Anti-war activist expressed some impatience for anti-war activists who have gone silent since Barack Obama became and took over the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. At a recent appearance in Redlands, California, Sheehan said, “You can like Obama, but you can’t like the policies if they’re the same as George Bush’s… Are the wars only wrong when there’s a Republican president?” Barack Obama has gone back on his earlier promise to end the war in Afghanistan.
Anti-war activism is still taking place. Next weekend, there will be protests against war in Washington D.C., for example.
In Congress, Dennis Kucinich has introduced House Concurrent Resolution 28, which would require President Obama to withdraw the U.S. military from Afghanistan by the end of this year. The following are the cosponsors of the bill:
John Conyers (Democrat-MI, District 14)
Keith Ellison (Democrat-MN, District 5)
Bob Filner (Democrat-CA, District 51)
Michael Honda (Democrat-CA, District 15)
Walter Jones (Republican-NC, District 3)
Barbara Lee (Democrat-CA, District 9)
Ron Paul (Republican-TX, District 14)
Jackie Speier (Democrat-CA, District 12)
Pete Stark (Democrat-CA, District 13)
Lynn Woolsey (Democrat-CA, District 6)
Observant readers will note that this is a bipartisan bill, with Republicans Walter Jones and Ron Paul in support of the withdrawal of the military from war in Afghanistan. Walter Jones explained his support for the Kucinich resolution by citing two recent polls, both of which show over 50 percent of Americans want the war in Afghanistan to be over.