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February 20, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Troops to Afghanistan

Fighting yesterday means fighting today

Editor, The Times:

Sending more troops to Afghanistan is like buying more refrigerators to stop global warming [“More troops to Afghanistan,” Times, Nation & World, Feb. 18]. Neither President Obama nor the Pentagon has given us a clear explanation of what victory would look like.

What are American troops supposed to do there?

Simply put, we are fighting in Afghanistan today because we were fighting in Afghanistan yesterday. We won’t quit, though bringing economic stability and political normalcy to Afghanistan probably requires our military departing.

Once our troops are out, the current government may fall. This will prove it was too corrupt and incompetent to win public support.

We know what works: listening to local people, letting them set the agenda for their own social and economic development and providing local people with resources they need to improve their lives. It’s about letting them, not global corporations with insider contracts, manage their development.

We need to admit poverty, ignorance, religious extremism and totalitarianism are problems that can’t be fixed with laser-guided bombs.

— Fred Miller, Seattle

Selling our souls

We’ve deployed 17,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan. Can you still feel the hope?

No one in the Bush administration is being held accountable. Can you still feel the hope?

President Barack “bail ’em out” Obama sold his soul to the oligarchs of America. (The devil was outbid.) Can you still feel the hope?

Without progress, hope is nothing but a pipe dream.

— Marty Zupan, Seattle

Reporting hypocrisy

Protesters were quick to rally against troop deployments under former President Bush, calling him a murderer and a war monger and blocking the movement of ammunition at key ports.

Can I assume we will see the same thing with President Obama’s decision to send 17,000 troops to Afghanistan to murder more babies, children and innocent civilians?

Also, can we expect to see papers such as yours report the hypocrisy of the lack of protests for Obama’s decision to put American troops in harm’s way?

— Art Francis, Issaquah

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