By Walter Pincus Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, August 23, 2010; A06 Three $100 million air base expansions in southern and northern Afghanistan illustrate Pentagon plans to continue building multimillion-dollar facilities in that country to support increased U.S. military operations well into the future. Despite growing public unhappiness with the Afghan war -- and President Obama's pledge that he will begin withdrawing troops in July 2011 -- many of the installations being built in Afghanistan have extended time horizons. None of the three projects in southern and northern Afghanistan is expected to be completed until the latter half of 2011. All of them are for use by U.S. forces rather than their Afghan counterparts.
Mass. Peace Action co-sponsors a monthly vigil at Sen. Kerry's office calling for an end to the Afghanistan War. The next vigil is Wednesday, August 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at One Bowdoin Square, Boston (Bowdoin T, blue line).
US deaths in Afghanistan reached 1,217 in July, and 6,773 have been wounded. Expenditures on the Afghanistan war have reached $324 billion. WikiLeaks made clear that the war is going even worse than the government admits, but Congress approved another $38 billion to escalate troop levels in Afghanistan with the support of Senators Kerry and Brown.
by Jeff Klein
So-called “IRAN DIVESTMENT” passed in the final days of Massachusetts state legislature and has been signed by Governor Patrick. We opposed this measure not out of support for the Iranian government, but because it was one local aspect of a national (and international) campaign to raise tensions with Iran and promote a new military confrontation. Israel’s purported interests are at the center of this campaign.
In theory, an investment policy that promotes the values of peace and human rights is desirable. But, despite the protestations of its supporters, that is not what the Iran Divestment bill is about. Although Iran’s record is far from perfect, there are worse human rights abusers who are US allies and which have threatened to attack or actually attacked their neighbors, as Iran has not. Israel, unlike Iran, is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and is believed to have as many as 200 nuclear weapons -- but receives upwards of $3 billion in annual US aid.
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