 to 60 to spend
billions more of our tax dollars ($96.7 billion) for the wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq. While we walked the halls of Congress all week
urging a "NO" vote, Congressmembers were being lobbied hard by the White
House to vote for it. President Barack Obama met with the Progressive
Caucus to push the war funding, and each member who showed skepticism
received phone calls from the White House.
"Did you know that
President Obama is more popular than Jesus Christ?," Cong. Emanuel Cleaver
asked us. "I didn't like this bill, but I voted for it. It's hard to stand
up to such a popular president."
Fifty-one courageous Democrats
(list below), however, did just that. "The pressure was intense," said
freshman Cong. Donna Edwards. "But I just returned from Afghanistan and
people there kept saying that the solution is not more troops but more
Cong. Lynn Woolsey agreed. "This bill
has no exit strategy," she told us, "and it allocates over 90% of the
money for the military and less than 10% for development. This even
contradicts General Petraeus' own counter-insurgency doctrine of 80%
non-military and 20% military."
While we were outside Congress
with the banner "Stop Funding War," Cong. Sheila Jackson Lee stopped to
talk to us." "I must tell you ladies that I voted for the bill this time
but I don't feel good about it and I plan to revisit this. I want to thank
you for being out here and tell you that you need to keep doing what
you're doing, keep the pressure on--in fact, turn it up. That's the only
way we'll ever get out of these wars."
Next week the war funding
will be voted in the Senate. So please take Congresswoman Lee's advice and
turn up the pressure. Call the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121,
ask for your Senators, and say--loudly and clearly--that you want him/her
to vote against more money for war. Say you want a surge in negotiations
and development assistance, not troops. For more help see talking points
We know--and you know--that war is not the answer. Let's
help Obama and Congress move us on a new path.
Yes we can, yes we
Allison, Audrey, Blaine, Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael,
Gayle, Janna, Janet, Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Lydia, Medea, Nancy, Pam,
Paris, and Rae
PS. If you haven't seen the courageous team of
Desiree Fairooz and Medea Benjamin taking on Rumsfeld, don't miss it. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDmRdfyAUio&feature=player_embedded)
Here are some key talking points:
At a time of economic crisis and multiplying domestic needs, the 2009
Supplemental is an appalling waste of our money.
Supplemental funds the increase of troops to Afghanistan, escalating the
war rather than ending it. (http://www.womensaynotowar.org/article.php?id=4721)
The Supplemental places no restrictions on American bombings in
either Afghanistan or Pakistan, despite the disproportionate harm to
The Supplemental maintains a high level of American troops in
Iraq for the duration of FY 2009.
Nay Votes on H R 2346, Supplemental Appropriations, 5/14/09
Neal (MA) Oberstar