“French Weigh Afghan Exit After Killings” (TIMES, 1/21/12)

If the British, French, German, and Italian governments, our main NATO allies, will be withdrawing significant numbers of their troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, how can the United States not do the same?
Won’t it be absolutely clear, even to the hawks in the United States, that these withdrawals (along with what our country will be pulling out) constitute acknowledgments that the war in afghanistan is for all intents and purposes over?
In other words, there is no need to drag out the withdrawal until 12/31/14. ALL U.S. and NATO forces could be removed from Rumsfeld’s quagmire by 12/31 of THIS year. Lives would be saved and inflated military budgets could be cut.
Any U.S. official who opposes this long overdue withdrawal (e.g., Secretary of Defense leon Panetta) can turn in a resignation. President Obama can’t only run for re-election this year. He has to spend some time in the Oval Office doing the job he was elected to do.
A. Garavente


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