As Obama Explains His Decision on Afghanistan

letter in New York Times, Nov. 30, 2009:

Re “Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan Envisions Exit” (front page, Nov. 30):

Many people who supported or worked for the election of President Obama as one who could help bring about hope, change and peace in our nation and the world are sadly disappointed in his pending decision to send more United States troops to Afghanistan.

Polls show that almost half of Americans oppose committing any more troops, escalating rather than withdrawing militarily, in what is considered an unproductive and unnecessary entanglement in that impoverished, beleaguered and war-torn country.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who as Allied commander in Europe during World War II experienced the devastating cost, suffering and destruction of war, once observed, “I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.”

There are indeed better, wiser, more productive ways than war.

(Rev.) David W. Long
West Chester, Pa.

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