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…More
Is a hero coming home or a deserter? It seems we can’t quite yet entirely be sure [“Officials: Threat to Bergdahl’s life led to action,” Nation & World, June 5]. Though, one would think, you better be when you’re prepared to trade a potent group of Taliban associates — each of whom would not…More
Thank you for Lance Dickie’s excellent column about education in Afghanistan [“An educator’s optimism for Afghanistan,” Opinion, March 27]. I saw impressive figures from the BBC in the last month. It reports that there are currently 10.5 million kids in Afghan schools now, 42 percent of them girls. Where there were just 400 teachers…More
Focus efforts on reducing national debt instead
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.
Similar cases, different outcomes If a Muslim (Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan) kills 13 adults, he is sentenced to death. [“Fort Hood shooter gets death,” News, Aug. 29.] But if a Christian (Sgt. Robert Bales) kills 16 civilians, some of them children, he is only sentenced to life in prison. [“Afghans decry Bales’ sentence,” page one,…More
United States should keep funding development for countries in need Indeed, the costs of foreign wars will keep mounting if the United States doesn’t do more to improve the lives of the poorest people around the world [“Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan could cost up to $6 trillion,” front page, March 31]. In countries suffering from weak institutions…More
Remember the act of sacrifice Today is a Good Friday for many reasons. One is the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War across the country and in our Capitol in Olympia [“After 40 years, Vietnam memories are still strong,” seattletimes.com, March 29]. Today is a good day to remember the act of…More
Shrapnel is dangerous Bill Distler is 100 percent correct in his description of the effects of shrapnel, “precision” and “effectiveness” of drones by our nation to fight “terrorists” [“Drone attacks are not precise,” Opinion, Feb. 25]. As a Vietnam veteran of the 4th Infantry Division myself, during 1967-68, I saw the effects of shrapnel. Although, I…More
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…More
Army will learn from deaths of soldiers in Wanat battle On July 13, 2008, nine brave American soldiers died fighting courageously in a fierce battle in Wanat, Afghanistan. Our hearts go out to their families. From this tragic loss, we will learn; in addition to a formal commander’s inquiry conducted after the battle, two independent reviews…More