"The signatories pledged "to keep opposing this war in every nonviolent way possible. We will urge elected representatives to cut all funding for war. Some of us will be led to withhold our taxes, practice civil resistance, and promote slowdowns and strikes at schools and workplaces," according to information from the protestors regarding the letter.
The protestors maintain that their numbers are strong, and that the war effort needs to stop.
"We will do everything in our power, as nonviolent peace activists, to build the kind of massive movement-- which today represents the sentiments of a majority of the American people - that will play a key role in ending U.S. war in Afghanistan. Such is the folly of your decision and such is the depth of our opposition to the death and suffering it will cause," according to the anti-war protestors.
Obama said he is planning to hand responsibility over to the Afghan government, and is planning to begin removing troops by July of 2011. He noted that he is hopeful for international cooperation.
"Because this is an international effort, I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we are confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead," Obama said. "Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. Now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what's at stake is not simply a test of NATO's credibility " what's at stake is the security of our Allies, and the common security of the world."
Obama addressed the regional ramifications of terrorist operations and warned that the U.S. must be vigilant and protect against future attacks.
"This region is the heart of the global violent extremism pursued by al Qaeda, and the region from which we were attacked on 9/11. New attacks are being planned there now, a fact borne out by a recent plot, uncovered and disrupted by American authorities," according to information from the White House. "Al Qaeda remains in Pakistan where they continue to plot attacks against us and where they and their extremist allies pose a threat to the Pakistani state. Our goal in Pakistan will be to ensure that al Qaeda is