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      Out Of Afghanistan Caucus

      If this was Bush's war in Afghanistan, at least 100 Congressional Democrats would be voting against it and stirring up debate. Because it's Obama's War, however, they have been cautious to break party unity over another trillion dollar war in which 1,000 American soldiers have been killed. The same Congressional progressives have been caught up in the stimulus bill, the health care package, Wall Street reform, and an oil-drilling catastrophe, all of which leaves less free time to oppose the Afghanistan War.

      The good news is that rank-and-file Democrats and Independents have broken away from the president's war policies. They think it's unaffordable, unwinnable, and not making us safer as a nation.

      If any Congressional Democrats are paying attention to their constituencies, there are three important choices on the near horizon:

      - a chance to join the new Out of Afghanistan Caucus just launched by Rep. John Conyers, a clear opportunity to separate themselves from the president's policy; [Conyers letter to Congress]

      - a probable chance to vote for or against the president's $33 billion supplemental request for his troop escalation; [HR 3699]

      - a vote on Rep. Jim McGovern's and Sen. Russ Feingold's HR 5015 and SB 3187, demanding an exit strategy which includes a "flexible timetable" for US troop withdrawals.

      Neither the White House and Congress are ready to end the war. But they are sinking into a quagmire, and are worried about the growth of anti-war public opinion among those Democrats and Independents. 

      This is a chance for the anti-war movement to make a difference in a peace offensive at home through 2012.

      See the box on the upper right-hand side of this e-mail titled "Voting/Co-sponsor Records of Congressional Representatives" to find out where your member of Congress stands on Afghanistan, and urge them to become a part of the Out of Afghanistan caucus.

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