The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Obama Expands Bush’s Wars

Apr 6, 2009

Barack Obama has announced plans to step up the Afghanistan war started under George W. Bush. And he’s expanding it widely into Pakistan, beyond anything Bush had done.

Obama has already announced plans to add 21,000 troops in Afghanistan, raising troop levels from 38,000 to nearly 60,000. Before they even get there, he’s talking about adding 10,000 more.

In addition, Obama has expanded aerial bombing of the border areas of Pakistan.

Obama has made Afghanistan/ Pakistan his war – just as Bush did with Iraq, Johnson with Vietnam, and Truman with Korea.

And just like all these former presidents, Obama is telling huge lies to carry out a war whose aim is to establish and keep U.S. control around the world.

Obama proclaimed that al Qaeda “is actively planning attacks on the U.S. homeland from its safe haven in Pakistan.”

It was a lie when Bush used it as his justification for invading Afghanistan in 2001; it was a lie when Bush repeated it to keep the Iraq war going; and it’s a lie when Obama uses it now.

It’s true that anger against the U.S. is growing in both Afghanistan and Pakistan – precisely because of what the U.S. has done, bombing Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Roughly 13 million ethnic Pashtuns live on the Pakistani side of the border, and almost as many on Afghanistan’s side. These are not empty areas that are being bombed! The deaths of more Pashtuns can only fuel support for the Taliban, uniting the population of the whole area against the U.S.

The actions of the U.S. government are what put the U.S. population at risk.