War Is not the answer
Monday, September 16, 2019
In honor of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a group of engaged citizens gathered together to view the documentary “An Endless War-Getting Out of Afghanistan.”
Appearances by Walter B. Jones and former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corp and Joint Chiefs of Staff member, Gen. Charles Krulak and many others made a very strong case that this is not a winnable war. We learned many other heartbreaking things and I urge everyone to watch it by going to endlesswar.org.
We have been in Afghanistan for nearly 18 years, spent trillions of dollars and the Taliban insurgents are stronger than ever. The best way to honor those who died and were injured in this conflict is to bring peace to this war-torn land. “We the People” have a duty to bring pressure on our elected officials to end this war.
Our local Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Team has been actively engaged with Congressman G.K. Butterfield and we applaud him for co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the 2002 AUMF, authorization for use of military force. Three administrations have now used this concept to expand war to more than a half dozen countries around the world.
The Trump administration now claims the 2002 AUMF also authorizes war against ISIS in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. The Founders specifically placed the power to declare war in the hands of Congress. These failed war policies have made the world more unstable.
We met with Walter B Jones in June of 2018, he was one of the original signers of the repeal. We will be calling on newly elected Rep. Greg Murphy to honor this great man by supporting this legislation. We will continue to work on scheduling meetings with Sens. Burr and Tillis. War is not the answer.