Wednesday letters: U.S. challenged by military issues

07/09/2014 12:00 AM

07/08/2014 5:19 PM

U.S. troops need to be taken out of Afghanistan. If I am not mistaken, America referred to the Afghan-Russian War as Russia’s Vietnam. The Russians could not win in Afghanistan, so what makes our government believe the United States can? Afghanistan is very similar to Vietnam in that thousands of troops are trying to win an unwinnable war. Leaving troops in Afghanistan is just asking for major troubles during a pull-out of U.S. troops. A similar situation produced a terrible last few days in Vietnam, which probably will be repeated in Afghanistan if the terrorists are allowed to take more of this country.

Just look at the situation in Iraq as proof of a near-Vietnam event. My father, more than eight years ago, said that if our government takes over the Iraqi government, then the warring tribes would go back to warring as they have for hundreds of years. My father knew what he was talking about. If Baghdad falls, the few hundred troops who probably will be sent to Iraq may very well be a carbon copy of the last troops in Vietnam.

Meantime, he public reaction to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from captivity really offends me, and should offend every American. This guy spent five years in captivity. Americans are supposed to believe in the saying, “Leave no soldier behind.” The notion that the five prisoners, who were traded to free Bergdahl are going to make a victorious stand against the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan is very silly.

I am confident that since these five have been prisoners, they have been well replaced. I cannot believe that Americans cannot feel great for this soldier and his family.

Timothy Monroe Bledsoe

North Augusta

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