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Statement of Rahna Epting, Executive Director of MoveOn, on the End of the War in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan was an endless war with no military solution. Twenty years. Hundreds of thousands killed. Trillions wasted. Joe Biden did what other presidents only talked about — he ended the war. He had the courage to stand up to the military industrial complex and war hawks that have dominated foreign policy for too long.

He made the right decision.

But the U.S. has a responsibility it must see through. We must continue to ensure all Americans and all vulnerable Afghans are still able to leave. We also must lift the refugee cap, expand the visa program, and with our international allies send humanitarian aid to ensure innocent Afghans do not suffer.

Since our founding, MoveOn members have called for the United States to use diplomacy instead of war, violence and destruction, prioritize human rights and lives, and invest the trillions of dollars spent on war-making in essential services like schools, health care, and child care. Over the last two decades, millions of MoveOn members have taken to the streets, lobbied members of Congress, held town halls and peace vigils, signed petitions, and more to call for peace and an end to U.S.-led forever wars. We’ll continue these efforts to ensure Afghans are supported. So far, over 125,000 people have signed a petition, over 11,000 letters have been sent to senators calling on officials to welcome Afghans and send humanitarian aid.

We are grateful that day has finally come.