January 22nd, 2009 16:36 EST
Pakistan, Iran and Israel-Palestine looming
This week a new era began. Former President Bush left the Capitol in a helicopter en route to Texas while President Obama took a limousine to the White House.
We have our work cut out for us, but there are new opportunities for progress.
Today, President Obama took the first step toward closing Guantanamo. This is a major step forward. Please take action today and thank President Obama for taking this step and urging him to end the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The election of President Obama does not mean that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over, nor does it mean the military budget will begin to shrink. In fact, the Afghanistan war is escalating and the Iraq War is beginning a very slow, and incomplete, withdrawal. And, Pakistan, Iran and Israel-Palestine loom on the agenda, and that is just the Middle East.
On his first day in office, Voters for Peace delivered a letter signed by nearly 4,000 people making ten recommendations to move the nation to peace and to make the 21st Century the last century of war.
In his inauguration speech President Obama said: "America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace." But, he also began his speech saying "Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred" and concluded saying that the United States would "not to apologize for our way of life, nor waiver in its defense."
Voters for Peace will push for a "new era of peace" by continuing to organize peace voters and speaking out in a unified voice in opposition to war. A major focal point of our advocacy will be the cost of war in this time of economic crisis. With a military budget approaching $1 trillion and the economy collapsing and needing major investment, we can no longer afford the wasteful and bloated military budget. It is time to invest in diplomacy, negotiation and multilateralism so war can be prevented.
When President Obama is right we will applaud him and when he is wrong we will hold him accountable. Please take a few minutes to send a letter to President Obama today.
And, please make a donation today to continue our efforts. We have a lot of work ahead of us and need your support to continue.
Thank you for your support and thank you for taking action.
Kevin B. Zeese