Obama's First Acts Of War

Within days of taking office Barack Obama sanctioned two missile attacks in Pakistan, which killed dozens of civilians.  Obama also announced the doubling of US troop numbers in Afghanistan to 60,000, making it clear that his war policies are no different from those of George Bush.

Obama's vice president Joe Biden says there will be an "uptick" in the military campaign in Afghanistan which makes more important than ever the protests now being planned in Britain for Obama's first visit here in April.

It is essential that the anti-war movement mobilises the widest opposition to the war in Afghanistan - which is unwinnable even if the invaders knew what "winning" would look like. Obama's intention is to escalate the war dramatically, with the inevitable slaughter of Afghan civilians, already being killed in their hundreds.