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WAR: U.S. needs to get out of Afghanistan

Letter by William J. Bender, Puyallup on Aug. 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm with 12 Comments »
August 22, 2012 9:42 am

I want us out of Afghanistan as soon as possible. I was a fervent supporter of both the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, but no longer.

We are pouring our youth’s blood and our treasure down a rat hole. I grieve as to conditions when we do leave, especially the gross subordination of women and girls.

Sadly, all of the progress we and others have helped them to achieve will quickly fade, as President Hamid Karzai gives only lip service to the plight of women. His only concerns are his well-being and self-enrichment, and the enrichment of his extended family through graft and corruption.

It is past time to leave.

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  1. SwordofPerseus says:

    Now if the other 50 million neo cons pull their heads out like Mr. Bender has, we might see some sense of decency and good return to the US. Welcome back into the light Mr. Bender.

  2. Frankenchrist says:

    At least with Iraq there was a logical (albeit corrupt & immoral) rationale for invading and that was to control their oil.

    There is NO valid reason we should still be in Afghanistan. Like Iraq, AF never had WMDs and there is no strategic resources we could possible want to control. The only beneficiaries are the big defense contractors controlled by Republicons.

  3. SwordofPerseus says:

    The reason we invaded Iraq the second time is Saddam Hussein had gone rogue and would not let our oil companies export (extort) Iraqi oil. Everything is fine as long as you play along. He quit playing our game in 1989 when he invaded Kuwait. The day the Shrub was sworn in he and his neo-con handlers set the wheels in motion for the invasion in 2003.

  4. Franken; NY Times article 2010:
    WASHINGTON — The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

  5. Frankenchrist says:


    In order to extract those mineral riches Afghanistan needs a government that invests in infrastructure (two things that GOPers like you absolutely despise).

    Are you proposing that thousands more American Soldiers die so the Republicans can grant mining concessions to their big corporate donors? Yea, I guess you are.

  6. Lol, no Frankenchrist, I agree with you, send our boys and girls home yesterday! I was just commenting on possible reasons why we are in the useless war.

  7. Frankenchrist says:

    OK, I understand. We agree. Anyhoo, I hope Afghanistan can someday benefit from their mineral wealth but I think that day will be a long time coming.

  8. The reason we invaded Iraq the second time is Saddam Hussein had gone rogue and would not let our oil companies export (extort) Iraqi oil.

    Please SwoP, even you must be aware the UN – led by the US – imposed sanctions on Iraq, including a ban on oil exports, in 1991. Those sanctions continued until December of 2010, although production contracts began to be awarded again in 2008 and, under the Clinton Administration, the UN Security Council allowed a limit of 2 Billion dollars in exports per year from Iraq under its “oil for food” program from.


    The US did not import oil from Iraq after the 1991 sanctions, and imported very little prior to them, as has been the case from 2003 to present. Further, since 2003 only 9 of 46 foreign-owned companies that have signed production or exploration contracts with either the Iraqi Oil Ministry or Kurdistan Regional Government are US owned. And only 2 of those 9 are producing oil.

    So what’s your point?

    Never mind, I smell the tired old “oil for blood” chant.

  9. harleyrider1 says:

    It makes no difference why we did this or that – it’s in the past.

    We need to bring out troops home from the four (4) nations Obama has them fighting in, in Africa too.

    Enough of one-man deciding our boys and girls should die for his beliefs.

  10. Scottc51 says:

    Want to share with you all the stupidest quote I have heard in a long time.
    “We have to have a balancing act between protecting our soldiers and not offending the Afghans we are partnering with,” said Col. Thomas W. Collins, the director of public affairs for the American-led NATO coalition in Kabul.

    Don’t want to hurt their feelings!?!

  11. Because we don’t care about riling up the insurgency?

  12. Despite having numerous rivers and reservoirs, large parts of the country are dry. The endorheic Sistan Basin is one of the driest regions in the world

    Seems to me….”one of the driest regions in the world” would qualify as desert – sand or no sand.

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