Colin Powell made huge news last week, but not for what the media caught.
The media picked up that Powell wasn’t ready to endorse Obama for a second term.
But that news paled in comparison to what he said about Afghanistan.
“As for Afghanistan, Powell said upon reflection that ‘it was worth the sacrifice to give the Afghan people a chance at free government’ but that ‘we have to draw the line at some point,’ pointing towards the full withdrawal of American and NATO forces in 2014.
That’s right. Colin Powell, a former 4-star Army General with an unimpeachable military record, thinks we need to get out of Afghanistan by 2014.
This is huge news, because if we can get everyone agreeing that we must leave no later than 2014 (and that it’s not unpatriotic to say so), then we can begin the discussions of getting out faster than that.
Please, everyone. I’m begging you… Just, one day after Memorial Day, let’s use all these patriotic thoughts to think of how many service members are in harm’s way right now. And how many American lives we could save if we speed up the withdrawal of American troops.
My view remains unchanged: Let’s get out of Afghanistan, like now. And don’t buy the BS that more troops or commitment could help us win this war, whatever “win” means. The Taliban is stronger now than they were when we surged, according to many.
And the fact remains after ten years of war: We’ve done our part to try to help them, but as a whole, we’ve been roundly rejected. Let’s hand them the keys and wish them well.
So, what do you think?
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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