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May 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Afghanistan surge

Where are the protests?

President Barack Obama — who appears to have changed his name to “O-bomb-them-all” –has recently sent 21,000 more troops into Iraq, above the Bush administration levels of troops [“Gates: Afghan-bound U.S. troops outpacing equipment,” seattletimes.com, Politics & Government, May 7].

He is sending more than 100,000 troops above the troop level of the Bush administration and yet there have not been any protesters. Remember, the Russians went into Afghanistan with 130,000 and without the U.S.’s concern for civilian casualties and got their butts kicked.

It seems to me that the many Seattle war protesters, Democratic Party politicians (where are Rep. Jim McDermott and Sen. Patty Murray?) and Seattle media who constantly protested and spouted anti-war sentiments are no longer concerned about war and the frightening consequences of major wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at the same time.

As an independent, I worried about this when the Democrats took control of the military because of their well-known history of war. I am actually old enough to remember when the cry across this land was, “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?” — and they were not talking about a Republican president.

— Preston Massey, Oak Harbor

Pursuing Pakistan’s prize

Throughout recorded history, no country or empire that has invaded Afghanistan has ever emerged victorious. Think about that; from the Roman Empire in ancient times to the U.S.S.R. about 20 years ago, no invader has ever succeeded.

We invaded Afghanistan in 2003 under the Bush administration’s misguided and totally inept policies. Now, the Obama administration is going to send thousands of additional U.S. troops into Afghanistan to counter the resurgent Taliban, which is well on the way to gaining political and military control of both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But the stakes are higher now, because the prize is greater than ever before. And just what is the prize? Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and the people who know how to use it.

Perhaps the only solution is to remove the prize from the table.

— Harry B. Bosch, Silverdale

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