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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2009 12:00 am

The war in Afghanistan has done nothing to make America safe; if anything, it has made us less secure.

We cannot afford to continue wasting dollars and the precious lives of our servicemen and women. Out of Afghanistan now.

Soultan Khan


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  • posted at 12:33 pm on Thu, Oct 29, 2009.


    Scrutiny wrote on Oct 29, 2009 8:06 AM:"Jerome, could you please define "victory" in Afghanistan?"Good question.

  • posted at 9:56 am on Thu, Oct 29, 2009.


    We`ve been there for 8 YEARS folks!!! We are not there to "win" anything anymore! We have already "won" every square inch of that country that can be won. We are now trying to change the way the people think and act out of some arrogant notion that we can stop barbarians from acting like barbarians by being nice and throwing money around. Afghanistan has been a hell-hole for thousands of years and will remain a hell-hole long after we declare "victory"!

  • posted at 8:25 am on Thu, Oct 29, 2009.


    General George Patton once said, If your going to war, then by God win it. Having troops walk exposed down a dirt road is totally ridiculous. This war will be won with stealth, the CIA along with the drones that can stay aloft spotting the enemy for airpower to destroy and lessen the chance the grunts on the ground being exposed to enemy fire. This country has Rules of Engagement, if your going to win a war of the kind, the Rules of Engagement are out the window.Nice post Jerome

  • posted at 7:37 am on Thu, Oct 29, 2009.


    .Scrutiny ... "victory in Afghanistan" is quite simply put as "DESTROYING THE ENEMY".We haven't even TRIED to do that. Instead, the politicians have gotten in the way JUST LIKE IN VIETNAM.Politicians don't know how to fight a war - they should decide WHEN we go to war, then allow the military to prosecute the war to its fullest extend.And, yes .. that means some innocents will die. But that is what war is.

  • posted at 7:34 am on Thu, Oct 29, 2009.


    .Dear Mr. Khan,Can we all correctly assume you are from Pakistani descent? And isn't Pakistan right next door to Afghanistan? And isn't Pakistan somewhat complicit in what the Taliban and Al Qaeda had established in Afghanistan before 9/11?The war in Afghanistan has kept terrorists with midieval ideas of society in their caves where they have had difficulty launching any further attacks. That makes America safer and more secure. We cannot afford NOT to continue putting the pressure on the "bad guys" so that they cannot plan and execute attacks back here in the USA.The REAL problem is that our politicians no longer have the stomach to prosecute a REAL WAR, where you decimate the enemy and force them into submission. Over 3,000 Americans were killed on 9/11 right here on American soil, and that alone should be enough to go to war.Unfortunately, in today's society, killing the bad guys might hurt someone's feelings - so we don't do it.War is hell.

  • posted at 3:16 am on Thu, Oct 29, 2009.


    Afghanistan -- Lordy, Lordy, Lordy! It's the opium man... Doesn't Obama get it? Energy is something worth trying manage and/or stabilize; The opium trade on the other hand is "black" and and unmanageable -- unless, of course Obama wants to bring heroin into the "light" with legalization. Should we leave Afghanistan? No! But we don't need more troops to do what needs to be done there. In fact, what we need is fewer troops and more stealth. We need to make the enemy fear us; we need to take away any chance for a moments rest; and we need to do that until they either disappear or quit.

  • posted at 3:06 am on Thu, Oct 29, 2009.


    Jerome, could you please define "victory" in Afghanistan? If we can`t "win" in 8 years, how will we "win" in another 8?

  • posted at 2:58 am on Thu, Oct 29, 2009.


    I would ask Soultan Khan to point to any terrorist attack perpetrated on American soil since 9/11. Love him or hate him, George W. Bush did do the necessary things to keep us safe - in that regard the author is ignoring recent history.Likewise, if the current CINC continues along his chosen path, we might soon experience a "fundamental change" that could result in the death of many more Americans at the hands of those who want nothing more than to destroy us.We need victory in Afghanistan; not defeat.

  • posted at 2:38 am on Thu, Oct 29, 2009.


    I have two questions for the author of this letter, "do you have relatives thatlive in Afghanistan?"If this makes our country less secure, how?I do agree, however that our country cannot financially afford this war, but then again, this country is spending money on many things that it cannot afford.


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