WASHINGTON – One member of Congress has initiated a new petition via the Internet to get American soldiers withdrawn from Afghanistan early – before the scheduled 2014 departure date.
U.S. Rep. Walter Jones. R-N.C., has started bringthemhome2013.com because, Jones explains, American commitment to Afghanistan is no longer a priority.
He spoke to WND on his new petition, saying that the current withdrawal date is in 2014, however he says that “2014 is a year from now. How many more young men and women have to die? … How much more do we have to lose in terms of men and women, how much more money do we have to spend?”
He cited the delays in Congress over allocating money for relief of the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated large sections of the Jersey coast and other adjacent states.
“Why can’t we help the people in New York that got hit by the hurricane, but yet we’re gonna keep spending money in Afghanistan to prop up a crook and try to fix his country when we can’t even fix our own country.”
Jones asked for consideration from Americans.
“Help me to build numbers. So that when we do debate Afghanistan in the spring, I can say over 10,000 people joined my website,” he said.
He also fears, “If the American people don’t start speaking out to their congressmen, we’ll be there well into 2020.”
Jones’ fears of U.S. occupation in Afghanistan are not unfounded considering the plethora of high-ranking NATO and American officials who have committed NATO troops to Afghanistan until 2020 and beyond.
A recent report confirmed Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, met with then-NATO Commander Gen. David Petraeus, and said, “It was very clear that under the best-case scenario, there will be some significant U.S. presence, according to them, for the next eight to 10 years,”
Jones has a record of pursuing anti-war agendas and early withdrawals from Afghanistan. He opposed the war in Iraq, calling it a “fabrication of the Bush administration” and in 2010, he, along with Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., and Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., introduced legislation in the 111th Congress (HR 5015 and S. 3197) “to require [President Obama to] plan for the safe, orderly, and expeditious redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan.”
Jones additionally noted frustration with his own party’s support for Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria by saying, “I get mad with my own side quite frankly.”
He also began bipartisan work in the 112th Congress to force Obama to get congressional approval before any war in Syria commences.