War Dominated Foreign Policy Is Destroying the Economy and National Security

Join Peace Vet-Led Protest at White House on December 16th

The White House is in the midst of a strategic review of Afghanistan. This review is coming at a time when the reality is hard to ignore: Afghanistan cannot be won, the cost is escalating at a time when the U.S. economy is in collapse and the war is undermining U.S. national security and the rule of law.  It is time to end the war-based foreign policy of the United States.

Opposition to war is growing. Sixty-one House members wrote president Obama last month calling for an end to the Afghan war. The letter was co-signed by 57 Democrats and 4 Republicans.  They wrote: “This has become the longest war in US history. The rate of casualties is at an all-time high. And we have already spent $365 billion on this unwinnable war.”  This reflects the views of Americans.  A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 50 percent of those surveyed said the United States should not be involved in Afghanistan, compared to 41 percent who opposed the war in September.

Antiwar advocates are standing behind the peace veterans who will be leading the largest veterans led civil resistance action against war in many years on December 16th at the White House. Veterans for Peace and other anti-war groups, including my organization Voters for Peace, will be protesting the wars in which the U.S. is engaged. 

Navy veteran, Mike Ferner, who serves as National President of Veterans For Peace, last week wrote President Obama requesting a meeting and letting him know that if they do not hear from him, veterans will come to the White House until they meet President Obama “or until we are dragged away in full view of our nation and the world — military veterans, carrying their nation’s flag, seeking a meeting with their president in the season of Peace.”

Ferner reports, “The action in D.C. on December 16 has all the markings of the spark that could light a prairie fire.  Enthusiastic responses are coming in from all corners of the country as people hear about this 100% grassroots, spontaneous effort.”

Other vets explain why they are participating.  Leah Bolger, who served in the Navy from 1980-2000; and is a National Vice-President of Veterans for Peace, says she is “shamed by the actions of my government and I will do everything in my power to make it stop killing innocent people in my name.”

Army veteran, Tarak Kauff, sums up the views of many peace vets saying: “War for empire, endless and cruel war, resulting in suffering, destruction and death for millions, a war economy here at home that steals from ordinary citizens and makes the few enormously wealthy – these are powerful reasons for us to put our bodies on the wheels, the levers, the apparatus of the war-making machine and demand that it stop. Enough is enough. One innocent child killed or maimed is enough, let alone thousands. There is no glory, no heroism, no good wars, no justification whatsoever; it is, all of it, based on lies.”

There is growing recognition of the connections between war and the economy.  One of those who has decided to participate in the peace event is Margaret Flowers, MD, who is most known for her activism for real health care reform, improving Medicare and making it available to everyone.  She explains her participation by noting the connection between war and “social and economic justice” and to achieve those goals we “must stand together to demand an end to all wars; the external wars that our nation wages on people around the world and the internal war being waged against the people of America through policies that put corporate greed over our needs for jobs, education, food and health care.”

Indeed, an analysis of the U.S. debt demonstrates how “the U.S. central government deficit problem has one source – addiction to war and empire. That addiction has led to borrowing on an unprecedented scale, making it impossible for the U.S. to stimulate its economy through accumulated savings and making it increasingly nervous about the accelerating practice of borrowing on a mass scale. The Quantitative Easing approach – creating money out of nothing – has been made inevitable by the massive deficits used to sustain empire abroad.”

There are many reasons to join the peace vets on December 16th.  Former New York Times war correspondent and noted author, Chris Hedges, who will be joining the protest, writes that the antidote for loss of hope is action “anything that seeks to draw the good to the good, nourishes our souls and holds out the possibility that we can touch and transform the souls of others. Hope affirms that which we must affirm. And every act that imparts hope is a victory in itself.”  In short — restore hope, take action.

Every day the news reports the corruption of U.S. foreign policy, how the United States is killing civilians, incarcerating thousands without trials, participating or allowing torture, spying on diplomats and on and on.  The bad news is never ending.  The way to counteract the bad news of U.S. wars is to stand up against them.  This is a critical moment.  The Obama administration is conducting a review of Afghanistan and was just beaten in the mid-term elections.  His base is angry over his war and economic policies.  While no one single demonstration or action will end the wars, building a movement to do so will – in fact, an independent movement calling for an end to military-based foreign policy is a critical ingredient to ending U.S. wars.

