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‘It is time to bring our troops home and allow the people of Afghanistan to forge their own destiny’: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro | YouTube

“We have now had combat troops in Afghanistan for ten years. It has become the longest conflict in the history of our Republic. Over 2,000 brave American men and women have perished in this conflict…. Al Qaeda has been decimated, and Osama bin Laden has been brought to justice. Now, almost eleven years after we first arrived, it is time to bring our military involvement in Afghanistan to an end. Afghanistan is its own sovereign country, and its citizens need to take responsibility for their destiny. As for us, we need to bring our troops home, and start re-investing in America again…. The President recently signed an agreement in Kabul that would keep American troops in the region until 2024. 2024!? We need to bring our troops home NOW, not 16 years from now! This war is costing American taxpayers $134,000,000,000. Especially in a time when we are trying to cut the deficit, reduce unnecessary spending, and re-invest in our own economic growth, this is far too much. The entire GDP of Afghanistan is $30,000,000,000, less than a quarter of what we are spending there every year…. It is time to let to let local Afghans build their economy rather than rely on government contractors…. It is time to bring our troops home and allow the people of Afghanistan to forge their own destiny.” — Rep. Rosa DeLauro

From The Friends Committee on National Legislation:

Last week, your representative participated in the most powerful display of opposition to the war in Afghanistan on the House floor to date. On July 18th, while debating the 2013 House Defense Appropriations bill, your representative was one in a bipartisan group of 15 members who spoke collectively for over 90 minutes in fervent opposition to the war.

These speeches may not have the force of law to end the war. But they show how much congressional views on the war have changed, thanks in part to your advocacy. Please make sure your representative hears feedback from you in support of this outspoken opposition to the war in Afghanistan.

See excerpts from the powerful speeches here, and be sure to write your member of Congress to say thank you for calling publicly and unequivocally for an end to the longest war in U.S. history.

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