THIS WEEK : Tell Congress the Truth about Afghanistan!‏ ... a message from the Progressive Democrats of America

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I received an email from the "End Wars and Occupations Issue Team" of the Progressive Democrats of America on 5/28/12. It discusses a congressional hearing coming up on Thursday May 31st where Lt. Col. Daniel Davis has been asked to share his experiences and opinions on the state of the Afghan war with a congressional committee. The PDA wants our help in getting our representatives to attend this meeting to hear how things really are going. I have not seen the video of Lt. Col Davis April 11th appearance on Democracy Now yet, and plan to do so after posting this. The title of the video segment is "Active-Duty Army Whistleblower Lt. Col. Daniel Davis: U.S. Deceiving Public on Afghan War". I've included a link to an online version of the email below; the online version contains links to the Democracy Now video, and to his report.

THIS WEEK : Tell Congress the Truth about Afghanistan!‏

Ask them to attend a special Congressional briefing on Thursday

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1987/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1219083

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I received the following email from Metro DC section of the Progressive Democrats of America on 5/30/12. It discusses the congressional hearing coming up on Thursday May 31st where Lt. Col. Daniel Davis has been asked to share his experiences and opinions on the state of the Afghan war with members of congress.

Congress to Receive Testimony on Afghanistan from Army Whistleblower

Attend the "shadow" hearing and
Tell your Representative to attend

Read the Davis report

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), and other Members of the House will hold a press conference in support of expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan on Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 2 p.m. EST. The press conference will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, who will provide an analysis of the situation in Afghanistan that is vastly different than the one received by Congress from the Obama Administration. Lt. Col. Davis will also speak at the press conference.

One week after the NATO announcement on Afghanistan, the American people are still waiting for Congress to catch up and bring about an end to war in Afghanistan. Members of the House directed a request to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that Lt. Col. Danny be invited to testify in a relevant hearing. Since no invitation has been forthcoming, the Members will be receiving the testimony of Lt. Col. Danny Davis at a panel discussion.

Tell your Representative to learn the truth about Afghanistan.

WHO: Danny Davis, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Ria Dellewar, Director, Afghanistan Study Group Malou Innocent, Foreign Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

CONGRESS MEMBERS EXPECTED: PDA National Board Members: U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), and U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), as well as: U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), U.S. Rep. John Duncan (R-TN), U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson (R-IL),

WHAT: Press Conference and Panel Discussion
WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2012
TIME: Press conference begins at 2 p.m. EST; Panel Discussion held from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST
WHERE: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C.

MEDIA: Please RSVP to Kristal DeKleer (202) 225-1882 or kristal.dekleer@mail.house.gov

For Peace,

Andrea Miller, Mike Hersh and Stephen Spitz, Metro DC PDA Organizers

Find out more about Progressive Democrats of America

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I received the following email from the group United for Peace & Justice about Lt. Col Daniel Davis appearance before members of congress :

On Memorial Day, let's stop this war

On Memorial Day, let’s remember that 1,985 U.S. soldiers, 1,031 other foreign troops, and tens to hundreds of thousands of Afghans have died in the futile Afghanistan war, which continues to claim lives nearly every day with no end in sight.

President Obama has promised to bring the troops home by 2014, but in reality his administration plans to leave a “residual force” estimated at 16-20,000 troops in Afghanistan for another ten years – until 2024. Meanwhile, the Republican House is pushing for legislation that seeks to slow down the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, keeping 68,000 through 2014. In good conscience, how can anyone ask the troops, to continue to risk their lives, limbs and emotional well being for this endless, futile war? Our military policy has failed.

Click here to ask your Members of Congress and their staff to attend Lt. Col. Davis’ briefing on Thursday, May 31.

In every year since Obama took office, the toll of dead and injured U.S. and NATO troops has increased. Similarly the number of dead and wounded Afghans has increased. The number of suicides and cases of post-traumatic stress among our troops has increased. The number of green-on-blue attacks (in which Afghans turn their weapons on their foreign “partners”) has increased. The level of corruption has increased. The size of the poppy crop and drug smuggling has increased. The number of roads on which the U.S. military must bribe local war lords to assure safe passage of supply trucks has increased. The number of attacks on Afghan public officials has increased.

If this is a definition of progress, I’d hate to see what defeat looks like!

Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, a highly respected military officer, who recently returned from Afghanistan, has written a declassified report detailing the actual state of affairs in Afghanistan. His report illustrates that talks of progress in Afghanistan are flawed and nothing like the story our soldiers have experienced on the ground. The National Intelligence Estimate, signed by all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, also clearly illustrates the quagmire in Afghanistan. Read Lt. Col. Davis’ full report and watch his interview on Democracy Now.

It is Congress’ duty to provide military oversight – it is their responsibility to be well informed before funding more war.

Representative Barbara Lee has invited Lt. Col. Davis to hold a briefing on Afghanistan for members of Congress and their staff on Thursday, May 31, at 2 pm in B-318 Rayburn (Ways and Means Committee room). Click here to tell your Senators, House Representative, and staff, to attend Lt. Col. Davis’ Afghanistan briefing. It is Congress’ duty to provide oversight and to be well informed before continually funding war. Or call your members of Congress toll free at 877-429-0678 (courtesy of FCNL).

Ending war does not mean abandoning the Afghan people who have suffered so much in this almost 11 year old war. As the U.S. withdraws we must provide constructive, humanitarian assistance to independent agencies focused on making a stronger, safer and self-reliant Afghanistan.

There is no military solution in Afghanistan - 2 more years or 12 more years is not going to change that fact. On Memorial Day, let’s remember that the time for our troops to come home is now.

Also, please donate to UFPJ using the link below, so we can continue the struggle to bring them home for as long as it takes.

Yours truly,

Mary Hladky
Member, Military Families Speak Out and mother of a soldier serving in Afghanistan
Co-Convenor, UFPJ Afghanistan Working Group

United for Peace & Justice

Click Here to Donate!

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