Afghanistan Quagmire

The following is a copy of my letter to President Obama regarding the war in Afghanistan and recent comments made by Afghan President Hamid Karzai regarding a possible war between Pakistan and America.

October 25, 2011

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.  20048

Dear President Obama,

I truly hate writing so often; however based on what was reported yesterday I just have to write once again.  It was reported that Afghan President Hamid Karzai told a Pakistani television station this past weekend that if war broke out between the U.S. and Pakistan, Afghanistan would side with their neighbor.  Considering that we are already conducting drone missile attacks in Pakistan, an outbreak of war doesn’t seem farfetched.  However, I find his comments horrendous and an insult to every American soldier who has given their life during America’s longest waged war.

Long before I learned of Karzai’s comments, I have opined numerous times that this war has gone on way too long and it is far past time to end this military occupation.  We have spent nearly half a trillion dollars and have lost more than 1,700 lives supporting this president and what do we have to show for it?  Granted, Osama bin Laden finally met his maker, paying the price for his horrific attack of September 11th, though I always thought we should have sent a small task group of special ops soldiers after him instead of declaring war against two sovereign nations.  Not only have we kept Karzai in office, I assume that we have also made him a very wealthy man as well, considering how corrupt Afghanistan is.

I urge you and Congress to end this quagmire immediately and bring all our troops home for Christmas as you are doing so in Iraq.

Steven H. Spring

Representative Steve Austria
Senator Sherrod Brown
Senator Rob Portman

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