Public pressure will be essential to bring all the troops home, but another big struggle will be to ensure that the war dollars are used to create jobs and fund human needs.
Judith LeBlanc, field director of Peace Action, said President Obama reflected the views of a majority when he called for "nation-building here at home" in his June 22 speech announcing troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors approved a resolution June 20 calling for a quick end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and transfer of the money to job-creating programs in our nation's cities.
On a trip to Baghdad last week, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., enraged Iraqi officials by saying that Iraq should repay the U.S. for the cost of the war.
With Libya and Afghanistan dominating headlines these days, it's been hard to focus on Iraq. But the death of five U.S. soldiers in a rocket attack in Baghdad June 6 has galvanized our attention again.
A peculiar set of House votes on dueling Libya resolutions last Friday showed Republican maneuvering and Democratic divisions.