We do not favor any continuation of U.S. wars and occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries. The billions of dollars expended in this way are needed to meet economic and social needs here at home. We support the Pittsburgh City Council resolution to bring our troops and war dollars home.
THOMAS MERTON CENTER, AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE, WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM. . .
PROPOSED PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION
WHEREAS October 7, 2011 marks the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history; and
WHEREAS the ostensible purposes of the said invasion – the toppling of the then ruling Taliban regime, and the capturing or killing of Osama bin Laden – have both been since accomplished; and
WHEREAS more than 5000 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, tens of thousands more wounded – many of them with permanent disabilities, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis and others killed and untold number of others wounded and permanently disabled; and
WHEREAS on May 30, 2010, according to the “Cost of War” Project, the combined cost of both these wars being fought reached $1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars); and
WHEREAS local, county, and state governments are being starved for cash due in part to a ballooning Federal Debt caused by a combination of war spending, the economic crisis which begun in 2007, and tax cuts granted to multinational corporations and super-wealthy individuals; and
WHEREAS shameful proposals are being advanced which propose paying down the Federal debt upon the backs of the most vulnerable members of our society – the young, the sick, the physically and emotionally disabled, the unemployed, the marginally employed, the working poor, and the elderly, among others, by reducing or eliminating social programs upon which the vulnerable depend for life and well-being rather than reducing military spending;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania petitions President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to end both combat and occupation operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, and surrounding nations, and remove U.S. troops and private security forces from those areas immediately. Additionally, they should vote no funds to be used in these areas of conflict except as will be used to safely remove our troops. We also ask that, prior to such withdrawal, Pennsylvania Senators Robert Casey and Patrick Toomey and Pittsburgh area Congressmen Michael Doyle and Tim Murphy vote that no funds be used in these areas of conflict except as will be used to safely remove our troops.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania petitions the U.S. Congress (and especially Senators Casey and Toomey, and Congressmen Doyle and Murphy) that all monies saved by ending these conflicts will be used first and foremost to support and expand those social programs which serve the most vulnerable members of our society, and to invest in infrastructure creating jobs, social services, and the meeting of human needs.