Is­sue Afghanistan an ul­ti­ma­tum

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

Our troops are be­ing tar­geted and slain in Afghanistan in a very cow­ardly way by the very peo­ple they are try­ing to help. In­stead of apolo­gies, which are con­sid­ered a sign of weak­ness in that part of the world, an ul­ti­ma­tum should be is­sued: Stop the killing and the out­of­con­trol demon­stra­tions or U. S. troops will be pulled out im­me­di­ately, open­ing the door for the re­turn of the Tal­iban.

One of three things will hap­pen if the Afghans be­lieve we have is­sued a se­ri­ous ul­ti­ma­tum: Not want­ing the re­turn of the Tal­iban, the peo­ple will heed the warn­ing; if the Tal­iban are be­hind the killings and ri­ots, the masses will over­rule or dis­re­gard them and things will calm down; or the sit­u­a­tion will con­tinue and we pull our troops out of Afghanistan af­ter launch­ing an all-out as­sault on the Tal­iban.

An­other al­ter­na­tive is for Pres­i­dent Obama to keep apol­o­giz­ing and keep mak­ing speeches about how the apolo­gies are work­ing as more Amer­i­can troops get killed. RON WOOTTERS Lam­bertville, N.J.

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