Up to 12,000 U.S., allied troops for Afghanistan

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  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Feb. 22, 2013 10:00 p.m.

    Without a clearly stated mission, based on reality of the people and culture in Afghanistan, it is foolish and wasteful to squander another dollar or another American limb or life there.

    The country is not a nation state, but a gaggle of warring tribes with no desire to unite or join modernity, nor shed the worst features of their religious beliefs. Women are treated worse than cattle, and corruption is the normal way of life.

    Our only useful accomplishment has been to unite the Afghans to either steal us blind or serve as a rallying point for war against the evil American "crusaders" as a break from their usual intramural war amongst tribes.

    We tried, we spend billions, and our finest young men and women served and sacrificed far more than the mission was worth.

    Pull every last American and Allied military person out and let the Afghans do as they please. With one important caveat- if any of their actions affect OUR national security we will destroy the offending person(s) and place(s) from the air.

    This is the best course, even if our military strength were not being slashed and worn out for no gain.