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June 23, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Praise to Obama for bringing him home, but scorn for an endless war

Five more U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan June 10 [“5 US troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan,” Nation & World, June 10]. They were killed by a NATO airstrike, so-called “friendly fire.” Who is to blame for these deaths? Certainly not Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who did not order U.S. troops into an endless and pointless war in Afghanistan.

Veterans for Peace has had few opportunities to applaud the actions of President Obama. We are profoundly disappointed that the president has continued the aggressive foreign policies of the Bush administration. But today, we can thank Obama for a couple steps in the right direction.

Obama did the right thing when he brought home a U.S. prisoner of war from Afghanistan. Obama did the right thing when he released five Afghan prisoners of war from the U.S. prison at Guantánamo.

But President Obama did the wrong thing when he decided that U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan for another two and a half years, and then some. The deaths of five U.S. soldier yesterday is the kind of bad news we can expect as long as U.S. troops are in harm’s way.

As Vietnam veteran John Kerry once famously said, “How do we ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”

Sgt. Bergdahl, we have great respect for you and your wonderful family. We are happy that you will be reunited soon.

Gerry Condon, Veterans for Peace, Tacoma

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