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Vol. 74/No. 7      February 22, 2010

U.S., allies out of Afghanistan!
Some 15,000 U.S., British, and Afghan troops are now arrayed against an estimated 400 to 1,000 Taliban in Marjah in southern Afghanistan. Washington hopes the Taliban will just pack up and leave in the face of overwhelmingly superior force, and that the offensive will succeed without too much politically embarrassing “collateral damage”—that is, Afghan working people getting killed.

Washington’s strategy includes assassinating some Taliban leaders while offering to “reintegrate” others and beefing up the Afghan army so it can carry the brunt of the fighting.

It is also stepping up its war in Pakistan, increasing attacks from pilotless planes guided from bases in the United States. They rain death and destruction from 10,000 feet above, avoiding loss of “American” lives.

The ongoing U.S.-led war in the region, which has lasted longer than the U.S. involvement in World War II, continues to expand. Democratic and Republican parties alike support the war effort.

While increasing its wars abroad, the U.S. government is also preparing for “civil unrest” at home. That’s part of the meaning of the Pentagon’s 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. “Defend the United States and support civil authorities at home” was placed at the top of U.S. military priorities.

The U.S. ruling class knows that resistance will rise as they continue to take out their capitalist economic crisis on the backs of working people at home and abroad. And it will become clearer to working people in imperialist countries that their interests lie not with the capitalist war makers, but with toilers worldwide.

Working people need to demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops, and their allied forces, from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and everywhere else they are deployed.
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