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      Barbara Lee Takes Afghanistan Issue to Democratic Party National Committee

      Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) addresses the Democratic National Convention. (Photo: Andrew Geraci)

      Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) is proposing that the Democratic National Committee officially commit itself to a policy of “prioritizing job creation and a swift withdrawal of U.S. armed forces and military contractors in Afghanistan which must include a significant and sizable reduction no later than July 2011.”

      The DNC will take up the resolution at its February 24-26 meeting in Washington, D.C.

      Lee’s office is calling on all peace and justice advocates at state levels to contact their DNC representatives and urge them to support the resolution.

      The resolution is a challenge to the military-contractor-hawk alliance pushing President Obama to make only token troop withdrawals beginning this July. Others within Democratic policy circles have proposed reductions of approximately 60,000 between this July and July 2012. The Lee resolution declares that the reduction should be “significant and sizeable” and aimed at “a swift withdrawal of U.S. armed forces and military contractors.”

      President Obama has not made his decision known, making the DNC resolution debate timely. Lee, according to a recent statement, hopes to “change the President’s political calculus” going into the 2012 election.

      For the complete resolution, see here.

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      Reader Comments (2)

      I was at the DNC meeting today when this resolution passed. The only "blow-back" before the vote on the resolution was from Debbie Dingell, DNC Member from Michigan, who asked if the White House agreed with this resolution for she was concerned that the Party would get ahead of the President on this issue. She was told that this and all resolutions had been vetted with the White House (thereby, giving implicit approval, one can say).

      February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlice Paul

      Congratulations! The DNC General Membership just passed the Report of the Resolutions Committee [which included this resolution that was passed by the Resolutions Committee two days ago (as per my previous comment above)]. An excellent step ahead for the Peace Community, the Democratic Party, and our nation. Bravo!

      February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlice Paul
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