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Published: Sunday, Nov. 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

Our leaders can't see it because they are blinded by the glint of lucre in the form of campaign contributions from the military-industrial complex.

Far East USA, SC

"Why can't our leaders see this?"


Why cant Americans see this? Yes, some do, but not most.

1/2 the country supported the Iraq war. (and still does in hindsight)
1/2 of our country is fine with expanding our military budget (Romney campaigned on it)

The US DOD is the largest employer in the world. Our politicians feel the
need to justify that expense.

Chad S
Lorton, VA

Yet year after year Utahans and the rest of the country continue to re-elect the politicians responsible for funding this action. Why don't you put your vote where your mouth is and refuse to vote for any politician who has voted to fund the Afghanistan war since the killing of Bin Laden. That's what I do. The people I vote for never win though.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

Yeah, too bad James Green wasn't so alarmed about our Nation-buildin' Freedom-spreadin' when Bushco was running our Nation into the ground. Most Utahns (based on voting records) are culpable in the messes created long before President Obama took control.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

What do you mean "deploying for a year"?

Most units have deployed over 4 times now,
and for what?
Defending the Constitution in Afghanistan?

My sons would have proudly served as 4th generation Guardsmen.
Their GrandFather (a Vietnam era Tech Sargent) and I (a Reagan era Staff Sargent) have wisely counseled them NOT to join.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Capt. Green, with all respect, our troops are there to try and establish an environment less likely to produce terrorists. Our security IS at stake there.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I'm familiar with Mr. Green's ultra conservative views. I am sure he voted twice for Bush.

Anyone who voted for Bush cannot complain crying to me about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Why can't our leaders see this? Because they still receive votes from folks like you no matter what senseless quagmire they send our children and grandchildren to.

Salt Lake City, UT

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT
You left out the other important fact that Obama adopted and perpetuated the costly, futile loss of life in Afghanistan. Five years later it is desperate to blame Bush for the current quagmire in Afghanistan. Records indicate that Utahns rejected our Nobel Peace Prize president who threatened Syria with military action and was saved only by Putin, of all people, and who further militarized Afghanistan. Being a community organizer in Chicago is easier then being US president.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I join up with the thought it ain't for me. When I got my discharge, It wasn't for me I did what I did.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

During the Obama campaign against McCain I though he said he could have America out in just 6 months... and Democrats totally trashed McCain for having the unmitigated gall to say it could take 10 years.

Well... Recently Obama signed an agreement to keep US troops in Afghanistan until 2024 at least... That means not only will we be there for Obama's full 8 years but he's committed the NEXT President to be obligated to keep our Troops there for HIS full 8 years as well!

That's almost years from the time Obama made his lame promise to the American people... He said he could end it quickly and trashed McCain for saying it may take him 10 years... and nobody has a problem with the Obama Administration lies (or even worse not understanding the complexity of what they were getting into)??

Lesson learned... it's easy for a smooth-talking candidate to promise he can do this and that... but unless they show some proof that they can actually do it... don't vote for them.

Bountiful, UT

@Open Minded Mormon,

So let me get this straight. You are advising your sons that they should not honorably serve their country simply because you politically disagree with its leadership?

Side Note: The correct spelling of your former rank is Sergeant; not Sargent.


Amazing how political and polarizing this discussion became.
The only real point about Mr Green's letter is that if we don't clean out the (mainly Muslim) terrorists over there, sooner or later we'll have to do it here. Wouldn't you say we've had enough trouble from them over here, on 9/11? Look how long we stayed in Germany and Japan following WWII--and those are law-abiding Western nations, whose militaries played by The Rules (i.e., wore uniforms and destroyed military targets, with notable exceptions: the rape of Nanking and the rest of China, Korea, etc, concentration camps, etc).
I don't think we can "win" in Afghanistan, because the Bad Guys are just waiting for us to leave so they can march back in and fill the void. All the regular Afghans want is to be left alone, just as that's all any reasonable person wants. They don't like the Taliban, they don't like the US being there, but they will be stuck with one or the other unless someone else can get the situation under control.

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