To the editor:
The Obama Administration is currently engaged in the negotiation of a bilateral security agreement to retain an estimated 10,000 U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan. President Hamed Karzai refuses to sign the agreement.
The original plan of the U.S. was for a full withdrawal by December of 2014. The war in Afghanistan is the longest in U.S. history. More than 2,100 service members are dead, nearly 20,000 wounded and hundreds of billions of dollars have been expended.
Another 10 years of security and economic aid will not increase U.S. national security, but will surely result in more dead and wounded personnel and great expense,.
U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan in 2001 to advance a vital national security interest to prevent further attacks on U.S. soil following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack. The original mission to eliminate the Al-Qaida footprint in Afghanistan was accomplished.
The human tragedy endured by our military in Afghanistan is immense. The negative effects on our service members and their families of as many as seven combat tours in Afghanistan will be felt for decades.
Polls find that the American people do not want a continued American military presence in Afghanistan after the withdrawal deadline. The U.S. has achieved its primary object in Afghanistan. It's time to leave and bring our service people home.