These war veterans are working to end the “forever war” that has stretched over two decades and continents, and cost the U.S. countless lives and dollars.
“When I deployed to Afghanistan, in 2010. And it had been nine years since 9/11,” explained Common Defense lead organizer Kyle Biddy. “And I remember thinking at the time that I was really surprised that this war was still going on.”
Biddy, along with other veterans are advocating to end the “Forever War” in the Middle East quickly and responsibly, while reclaiming Congress’ constitutional duty to authorities when American troops are sent overseas.
“An Authorization for Use of Military Force, that is almost two decades old now, got us into Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, numerous other conflicts within the region,” said Biddy. “And ultimately, we’re talking dozens of nations where there’s active combat operations or there’s military presence there to support active combat operations. It’s what we call in the military, ‘mission creep.’”
Common Defense activists are urging veterans and people who are part of communities that have been affected by the wars to come together so they can plan and develop “a more just foreign policy, that’s driven by humanity, not greed.”