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It's time to end the war

Dear Editor:

It's time to end the war in Afghanistan. After 18 long years, the country over there may be more stable although it appears that even that modest hope is debatable.

And after we've spent how many billions of dollars fighting?

A trillion dollars? Probably. Maybe even a few trillion with only modest progress being made.

As it has been reported, the region is so unstable even now that one dare not risk overland travel from the airport serving Kabal to the so called "Green Zone."

Best to take one's chances by helicopter flight.

This is absurd.

We'd be better off pulling the remaining troops out of the region and turning things over to the Afghans.

We'll have to do that at some point anyway. Draw down our remaining forces in the region. Do it now. America can position an aircraft carrier battle group off the coast and keep watch on the area. That's what's needed here. A carrier battle group on station.

That's the beauty of an aircraft carrier. You don't have to occupy anyone's homeland. Nor do you need permission as the oceans are non-territorial. The oceans are international waters.

You don't need a base, and "green zone" so no permanent or semi-permanent facilities. No investment.

I applaud President Trump's efforts to end the war in Afghanistan. The military men advising him are calling for our continued presence there, however. They fear Afghanistan becoming a hub, or base, for plotting.

Their argument goes as such. We haven't been attacked here domestically so the strategy is working. True enough. Can't argue with that. We've been kept safe. Yes, but at what cost?

What's the end game here?

We need to declare victory, surrender all of our billions of investment in the country to the Afghani's (they are the ones remaining their after all) and remove the remaining forces.

A draw-down of our forces in the region is in order here.

Robert Peele
Rocky Mount


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