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September 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Afghanistan: Should Obama bring troops home?

Sirota whiffs again on Afghanistan

I always look forward to David Sirota’s columns on Sundays. He never ceases to amuse as he steps up to the editorial plate, swings and misses. The truly amusing part is not the whiff itself (I expect him to miss) but the extent of the whiff. One wonders if Sirota even has an editorial bat, much less the ability to swing it.

In this week’s edition of “Watch Dummy Dave whiff again,” Sirota [“Military’s science-fiction pitch sanitizes the brutality of war,” Opinion, syndicated columnist, Aug. 30] blames the brutal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the troops. He forgets President Obama is the commander-in-chief of the military. They all work for him.

Obama could, if he really wanted, turn off the wars tomorrow and start bringing our guys home.

The troops don’t have that power. They work, ultimately, for the president. They didn’t start the war.

If Sirota had been old enough, he would have been one to spit on the returning Vietnam vets, who got drafted and sent off to a war they didn’t start.

Then as now, the troops work for the president.

Sirota remains off base once again. Way off.

— John Hafen, Woodinville

What if Bush were doing this bad?

Here is my what if: What if George W. Bush were in office today? Just imagine the national unemployment nearly at 10 percent and August being the worst casualty month in Afghanistan since the start of the war.

And if in the midst of all that, Bush went on a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard [“Martha’s Vineyard greets Obamas for weeklong stay,” News, Aug. 24], what would the headlines be?

— Marc L. Totten, Seattle

Not another war like Vietnam

The story “War strategy due for shift as patience runs short” [CloseUp, Aug. 24] says our generals will ask for more troops to fight in Afghanistan. I hope we are not being gradually sucked into a wider war like we were in Vietnam 40 years ago.

— Richard Partington, Bellevue

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