Target: United States Army Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama
Goal: Ban contractors with ties to terrorist organizations in Afghanistan from receiving funding from the United States
According to news outlet RT, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction revealed that the United States army had allowed 43 individuals and companies to receive government contracts in spite of “detailed supporting information demonstrating that these individuals and entities are providing material support” for the insurgency movement in Afghanistan. These contracts are largely funded by the money of American taxpayers, and were intended to help “rebuild the country” of Afghanistan.
On one hand, we are told that the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is necessary for the proper spread of democracy. On the other hand, we are told that our government has no qualms about using our hard-earned taxes for government contracts with groups tied to Afghan insurgency. In typical fashion, one hand of our government is ignoring what the other is doing. If providing material support to individuals or groups with ties to terrorist organizations is considered illegal under United States federal law, then surely the United States Military is breaking federal law. How does funding militant groups in Afghanistan promote democracy? Tell President Obama, as Commander in Chief, to put a stop to his army’s misallocation of taxpayer funds.
Dear President Obama,
A few years ago, your administration enforced some rather severe legislation against material support of terrorist organizations. Indeed, this new legislation landed many lawyers, professors, journalists, and activists in courtrooms and eventually in jail. Despite this, the United States military sees it perfectly fit to grant government contracts, funded by U.S. taxpayer money, to individuals and organizations in Afghanistan affiliated with the insurgency movement. It has recently come to light that the United States army has provided 43 groups and individuals affiliated with Afghan militants to receive government contracts to help reconstruct the country. What does aiding militants have to do with aiding democracy?
Surely even our military must abide by federal law regarding material support of terrorism. As taxpayers, we demand that the government stop using our hard-earned wages to fund such hypocritical actions. As our presence continues to scale downward in Afghanistan, we cannot leave the country in the same hands of the people with whom we purported to be at war. The United States Army must obey federal law and stop providing material support to groups and individuals affiliated with the militant movement in Afghanistan.
[Your Name Here]
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