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U.S. official resigns over war in Afghanistan:Foreign Service officer: GIs dying for what is essentially a foreign civil war

When Matthew Hoh joined the Foreign Service early this year, he was exactly the kind of smart civil-military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in Afghanistan.

A former Marine Corps captain with combat experience in Iraq, Hoh had also served in uniform at the Pentagon, and as a civilian in Iraq and at the State Department. By July, he was the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province, a Taliban hotbed.

But last month, in a move that has sent ripples all the way to the White House, Hoh, 36, became the first U.S. official known to resign in protest over the Afghan war, which he had come to believe simply fueled the insurgency.


Asked by gammie at 11:43 AM on Oct. 27, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • USMC...

    Please educate yourself about Afghanistan's history ,about the time period when Russians were there. He can send million troops there would not help...There needs to be change strategically


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:25 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • You can find the whole story on MSNBC ON Matthew Hoh
    "I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States' presence in Afghanistan," Matthew Hoh wrote in a resignation letter.

    Do you still think we should be there?

    Answer by gammie at 11:46 AM on Oct. 27, 2009


    Answer by gammie at 11:48 AM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Would you rather we fight the war there are here? There will be war, the Islamic extremists will not stop if we pack up and go home. They will simply bring the battle to us, just as they did on 9/11. So, their backyard or yours? That is the real question.

    In a perfect world we would not need to be in Afghanistan. In a perfect world, there would not be a Holy War declared against us. In a perfect world disagreeing countries could negotiate peace. There is no negotiating with people that simply want you dead.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:52 AM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Obama's leaving them out there floating.

    He's had since his campaigning days to figure this out.

    He sounded so sure about what to do there.
    Now he has made it clear that he doesn't know what to do.
    Or does he?
    The longer he waits, the more it falls apart over there.
    Is that what he wants, maybe?

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 11:56 AM on Oct. 27, 2009


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:00 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • I keep WANTING to conclude that we should just get out of there, but HISTORY keeps getting in my way.

    We weren't "there" while the Taliban were rising in power - immature thugs playing with guns who offered a very exciting alternative to the village farm life. And just like any gang which gets power (recall our Wild West, or Mexico, or India, etc. - the story is always the same) they made life MISERABLE for those they subjugated.

    And they were free to recruit & train openly, extorting food, money for more munitions, or other gratifications from the villagers they terrorized.

    Afghanistan became a major source for terrorists. And America was not there at that time. ... Tragically, our Congress did not help rebuild Afghani infrastructure after the USSR retreated, and this created the vacuum which the Taliban exploited.

    And we got Sept. 11th. Do we WANT to repeat that disgraceful failure?
    My son is a Marine (cont'd)

    Answer by waldorfmom at 12:20 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • We weren't "there" while the Taliban were rising in power

    are we going to chase them into Pakistan too? Where will this war end? Ending th ewar doesn;t mean not still fighting against terrorism....


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:26 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • (cont'd)
    My son is a Marine. I want him home in the USA.

    He has only been married to the love of his life for two years. To their surprise, they already have 2 children. His daughter is 1, his son is a month old.

    He will be making life and death decisions about the 30 or 40 men in his command - men whom he knows well, knows their families. He'll be including them in his Thanksgiving dinner with us if they haven't local family to celebrate with.

    They are set to deploy next year.

    I am more angry than I can say about Obama delaying troops to Afghanistan, to bring relief and support.
    This morning a man reported from INSIDE Afghanistan that the Taliban's latest deadly attack (that means men DIED) has shown that the Taliban are far more organized and strong than they were " a couple of months ago".

    He didn't say it, but it's obvious Obama's dithering has ALREADY given help to the enemy, and IS killing our troops !!

    Answer by waldorfmom at 12:31 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • "are we going to chase them into Pakistan too? Where will this war end? Ending th ewar doesn;t mean not still fighting against terrorism...."

    Since Pakistan has nuclear weapons, the whole world DOES plan to chase them into Pakistan - just this month terrorists DID take over Pakistan's "Pentagon". This is NOT a situation for diplomacy !!

    Where will it end? Wherever the crusade to kill every non-muslim ends.
    WE can't end the war! Any more than an abused wife can end the beating without fighting back. We are on the defensive. Appeasing this enemy has repeatedly failed to slow its attacks on us.

    "Ending thewar doesn;t mean not still fighting against terrorism"... HOW "still fight" ??! Send over black ops teams to take out a Taliban nest, here or there, then return to the US? That has worked SO well against drug lords.

    Would we still fight by, say, arresting guys in Cleveland with explosives in their kitchens? What?

    Answer by waldorfmom at 12:48 PM on Oct. 27, 2009