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December 15, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Troops to Afghanistan

Give them a break

With all due respect, I must disagree with Congressman Rick Larsen [“Sustained, substantial U.S. commitment for Afghanistan,” guest columnist, Dec. 10]. While I am generally optimistic about the administration of President-elect Barack Obama, I am extremely concerned about his support of increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, as recommended by Gen. David McKiernan, who requests that the U.S. increase its military levels from about 32,000 to almost 60,000.

The fact that this troop increase could be needed for “up to four years to stabilize the country” especially concerns me.

Our troops are suffering. They are drained mentally, physically and emotionally, as are their families. Yet men and women continue to be redeployed for one tour after another.

What really confounds me is why our new administration would pull U.S. troops from Iraq, only to redistribute them in the mountains of Afghanistan. We have asked our servicemen and women to serve, and they have done so nobly. It is now time to honor our commitment to our military, bring them home and take care of them when they get here.

— Cherie Eichholz, Seattle

There are other ways

to help

Congressman Rick Larsen asks us to support President-elect Barack Obama’s call for additional brigades to Afghanistan.

Things have recently gotten worse in Afghanistan, not because we don’t have enough troops, but because we already have troops stationed there.

Afghanistan needs schools, medical facilities and ways to make a living besides growing poppies for opium.

Violence breeds violence; what is needed is peace and stability. Working for the latter would cost less in lives and probably even in money.

— Bruce Pringle, Normandy Park

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