Commentary: Mr. President get us the hell out of Afghanistan

I know that all of the news all of the time these days is the horror of what is happening in Japan and I grant that it is worthy of the headlines, but there is other news in the world that is not being addressed.  Have we forgotten that American blood is being shed in Afghanistan?

Mr. President, we need to get the hell out of Afghanistan.  While it in no way resembles the Vietnam conflict, it is still a wasteful and worthless war.  I understand that Afghanistan is a hot bed of terrorist bases such as al Qaeda, but we aren’t going to end that threat with boots on the ground.  This is one of those “horses and barn” theories.  If the terrorists attack America again we blow them all straight to hell, not just them but those who harbor them, just like we did after 9/11, but better, much better.

I have great sympathy for the poor people who may be forced to live under the rule of the Taliban, but it just ain’t none of our business. After all, there is nothing to prevent the people of Afghanistan from overthrowing an oppressive regime like others in the Middle East. We didn’t send troops to Cairo, so why are they in Kandahar?

American soldiers are bleeding as are American tax dollars that could be better spent here at home, in the United States.

Get us the hell out of there Mr. President and please do it soon or I will lose faith in you, as have so many others before me. I know I’m just one person but I speak with many voices, as do those who speak after me.

Here is the rest of the story from NPR:

If there’s any good news for President Obama in the latest ABC News-Washington Post poll in terms of the questions the pollsters asked about Afghanistan, it’s that most of those surveyed — 53 percent — didn’t think the president would withdraw a “substantial” number of U.S. troops this summer.

Obama has indicated that he intends only small withdrawals of troops this summer, so the public expectation lines up with his plans. So far, so good.

But the rest of the poll’s Afghanistan responses are dismal news for the president.

The poll reports, for instance, that 64 percent of those surveyed in March thought the war not worth fighting.

That’s slightly higher than the 60 percent who said the same in December but the trend is all in the wrong direction.

Looked at another way, only 31 percent said the war was worth waging. Compare that with the 56 percent who said the same thing in May of 2007. The bottom has clearly fallen out of support for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

In democracies, leaders generally run into problems when they attempt to sustain war efforts that lack popular backing.

Obama has undoubtedly gotten leeway from voters because he inherited the war along with Iraq. And he campaigned on sending additional troops to Iraq.

Meanwhile, Gen. David Petraeus, perhaps the military officer best known and most trusted by the public and who testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill, has been running the war of late. That, no doubt, has bought the president’s Afghanistan surge strategy some time.

But these numbers certainly don’t suggest the president has as much time politically as Afghanistan might require, especially as Americans consider the costs of the war in lives and money.

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5 Responses to Commentary: Mr. President get us the hell out of Afghanistan

  1. JoeB.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Good post! We do need to get out of Afghanistan and we need to do it yesterday.

    • A Michael J. Scott

      March 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I used to support the war Joe because I am convinced that al Qaeda poses a serious threat to the country but enough is enough. Time to bring our troops back.

  2. Jenny40

    March 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I think the president did the right thing when he stayed and even when he increased the troops but it’s now time to start pulling back.

    • A Michael J. Scott

      March 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      I clearly agree Jenny, and that will surprise a lot of people no doubt.

  3. david

    March 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    There is no reason 2 b in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda and Taliban can be in many countries. We profess that we are not invading other countries, but then we do and are invading countries. Vietnam is a perfect example. What we do is get a phony excuse and then find a government person 2 invite us in and use that as a justifiable reason 2 invade. We need 2 stay out of other countries struggles and let the U.N.do that kind of invasion. The U.S. can get Al Qaeda and Taliban if they attack us by undercover and overt means at the request of the host country. We are wasting our time in Afghanistan and remember pledged 2 get rid of the waste