The Democratic Socialists of America Veterans Working Group harshly condemns President Trump’s plan to continue the sixteen-year occupation of Afghanistan. 

The history of Afghanistan since 1973 has been one of foreign intervention, subversion of popular will, and the devastation of the Afghan populace — a trend willfully continued by American political elites. Trump and his administration delude themselves in believing that a U.S. military solution can stabilize Afghanistan and South Asia. All it will bring is continued violence and radicalized young people in all countries involved. There is no military force that will achieve victory as this current administration defines it. 

President Bush sent our troops to war without a clear goal. President Obama ordered a fruitless “troop surge” that achieved no military or political goals as the U.S. ruling class spilled the blood of its own citizens and the Afghan people alike. Since the collapse of the Taliban government in 2001 our purpose there has been singular: profit. This is immoral. Our society cannot continue 

to bear the social, moral, and economic costs of this war. By the end of 2019, the U.S. military will include servicemembers who were not yet born on September 11, 2001, children who were born into a world in which endless war is the natural order. 

Americans must ask themselves: what have the hundreds of billions of dollars spent; the deaths of more than 2,000 American servicemembers, more than 100,000 Afghans, and unknown numbers of suicides or trauma related deaths; the stains upon our conscience, the torture, abuse, murder, and waste in Afghanistan brought us? The answer is nothing. The war is lost and has been for years. People are dying to secure the legacy and bank accounts of career officers and politicians whose ideas failed over a decade ago. The only solution is total and immediate withdrawal of all military forces from Afghanistan. 

Thus, in the name of peace for both our American and Afghan brothers and sisters, our comrades who span every person-made border we say WITHDRAW.

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