Time to wrap up a fu­tile ven­ture

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

In his first in­ter­view since tak­ing over the Pen­tagon’s counter-IED cam­paign in March, Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero pro­jected in­creased U.S., al­lied and Afghan ca­su­al­ties in the com­ing months as the fight­ing picks up and the United States mil­i­tary ap­pears less able to con­trol the Afghan in­sur­gents’ most dead­li­est weapon.

For Heaven’s sake lets put an end to this mad­ness. This is not a real war or a real bat­tle­field. We send our sea­soned fight­ing men to this trou­bled area of the world to fight face­less shad­ows, not mil­i­tary fig­ures. In con­ven­tional wars brave men in battle dress face off against each other on real bat­tle­fields and for right or wrong causes.

We can’t con­tinue to sac­ri­fice any more Amer­i­can lives with the hope that our ef­forts will suc­ceed in trans­form­ing this nation’s cen­turiesold tra­di­tions of cul­tural empti­ness into a demo­cratic state.Where are the stal­wart po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary fig­ures with the guts to stand up and de­mand the im­me­di­ate end to this mis­ad­ven­ture? Harry Lorenzo Wil­liamsville, New York

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