Friday letters: It’s time to bring our troops home

May 17, 2013 

I believe that fighting World War I and World War II was absolutely necessary to our nation’s security. I do not believe that fighting in Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq or Afghanistan was necessary to the security of our nation.

If my understanding is correct, Korea and Vietnam were fought to prevent the spread of communism to South Korea and South Vietnam. The war in Kuwait was fought to drive Saddam Hussein out of a country that he wrongly invaded. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars were because of Sept. 11, 2001. Considering how far these five countries are from the United States, I do not see how these wars were even conceivably fought to protect our nation’s security.

Te overpaid, underworked and clueless government officials in Washington are continuing to force tens of thousands of American troops into harm’s way for absolutely no good reason. The term “nation building” has been used to describe both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

It is well past time for government officials to stop being warmongers and bring all of our troops home to safety and their families where they all belong.

Timothy M. Bledsoe

North Augusta

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