The group, the “Rhode Island Anti-war Committee” is planning a peaceful picket at an event attended by U.S. Senator Jack Reed Sunday in Providence. The group is calling on the lawmaker to push for a drawdown from international conflicts.
The group wants Reed to call for the removal of U.S. troops from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This year President Barack Obama announced that he would delay a planned drawdown of troops from Afghanistan.
Paul Hubbard is a member of the Rhode Island Anti-War Committee. He fears, without a clear timeline, the U.S. could find itself wrapped up in the conflict for years to come.
“This is a prescription for endless war; war that never ends,” said Hubbard. “And we don’t think the United States, or the government, should be doing this.”
Reed voted against sending troops to Iraq in 2002.
The group also wants Reed to call for an independent investigation into the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan. The event was the result of a U.S. air-strike. Hubbard said the group wants the investigation to be conducted by an outside humanitarian agency.
“It’s something that Doctors without Borders has called a potential war crime,” said Hubbard “And we want to open an investigation of this. The U.S. is very good at investigating other people’s war crimes, but they’re not so good at investigating their own.”
Reed is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services committee.
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