The recent massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by at least one U.S. service member is only the latest example of how the U.S./NATO military strategy in Afghanistan is an utter failure. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll has 60% of Americans saying the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting and 54% saying that we need to withdraw, even before Afghan security forces are fully trained. Within Congress there is growing bipartisan support for an end to the U.S. occupation there, now in its 11th year.
This could be a turning point in the war. We must sieze this moment to speak loudly and clearly.
One way for you to take action is by sending a Letter to the Editor to your local papers or those you read regularly. Letters to the Editor can be a powerful way to raise awareness about the growing U.S. consensus to end our occupation of Afghanistan. You can use our sample letter below or use the talking points next to it to craft your own. (Be aware that many Editors have 200-word limits on their letters. Our sample letter is just under 200 words.)
Step 1 - Select a Recipient
Select newspapers whose content you know and can reference in your personalized Letter to the Editor. Targeting newspapers you know also helps ensure you're sending the letter to a place where it will have a receptive audience. Please keep in mind that most newspapers will not print anonymous letters, so make sure you're sending the letter to places you'll feel comfortable seeing your name.