..."those things will get President Obama and Congress interested in the war that they’ve chosen to fight."
The war that was chosen to fight eight years ago was aimed at Osama bin Laden's training camps, not a decade-long nation building exercise in futility to prop up another corrupt and un-popular regime that also runs the world opium trade.
"If he had only supplied the reinforcements that General McCrystal had requested, would those eighteen fallen heroes be dead now?"
What a disgusting and pathetic statement. Great idea - let's just send more of our sons and daughters to their deaths with no goal or mission whatsoever. You want someone to resign? Someone already has, but I doubt you have any clue. Read about Matt Hoh - get some facts - drop the MLM referenced Limbaugh crap, and learn something about which you attempt to speak. Then, if you really want folks in Afghanistan, go join a mercenary group for the big bucks. Meanwhile, America's about to tell these clowns we're no longer going to waste our sons and daughters in another civil war of illiterate, ungrateful people who practice fundamentalist gender genocide and who don't want us around in the first place.
In addition to the story below, a link is provided to his entire 4 page resignation letter, which I highly recommend anyone interested in fairly evaluating the situation in Afghanistan, read.
U.S. official resigns over Afghan war Foreign Service officer and former Marine captain says he no longer knows why his nation is fighting
"I'm not some peacenik, pot-smoking hippie who wants everyone to be in love," Hoh said…his dominant experience is from the Marines, where many of his closest friends still serve. "There are plenty of dudes who need to be killed," he said of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. "I was never more happy than when our Iraq team whacked a bunch of guys."
Hoh's doubts increased with Afghanistan's Aug. 20 presidential election, marked by low turnout and widespread fraud. He concluded, he said in his resignation letter, that the war ‘has violently and savagely pitted the urban, secular, educated and modern of Afghanistan against the rural, religious, illiterate and traditional. It is this latter group that composes and supports the Pashtun insurgency.’
With ‘multiple, seemingly infinite, local groups,’ he wrote, the insurgency ‘is fed by what is perceived by the Pashtun people as a continued and sustained assault, going back centuries, on Pashtun land, culture, traditions and religion by internal and external enemies. The U.S. and Nato presence in Pashtun valleys and villages, as well as Afghan army and police units that are led and composed of non-Pashtun soldiers and police, provide an occupation force against which the insurgency is justified.’
American families, he said at the end of the letter, ‘must be reassured their dead have sacrificed for a purpose worthy of futures lost, love vanished, and promised dreams unkept. I have lost confidence such assurances can be made any more'."