October 08, 2011



Ten years ago today, America began the war in Afghanistan. While I voted to defend our country, I have always led the fight against the license President Bush took to continue the war. We've been in Afghanistan longer than we had ground troops in Vietnam; the war has continued longer than the Revolutionary War.

Afghanistan remains a nightmare. We must vigorously seek peace and reject the notion of unending and inevitable war. It may be politically convenient to just continue this conflict - to pass the buck and wait another day, another month, another year. This is shortsighted, and it has proved disastrous for our brave service men and women, the people of Afghanistan, and the millions of Americans who have been left behind by our war centric mentality.

It's time to end the war in Afghanistan. For our service members and their families, for struggling Americans that need investment and jobs, for the future generations who will bear the financial burdon of this war for years to come, let's end the war. Let's end it now.

The war in Afghanistan has already cost half a trillion dollars and the deaths of 1,682 of our troops. Congress must stop funding it and the administration must bring home our troops - not in 2012 or on the 20th anniversary, but now!

With respect and determination,

Dennis Kucinich