Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Thank President Obama for working to end the war in Afghanistan
After 13 years, the United States and NATO have formally ended the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in America’s history. U.S. troops will have a continued presence in the country as part of the International Security Assistance force, which will exist to train and support the Afghan military to stabilize the government. More noncombatants died in 2014 than in any previous year of the war in Afghanistan, and it was time that the U.S. took a step back and allowed Afghanistan to lead itself. Thanks to vocal activists and petitions like this one on ForceChange, this action is finally being taken.
The war in Afghanistan has cost too many American and Afghan lives. Efforts to eliminate the Taliban and stabilize the Afghanistan government have had some successes and some failures, but, after 13 years, it’s time to support the government and let it run without American interference. The U.S. will continue to be involved in Afghanistan’s government but will do so by supporting Afghanistan’s military and keeping the peace rather than actively fighting. Though the formal end of the war is primarily a symbolic gesture, it is a step in the right direction. Formally ending the war is a declaration that the mission is now about support, not fighting—the US isn’t abandoning the cause but rather taking a step back and playing a supporting role in Afghanistan’s independence.
Formally ending this war is progress. It will take time for the world to heal, but ongoing anti-war activism and vocal support of activists like those on ForceChange has made an impact. Thank President Obama for listening to the voices of the people and formally ending the war in Afghanistan by signing the petition below.
Dear President Obama,
The war in Afghanistan has been a long, complicated, and trying one. The effort isn’t over, but formally ending the war and shifting the United State’s role to one of support rather than control is an important step toward stabilizing the Afghan government and ending the conflict.
This conflict has been a difficult one for the U.S. and Afghanistan with significant losses on both sides. Formally ending the war, even as a primarily symbolic gesture, instills faith that Afghanistan is independent and that the U.S. is there to support the country’s growth.
Thank you for your efforts to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It will be a long time before these areas are stable and conflict-free, but your commitment to ending these ongoing wars and preventing the loss of civilian and military lives is appreciated.
[Your Name Here]
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