US official resigns over Afghan war

I think this is an extremely important story.  And more people need to do things like this to protest what is going on in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In years past, we have seen a number of books come out from people in the Bush administration that said things like, “I didn’t think this was a good idea at the time but I went along with it… blah blah blah.”  Well, if they had resigned it would have really made others think about what we were doing and what we continue to do.  If everyone who was against the war in Afghanistan or Iraq (this guy can’t be the only one) were to resign, then the Obama administration would be forced to rethink its policies, especially at a time when it looks increasingly likely that Obama will increase the amount of troops in Afghanistan.  This is exactly the wrong thing to do.  We need to get our troops out of there, not bring more in.

Here is the Washington Post story on that US official (he worked for the State Department, and before that he was a Marine).  We need a lot more people like Matthew Hoh, even if he is not a “peacenik, pot-smoking hippie who wants everyone to be in love.”

Afghanistan has been called the place where empires go to die.  Hopefully, we can get out before it’s too late.


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