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War Supplemental: Afghanistan Exit Strategy Amendment Vote

May 27, 2010

We just watched the vote on Sen. Feingold’s Afghanistan exit strategy amendment on CSPAN – final tally was 18 yes, 80 no, 2 not voting. Contact your senators and give them feedback about their vote.

See the yes votes below the fold

EDIT: here’s a nice-looking map so you can see how senators voted.

Yes votes:

Boxer (CA)

Durbin (IL)

Merkley (OR)

Sanders (VT)

Harkin (IA)

Udall (NM)

Feingold (WI)

Cantwell (WA)

Wyden (OR)

Brown (OH)

Leahy (VT)

Murray (WA)

Specter (PA)

Dorgan (ND)

Schumer (NY)

Baucus (MT)

Gillibrand (NY)

Tester (MT)

18 Comments
  1. misha permalink
    May 27, 2010 1:46 pm

    How can you not vote for a plan to get out of the country?

  2. Ralph and Wanda Beebe permalink
    May 27, 2010 2:05 pm

    Thank you for voting against the Afghan quagmire!

  3. May 27, 2010 2:08 pm

    It will be better to withdraw the troops from Afghanistan and vote yes on the Admenment.

  4. P. J. (Peet) Pearson permalink
    May 27, 2010 2:34 pm

    As the Friends Committee on National Legislation states: War is not the answer. War has never solved an issue at its basic cause – only killed and maimed the innocent and created the kind of chaos and deep resentment that thwarts peaceful endeavors on other fronts. Thank you for voting to force the Administration to develop an exit strategy for Afghanistan – and the sooner the better, so that more diplomatic efforts and creative solutions (like building schools and community support structures, eg. Greg Mortenson’s suggestions) can be undertaken with integrity and intentionality and broad-based support. Enough money and enough killing of America’s youth has already occurred.

  5. Mary Smith permalink
    May 27, 2010 3:40 pm

    Let’s not allow the US war materials industry to determine how and when to spend American dollars. Ordinary people work too hard to squander their tax money on foreign soil. We need universal health care, better education, high-speed rail transportation, an integrated energy grid and safer infrastructure – all requiring money that is now being wasted on wars on foreign soil. Americans want leaders using common sense.

  6. Ellen N. Duell permalink
    May 27, 2010 5:44 pm

    Bravo to all who voted in favor of an exit strategy! Now we must vote to end the war in Afghanistan and set a timetable for withdrawal. I think it must be a very tough life for American soldiers who are in Afghanistan. The Afghan people do not want “us” there! Bring our troops home!

  7. May 27, 2010 5:52 pm

    Out of our two Florida Senators, George LeMieux didn’t vote for the Afghanistan Exit Strategy. And that is expected, because Republicans are designed to do that. Vote for the special interest.
    But, Bill Nelson is the Senator that we trust, he supposed to vote for the people and he didn’t… Utterly disappointed!!

  8. Louise Calabro permalink
    May 27, 2010 6:05 pm

    Thank you for voting for this amendment.

  9. Nancy Shippen permalink
    May 27, 2010 6:29 pm

    Thank you for your vote. It was the right thing to do for sooooo many reasons. may your brve action move others.

  10. Lela permalink
    May 27, 2010 7:06 pm

    I am from Indiana, I am embarrased that our Senators are too ignorant to take a step toward Peace.
    War will not bring PEACE!!! A healthy world will not come from blowing up innocent women and children for the sake of whatever the latest justification is for the abomination of war! OUR own country is inching toward being a 3rd world country full of rich and poor people and not much in between. People have lost jobs, homes, and quality of life. The new health care is a joke.

    It is not rocket science on how to bring peace and prosperity back to this Nation! STOP SPENDING TRILLIONS ON WAR!!! The only people whose Quality of Life is going up are those who deal in arms and those who vote for war, whose pockets are lined by all those wanting war!

    I know how I will vote the next time! It will not be for the present SENATOR Lugar. I will do everything I can to oust him from power. Bad rubbish needs to be thrown out!! I pray that every state in the Union, except for the 18 Brave representatives that said yes to getting out of Afghanistan, follows suite!

  11. Louise Calabro permalink
    May 27, 2010 10:08 pm

    We must have an exit strategy.

  12. bob bowes permalink
    May 27, 2010 10:30 pm

    Thanks for voting for this amendment..keep the faith…we are working at the grassroots

  13. vince in virginia permalink
    May 28, 2010 12:34 am

    i live in virginia – the OLD dominion. We have 2 democrat senators, but they’re both corporate democrats (bought and owned by lobbyist money). So they go with the dough (halliburton, blackwater or zee or whatever the fu** they call themselves, and bp and shell and whoever’s planning the pipeline in Afghanistan). Meanwhile, our roads, our schools, our jobs – they’re gone, and the drones keep on killin’ wedding parties and whomever gets in the way. Carry me back to ole virginny…

  14. May 28, 2010 1:19 am

    There is a wonderful Quaker saying that comes to mind – who is the author ? But more important is the message – “We can abolish nothing but we can render it unnecessary”

    Let us set about to make occupation unnecessary. Our troops are bathed in shame. Citizens are regarded as collateral damage – like a piece of garbage that got in the way. This is 2010 not 1300 – we have entered the real dark ages – we need to shine the light of reason upon us all!

  15. Don McNeill permalink
    May 28, 2010 12:51 pm

    Today we read: “Afghanistan War Has Cost More Than 1,000 U.S. Service Members’ Lives” and a senior military official who helped plan the Kandahar campaign says, “We’re going to lose.” Two weeks ago General Stanley McChrystal said “nobody is winning”. The US soldiers on the ground (alive and dead) seem to have gotten the message.

    But it doesn’t look like the President is getting it. Nor is the Congress. Our policy makers have no policy (just ask: what do “we” (they) want there? What does “win” mean? Why are they doing the exact same things the Soviet occupiers of the 1980’s did?) and, therefore, no strategy for Afghanistan. So the soldiers tactics, and their deaths and those of the local people, are meaningless.

    Our “exit” from Afghanistan occupation is going to happen. Too bad that the Congress will not take the initiative, as it did with Vietnam, and let the end of this adventure (and the one in Iraq) be on terms set, at least partly, by this country.

  16. May 28, 2010 4:56 pm

    Thank you for voting for this exit. War is not the answer it never will be. Too much money is being lost that could be used here where we need it most.
    Those Senators that voted agains the wilthdrawl I hope they all lose in the coming elections.
    The American people are not being listened to.

  17. Connie Green permalink
    May 31, 2010 10:18 pm

    In New Mexico, I learn our delegation is divided. Thank you Senator Udall, Senator Bingaman, you can do better. An exit strategy is part of a vision for success. It we can’t envision success we will be doomed to continue this destructive and and unhappy quagmire.

  18. December 17, 2010 8:54 pm

    I would really like feedback from everyone on what I see as a a politically viable exit strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan –

    http://www.somewhereinthemiddle.info/2010/10/a-politically-viable-exit-strategy-for-afghanistan-and-pakistan/

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