Foreign Policy

U.S. Airstrikes are Endangering Afghan Women and Families

| by Code Pink

Admiral Mullen says Killing Afghan Civilians is not Effective

And we say, "no kidding."

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was quoted in an AP report
yesterday as saying,”We cannot succeed … in Afghanistan by killing
Afghan civilians”. While he stays tight-lipped about the disastrous
unmanned drones, he goes on to say that it will take at least 2 YEARS
for the troop surge to begin working.

The brief article is full of
other quotes that are as equally mind-boggling, like, “We’ve got to be
very, very focused on making sure that we proceed deliberately, that we
know who the enemy is,” Mullen said. “The enemy uses this very
effectively against us.” Make sense of that if you dare. And read
Robert Dreyfuss’s article, “Obama’s Great Afghanistan Gamble” published in Mother Jones last month. The tagline is Everyone knows 17,000 more troops can’t win the war in Afghanistan. So what’s the exit strategy? Need we say more?

MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, is doing
fantastic work around highlighting the real stories of Afghan
women–drawing attention to the fact that US airstrikes that kill civilians further endanger Afghan women and their families! Check their most post here and read up on courageous Afghan women standing up for their rights today!