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December 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

It is futile to keep fighting in Afghanistan

Focus efforts on reducing national debt instead

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center right, speaks with Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, center left, during a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday. NATO foreign ministers met their Russian counterpart on Wednesday to discuss, among other issues, the situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center right, speaks with Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean, center left, during a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday. NATO foreign ministers met their Russian counterpart on Wednesday to discuss, among other issues, the situation in Afghanistan.
(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Your editorial couldn’t be more timely and overdue after 12 years of futile fighting and vast expenditures on the part of U.S. taxpayers [“Leave Afghanistan," Opinion, Nov. 29].

Your reasons cited for being against another “10 years of U.S. blood and treasure invested in that country” seem to be lost on our military, as well as on a significant number of congressional leaders.

To your valid list of reasons for an immediate pullout from this unsalvageable country, I would like to add two additional concerns: first, Afghanistan’s complete refusal and/or ability to eliminate or drastically reduce their annual opium production, which supplies about 90 percent of the world’s heroin; and second, the hundreds of billions more dollars that will be needed to support their undependable army for another 10 years.

These same funds could be utilized to decrease our skyrocketing national debt of some $17 trillion dollars.

— Norman Dixon, Lacey

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