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.
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.
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.
embarrassed Utahn!Salt Lake City, UTYou 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.
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.
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.
What do you mean "deploying for a year"?Most units have
deployed over 4 times now, and for what?Defending the Constitution
in Afghanistan?Pleez!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.
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.
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.
"Why can't our leaders see this?"OrWhy 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 theneed
to justify that expense.
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.