Im am writing because I just don’t understand it…
Many Americans are concerned that the government isn’t doing enough to reduce unemployment. Others are concerned that new government spending to boost employment will add to the nation’s long term debt. But shortening the war in Afghanistan by a year would pay the two-year cost of the Local Jobs for America Act, which the House Education and Labor Committee says would create and save a million jobs.
Add that together with the fact U.S. officials concede there is no prospect of military victory over the Afghan insurgencies, and eventually there will need to be a negotiated political agreement with the leaders of the insurgencies to end the war; and it’s almost certain that an agreement that ends the war will require the U.S. to agree to a timetable for U.S. military withdrawal.
Maybe that’s why in November of last year, President Obama mentioned a starting date for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan: July 2011. But, as Administration officials have clarified, this is not a hard-set date to begin, and entails no end date.
Accordingly, a bill recently introduced by Representative Jim McGovern would change that: it would require the President to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
So my question is why in the world wouldn’t our Representatives and Senators sign on to the McGovern-Jonesbill, H.R. 5015, and Senator Feingold´s bill, S. 3197, to show their support for the theestablishment of a timetable for U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. After all, not only is the ethicall thing to do, but the economic recovery depends largely on it.