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PSR Position on Afghanistan War

Adopted by PSR National Board, November 13, 2009

As health professionals, we are mindful of the devastating impact of war on the people of Afghanistan and the US soldiers deployed there. We are also aware of the profound health consequences of war-related injuries and mental health conditions on returning veterans, their families, and our society as a whole.

PSR recognizes that many Americans are deeply concerned about the ongoing war in Afghanistan. We note that there is a clear link to our core work through complex regional issues including the cross-border challenges involving Pakistan, a nation with nuclear weapons. 

As advocates for creative constructive resolution of conflicts, we support increased diplomacy and express our grave concern about ongoing military operations. .

PSR also recognizes that U.S. military operations in Afghanistan have cost US taxpayers $228 billion, $60.2 billion of which was spent in FY 2009 alone, and that monthly costs in Afghanistan during FY 2009 averaged $5 billion, up from $3.5 billion per month in FY 2008.[1] This money could have been better spent to respond to pressing human and environmental needs in the US and in Afghanistan. 

Therefore, PSR calls on the US government to recognize that no amount of military involvement will bring real and lasting peace to Afghanistan and urges the careful consideration of alternatives to violence. 

PSR calls for no further deployment of US military personnel to Afghanistan without a clearly defined strategy for transition from military to civilian engagement.

PSR in addition calls for a phased, responsible withdrawal of all U.S. military forces, together with all NATO forces, from Afghanistan.

PSR remains committed to the health and well being of all people including the Afghan people. PSR recognizes the need for ongoing involvement in Afghanistan to support reconstruction, education, and health care. 


[1] National Priorities Project, October 7, 2009

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