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WAR: Time to pull out of Afghanistan

Letter by Scott Candoo, Tacoma on March 19, 2012 at 11:42 am with 5 Comments »
March 19, 2012 12:44 pm

A 22-year-old Marine is shot in the back of the head by an Afghan military “ally” (TNT, 3-17). That (according to the article) is “at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks.”

Our leaders appear more concerned about everything but the safety of our service men and women. The neurotic methodology of having us working side by side with those who might just shoot you in the back is an impossible and cruel circumstance. We train our service members to take orders, then give them orders which don’t allow them to actually protect themselves.

That a staff sergeant allegedly went off the rails is so foreseeable that I don’t believe leaders when they express mock surprise. I think they are more interested in appearing compassionate to those attending cocktail parties in Brussels and Paris than they actually care for our young citizens.

Afghanistan’s president throws America under the bus every time he has a microphone. He sends the message that we are the enemy, and his country cannot even provide for the safety of our service members from their own troops.

The time to completely pull our troops out is long past.

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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    Great letter, and a huge +1 from me. Could not have said it better, except maybe: Karzi and Obama can both smooch America’s butt for what they are putting our Military through.

  2. Exactly what is it that the shooter did that fit under the category of “following orders”?

    And….while I get that it is hard to trust the Afghanistans, don’t you think they feel the same way about the Americans?

  3. lylelaws says:

    After watching more than 1800 flag- draped coffins being flown to America from Afganistan and seeing many thousands of our brave young men and women returning with missing arms and legs and shattered lives in a totally unrealistic attempt to buy the “hearts and minds” of people , most of whom couldn’t care less about our losses, or even applaud them, it, is more than passed time to stop the needless slaughter of our troops. How? By replacing boots on the ground with drones in the sky.

    With the spy satalites we have at our disposal, we should be able to monitor the activities of the terrorirsts who are hell-bent on destroying our way of life and take them out.

    Would there be collateral damage to civilians in places where terrorists hide behind women and children while plotting against us? Of course, but just as it was necessary to bomb cities in Germany and Japan during WWII to shorten the war and save a countless number of our troops, it should be done, and the blame for the loss of civilian lives should be placed squarely on the sholders of those who are trying to destroy us.

  4. alindasue says:

    beerBoy said, “And….while I get that it is hard to trust the Afghanistans, don’t you think they feel the same way about the Americans?”

    All the more reason to pull our troops out sooner rather than later.

  5. concernedtacoma7 says:

    bb- what the news does not show are the daily engagements with locals that have been happening for ten+ years. Medical treatment, food aid, and thousands of routine engagements looking to help the security and economic wellbeing of the Afghan people.

    The Afghan people know what America/Americans stand for. It is the radicals and extremists who react to the events, which in the grand scheme of war (or compared to what the extremists themselves) do are nothing but a footnote.

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