Last September, 57 members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama, urging that he "reject any recommendation for a further escalation of U.S. military forces there." Both of the Seventh-day Adventist members of Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas (right) and Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland (below, one of seven Republicans), were among the signatories who declared to the President:
We support your administration's declared goals of defeating Al Qaeda and reducing the global terrorist threat. But, we believe that adding even more U.S. troops to the military escalation that your administration ordered in March would be counterproductive. We urge you to consider and pursue the full range of alternative options including applying the lessons of the Cold War where we isolate and contain those who pose a threat to our national security.
An administration request for an additional $33 billion to cover costs of the war in Afghanistan is expected to come before Congress soon. Will our elected representatives, including those who spoke out against escalation, acquiesce?
The matter likely will be complicated by being combined with other issues. However, David Swanson is among those calling upon Congress to take a stand:
Antiwar advocates for peace and justice are not taking all of this lying down. Cities are passing resolutions opposing any more war funding. People are holding vigils and sit-ins at local congressional offices -- more than 100 of which are planned for May 19th. Congressional phones are ringing, newspaper editors are receiving letters, and an online whip list -- a list of where every House member stands -- is being constantly updated. In the end, though, the fundamental question is how many people will outgrow their partisan loyalties, of either variety, and tell their representative that they will vote for someone else if he or she votes for more war.
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