Letter to the Editor

Not our battles

AtascaderoFebruary 26, 2014 

I watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. The best and worst part was his introduction of a young man named Cory. He served a total of 10 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. On his last tour he was terribly wounded. Now, after years of pain and rehabilitation, he is able to talk and walk with help. I don’t begrudge one penny that was used in Cory’s rehabilitation — he will need help for the rest of his life.

What I am opposed to is any further participation by our country in fighting in other countries as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have killed thousands of our military men and women, as well as tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children. I believe we should stay engaged financially in Afghanistan to rebuild their hospitals, schools and roads, but not another cent to kill and destroy. The violence may continue as it has in Iraq, but those battles are between the Taliban and moderate Muslims. We cannot win those battles for them, and we cannot give them a stable democratic county. That is theirs to fight for and win.

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