Letters to the Editor

War is a waste

June 18, 2011

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To the editor:

Why does our president persist in consulting the “generals in the field” when he is trying to determine how we should conduct this war in Afghanistan? It’s like asking my 3-year-old granddaughter if she wants an ice cream cone. It’s bad enough that he asks, but even worse that he takes their suggestions and we, the taxpayers, pay the trillions to stay mired in this impossible conflict.

If it was a real war, and if it was possible to win, then he should consult the generals in the field, but anyone in their right mind knows that Afghanistan is not a nation and we are not fighting an army. We are fighting a way of life that is stuck in the 17th century, and the people of that nation will need to decide to rejoin the modern world or stay where they are.

As long as conservative Muslims control any nation, including Pakistan, we will not change their culture or stop their hate. When a community allows a Taliban member to gouge the eyes out of a 6-year-old girl because she is reading a book, you know that community has no soul, and no integrity and all of the American troops and all of the American dollars are not going to change that reality.

I do believe that the thinking, intelligent people in Pakistan and Afghanistan are beginning to realize that conservative, theocratic Muslim controls must be overcome, but THEY need to fight that fight and sacrifice their own lives if they honestly want any form of democratic freedom. We can’t do it for them, and they don’t want us to do it for them.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

Good letter, Mr. Hayes. We have enough to do to fight the return to 17th century that our own homegrown Taliban want to see without going halfway around the world to fight it there.

Kendall Simmons 4 years, 2 months ago

"When a community allows a Taliban member to gouge the eyes out of a 6-year-old girl because she is reading a book"...this sounds horrible, except that I can find no reference to it actually happening except for your saying it did in this LTTE and on your personal blog. So how about pointing us to a citation? Thanks!

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

The USA government forcing our military to kill thousands upon thousands upon thousands upon thousands of innocent men,women and children who do not support violent terrorists is not winning anything.

Frankly it is more likely pissing off millions upon millions around the world that which would include about 70% of americans.

Not to mention thousands of USA military deaths plus about 35,000 that have been disabled and will be receiving disability pay for about the next 50 years at a very likely cost of $5 trillion.

War is a waste and a large money hole!

What has been accomplished thus far? Trillions in new debt and thousands of dead bodies.

Abdu Omar 4 years, 2 months ago

When the Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation the words the Angel said to him were "Read". Muhammad replie, "I cannot read". They Angel again said "Read" and the Prophet again replied "I cannot read". Then the third time the Angel said "Read in the Name of God". Three times the Prophet of Islam was told to "read". This is the fundamental reason Muslims are the most educated peoples on earth and you are saying that a little girl's eyes were cut out for "reading"? I doubt it. I know about your prejudices, Mr. Hayes. Many times the American press misunderstands the foreign culture and uses the bases of our culture to "summarize and criticize" the other culture. Yes, the Afghans are different from us in many ways, but they are not so barbaric that they would harm children. It is the Americans who kill children by collateral damage. Our concept of justice is like killing a mosquito with a shotgun. God help those who get in the way.

George Lippencott 4 years, 2 months ago

Kent says: “Why does our president persist in consulting the “generals in the field” when he is trying to determine how we should conduct this war in Afghanistan? It’s like asking my 3-year-old granddaughter if she wants an ice cream cone. It’s bad enough that he asks, but even worse that he takes their suggestions and we, the taxpayers, pay the trillions to stay mired in this impossible conflict."

Are we back to Vietnam and blaming the troops for this war? Kent, wars are made by politicians. Soldiers fight them. Mr. Obama announced his intent to pursue nation building in Afghanistan during his campaign. He then asked his generals how to pursue it. They told him in no uncertain terms that there was no military solution to the challenge. He has pursued improving security as a short-term goal leading to planned human investments. It is probably time to poll our troops out so that we can see what the people of Afghanistan want. It is, after all, their country.

Kent, if there is blame, put it where it belongs!

Kontum1972 4 years, 2 months ago

Charlie Wilson was right on with Afghanistan...we dropped the ball

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