No more fight­ing in Afghanistan

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Gra­ham’s (R-S.C.) March 15 op-ed, “We need more forces in Afghanistan”:

None of the ter­ror­ists who took part in the Sept. 11, 2001, at­tacks was from Afghanistan. If you posit a global ter­ror­ist net­work, no sin­gle coun­try is es­sen­tial to its ex­is­tence, so de­nial of a sanc­tu­ary in Afghanistan will only cause ter­ror­ists to move to other lo­ca­tions. And they have choices.

If a na­tion can­not win a war af­ter a decade and a half, per­haps it’s time to re­con­sider its goals. That doesn’t mean the war was lost, but rather that lead­ers are fo­cus­ing on other pri­or­i­ties. We got out of Viet­nam lit­er­ally overnight, and to­day that coun­try is at peace. Many of those liv­ing in Viet­nam to­day don’t remember the war. When I was in Viet­nam in 1964, no one there could remember peace. The British and Rus­sians tried and failed to con­trol Afghanistan. It was once im­por­tant be­cause of trade routes, but it has lit­tle strate­gic im­por­tance in the mod­ern world.

The United States can con­tinue to sup­port its in­ter­ests in Afghanistan with for­eign aid through the State Depart­ment, but please, no armies.

Robert Bur­ney, Sper­ryville

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