“Intractable Afghan Graft Hampering U.S. Strategy” (TIMES, 3/8/12)

          Do we need anymore evidence that the situation in Afghanistan is hopeless? What we have in that sorry country is a QUAGMIRE! Nothing much has been accomplished to meet the goals our leaders set for us, however they are viewed by various people to the right or left of this issue. Contrary to the boast of Donald Rumsfeld, a quagmire is what he gave us.

          THEREFORE, the time has come to terminate the venture. If it was not an election year, we could probably have our troops out of there in six months (i.e., by 9/30/12). Unfortunately, it is unlikely that President Obama, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, will advocate such a move. The irresponsible four stooges vying for the Republican presidential nomination  would howl like banshees and loudly accuse him of surrendering.

          However, it does seem like the majority of Americans  would support such a sensible decision. Moreover, after the screeching of the four GOP pipsqueak candidates is over, they will not have a better solution to this problem. Maybe, Ron Paul, who has opposed this war in the past, might add his voice in support of a safe removal of the troops, but who knows for sure?

          In any case, if Obama does it right and convenes a meeting with all those in charge of the Afghanistan question, he could address the nation via television the way FDR used the radio, and tell the American people the whole truth about this disaster, then we could probably be out of there a full two months before the election.

          I guess it is a question of Obama wanting to be right or wanting to be president.

A. Garavente


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