Former Marine (Iraq Vet)/Senior Diplomat Resigns Saying Afghanistan Is Unwinnable

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ByLoSellHi, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. First U.S. Official Resigns Over Afghan War

    Senior diplomat in Afghanistan said he believes the war is simply fueling the insurgency
    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    A former Marine who fought in Iraq, joined the State Department after leaving the military and was a diplomat in a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan has become the first U.S. official to resign in protest of the Afghan war, the Washington Post reported early Tuesday.
    Matthew Hoh, who describes himself as "not some peacenik, pot-smoking hippie who wants everyone to be in love," said he believes the war is simply fueling the insurgency.

    "I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States' presence in Afghanistan," Hoh wrote in his resignation letter, dated Sept. 10 but published early Tuesday. "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."

    The move sent ripples all the way to the White House, the paper said, where officials immediately appealed for him to stay out of fear he could become a leading critic.

    U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry brought him to Kabul and offered him a job on his senior embassy staff, but Hoh declined. He then flew home and met with Richard Holbrooke, the administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    Holbrooke told the Post he disagreed that the war "wasn't worth the fight," but did agree with much of Hoh's analysis.

    "We took his letter very seriously, because he was a good officer," Holbrooke said in an interview with the newspaper. "We all thought that given how serious his letter was, how much commitment there was, and his prior track record, we should pay close attention to him."

    The revelation comes as President Obama pledged on Monday not to "rush the solemn decision" to send more troops to battle in Afghanistan as he weighs military options on what to do next in the troubled war.
    The administration is debating whether to send tens of thousands more troops to the country, while the Afghan government is moving to hold a Nov. 7 runoff election between President Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah. The runoff comes after complaints by international monitors of fraudulent voting in the first election.

    ABC News, citing unnamed sources, reported Monday evening that Obama will likely announce his decision for Afghanistan between that nation's runoff presidential election on Nov. 7, and the president's departure for Tokyo, Japan, on Nov. 11.

    "I won't risk your lives unless it is absolutely necessary," Obama told service men and women at Naval Air Station Jacksonville on Monday. He promised a "clear mission" with defined goals and the equipment needed to get the job done.

    Obama, who is in the process of weighing options put forward by the Pentagon that include various levels of increased troops, spoke of the latest example of the dangers and sacrifices there -- helicopter crashes that killed 14 Americans in the deadliest day for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan in more than four years.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  2. Many, many felt the same way about Iraq before the surge. Iraq is still a problem but has changed greatly since the Surge.
    Remember Biden wanted to split Iraq into 3 parts.

    There is a solution for Afghanistan but it will take more time and smart strategy.

    I feel Obama will take the PC approach. He will dig in, draw his line and freeze the situation, quagmire style. Very similar to what Clinton did in Iraq. Sit on the border for 8 years do little but have very few causalities. Then pass it all on to the next guy.
  3. Like a lot of Americans who havent been there, much less been involved in political and military matters there . . . I just don't know. Remember when the Afghan war just started and was quickly wrapped up by our special forces guys and how everyone pointed to the war as a great success in contrast to Iraq ? WTF happened ? (To me, it seems like having the answer to this question is very relevant. If we 'win' through a surge, how long does that last ?) Is it good to get out now, or will that then create another base for Taliban types as before ? I dont know.
    My concern as an American is that the as*hole politicians will only make their moves based on how it impacts them politically, and that angers me. In the mean time, good men are fighting and dying there. What to do ?
  4. Lucrum


    "Former Marine (Iraq Vet)/Senior Diplomat Resigns Saying Afghanistan Is Unwinnable"

    Hmmm, according to Obama (whom BLSH supported during the campaign and election last year) Afghanistan is "the good war".
  5. wjk


    You just made an excellent case for bringing them home now.