UPDATE: The vigil referred to in an earlier version of this letter has been canceled.
I grieve not only for the Afghan people, but for the broken families of the U.S. military community who live all around me.
The United States has lost all credibility to condemn the atrocities of the Assad regime in Syria, because our own soldiers commit acts of terrorism in Afghanistan. More and more of our men and women in uniform are driven to the breaking point by a foreign policy whose mission has drifted away from national defense, to arrogant imperialism, claiming the right to occupy and control other countries.
It is now time for our disengaged civilian population to rise up, not only in defense of Afghan families, but in defense of our own abused military family, and demand an immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan.