Supes take an Afghanistan stand

The supervisors urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to withdraw U.S. troops out of Afghanistan and “end the U.S. military occupation” of that country.

The Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 Tuesday in support of a resolution introduced by Supervisor John Avalos that urges Obama “to stop the escalation of troops and begin to withdraw military presence in Afghanistan, in an orderly fashion, while providing humanitarian aid to support the recovery of the country from the effects of the war.”

Avalos argued the resolution makes a difference for those “fighting for peace.”

“I think there are so many people urging the world for peace that I think it’s important that we stand with … many people in this city and across the country to urge that we do not go off this precipice into what could be another Vietnam,” Avalos said.

The resolution was opposed by supervisors Carmen Chu, Sean Elsbernd, and Michela Alioto-Pier
 

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