Afghanistan? Out now!
Published Oct 12, 2009 10:46 PM
The week of Oct. 4 two events kept Afghanistan on the front pages.
Resistance forces attacked a U.S. military outpost and engaged in a
full-fledged battle. Ten U.S. troops died.
President Barack Obama ordered a last-minute meeting with his Afghanistan
commanding general, Stanley McChrystal, on Air Force One in Copenhagen,
Someone in the Pentagon had “leaked” McChrystal’s demand for
40,000 more U.S. troops. This put right-wing pressure on the Obama
administration to quickly accede to the generals. Obama stated clearly he has
no intention of ordering U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. But he wants time to
examine his other options.
Any organization that hopes to represent the working class—including the
unemployed and all the oppressed peoples—in the U.S. cannot be
indifferent to a conflict between a civilian, elected representative and the
appointed, professional killers in the upper reaches of the Pentagon.
But it would be foolish to believe that either side in this internal
ruling-class debate represents the interests of working and poor people, either
here in the U.S. or in Afghanistan. What the two sides are discussing, debating
and might wind up in a sharp conflict about, is how to promote U.S. imperialist
interests in Central Asia.
Imperialist interests are the very opposite of the best interests of the Afghan
peasants and working people as well as those of the workers, unemployed and
oppressed in the U.S. The only acceptable strategy to serve those popular
interests is to get the U.S. and all NATO troops out of Afghanistan, now.
The anti-war movement here is hitting the streets this October to oppose this
war. Join those protests!
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