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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I Don't Disagree

If we're not there to win it, we're sure to lose it.
U.S. official resigns over Afghan war
By Karen DeYoung, Washington Post Staff Writer

When Matthew Hoh joined the Foreign Service early this year, he was exactly the kind of smart civil-military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in Afghanistan.

A former Marine Corps captain with combat experience in Iraq, Hoh had also served in uniform at the Pentagon, and as a civilian in Iraq and at the State Department. By July, he was the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province, a Taliban hotbed.

But last month, in a move that has sent ripples all the way to the White House, Hoh, 36, became the first U.S. official known to resign in protest over the Afghan war, which he had come to believe simply fueled the insurgency.

"I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States' presence in Afghanistan," he wrote Sept. 10 in a four-page letter to the department's head of personnel. "I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end." [link]
On that last point regarding the strategic purposes of our presence in Afghanistan, Mr. Hoh is perfectly justified in having lost confidence.  Because Obama freely admits that he has no purpose.  Or strategy.  That's what this months long strategic confab is all about.  He's trying to figure out what he believes and square it with promises he's made.

This is no way to fight a war.

Hoh is right.  If we no longer have a good reason for being there, get out now.  Not another brave American life lost.  Now.