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President Barack Obama announced Tuesday night that he will send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, bringing the total number of American troops there to nearly 100,000. Obama has doubled the number of troops in Afghanistan since he took office.

Afghanistan has been called the “Graveyard of Empires.” The Soviet Union was the last empire that was brought down by its invasion of Afghanistan; before that, the British.

Will the U.S. be the next? And will Afghanistan become the graveyard of Obama’s second term?

Robert Greenwald, director of the new film “Rethink Afghanistan,” describes the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan as: “A war that will do nothing to protect our security. A war that will result in the death of thousands of Americans and Afghans. A war that will spend billons. A war that will eat up resources that should be going to jobs, homes, schools, health care. A war that will hurt rather then help the people of Afghanistan. A war that will hurt our moral standing and strategic goals.”

After Obama’s announcement, Congressman Dennis Kucinich commented: “We have money for Wall Street and money for war but we don’t have money for work, … for health care. We have to start asking ourselves, ‘Why is it that war is a priority but the basic needs of people in this country are not?'”

Here’s the answer: Representing the world’s most powerful empire in history, U.S. elites and oil companies want to control the oil and gas resources of the Middle East. We could buy the oil and gas we need; countries would sell it to us.

But that is not enough for the empire builders and big oil corporations. Instead, these elites use our military and our bombs and high-tech weapons that kill, maim and destroy to maintain U.S. dominance, control these resources and maximize profits.

It’s totally immoral.

Help keep up the pressure to end this madness by contacting Congress at 1-800-828-0498 (more contact info at congress.org ) and the president at 202-456-1111 (or whitehouse.gov/contact).

And you can contact the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center at 303-444-6981 ext. 2 to get involved.

Carolyn Bninski is on the staff of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.

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