Join us on December 16th.  For more information click here.

Kevin Zeese co-directs Popular Resistance and is on the coordinating council for the Maryland Green Party. Read other articles by Kevin, or visit Kevin's website.

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  1. bozh said on December 9th, 2010 at 11:00am #

    but if they wld carry u.s flag, the crowd chanting usa,usa,usa, cld do as well.
    and once again warlords and masters of people are the winners.
    u.s is governed solely by laws. not by a protest or march.
    the wars [if one wants to call them that?] are legal.
    u.s prez had not broken any law.

    for the sake of just not maiming-killing children, render occupations of and raids against an innocent people illegal.
    there is no other way! stop the delusion! and do smthing worthwhile.
    but carry u.s flag; invoke constitution, which, btw, hadn’t ever been violated, is illusory; total waste of time or even result in greater violence against innocent people! shame on all of u! tnx

  2. AaronG said on December 9th, 2010 at 7:13pm #

    Some things disturbed me about this article…………….

    To prove that “Opposition to war is growing” the author wrote “Sixty-one House members wrote president Obama last month calling for an end to the Afghan war”. Huh??!! If 61 humans in Congress/Senate think that war is bad then they must be right (even though their reasons are surely political and opportunistic). These 61 humans are also about 7,000 years too late to jump on the anti-war bandwagon. Millions of people – mothers, fathers, relatives, friends – have been against war for thousands of years.

    Like bozh, I was also disturbed about your flag worship quote from Navy veteran Mike Ferner. Nationalism is one of the biggest killers and is used by rulers to justify imperial ambitions. Why would an anti-war organisation worship this symbol?

    “Veterans for Peace” sounds like an oxymoron. Sure, I understand why they would be disgruntled on return from duty, but let’s go back a few years…………when they signed up to the army, were they expecting to grow broccoli? Or get shot at (and shoot). If less lemmings signed up, the rulers cannot enact their ambitions………….

  3. hayate said on December 9th, 2010 at 11:49pm #

    It’s called Jewish influence, kz. That’s why you get nowhere. It’s da plan, mon. But you already knew that…

  4. hayate said on December 9th, 2010 at 11:59pm #

    “Every day the news reports the corruption of U.S. foreign policy, how the United States is killing civilians, incarcerating thousands without trials, participating or allowing torture, spying on diplomats and on and on. The bad news is never ending. The way to counteract the bad news of U.S. wars is to stand up against them.”

    And completely ignore how these jewish zionist crimes work to israel’s benefit, at the expense of everyone else. WTF cares,they aint special, they’re just expendable goys. Isn’t that right, kz.

  5. mary said on December 15th, 2010 at 3:42am #

    A friend of mine said good riddance! The gaunt skeletal Blair was singing his praises yesterday- one war criminal praises another.

    The BBC have not stopped their eulogizing about Holbrooke yet.

    Richard Holbrooke – A Zionist Running The War In Afghanistan

    To understand why Obama is pushing the war in Afghanistan, one needs to understand that the Obama administration is really a Zionist-controlled government. If this were not already abundantly clear, it can be seen by the person appointed to apply U.S. policy in the region. That person is Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke, one of Obama’s first appointments. Holbrooke, a Zionist Jew and a long-time associate of Henry Kissinger, is the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Holbrooke is described by State Dept. workers as “abrasive and arrogant.” He is a student of Kissinger-style diplomacy with a “hyperaggressive style,” according to Meryl Gordon of New York Magazine. Holbrooke and Kissinger have been friends and co-workers since the early 1960s in Vietnam. Gordon wrote that Holbrooke is often described as “arrogant, ambitious, pushy, relentless, argumentative, ego-obsessed, social-climbing, and just plain rude.” James Hoge, editor of Foreign Affairs said, Holbrooke is brusque and impatient with those who disagree with him. “**** can’t brook argument. He’s right, you’re wrong.”