I just went to www.whitehouse.gov and sent the following to President Obama:
I know you’ve already prepared your speech for tonight, and as I understand from press reports based on advance copies of that speech, you are planning to announce a very limited withdrawl of troops from Afghanistan.
As one who voted for you, and will vote for you again, I find this extremely disappointing. The Afghan war should never have been started (ditto Iraq). From public statements by the Afghan president, it is clear our presence there is not desired, we are just a pawn of internal conflicts among the Afghanis and among the Afghanis, Pakistanis, Indians, Iranians and Saudi Arabians, all of whom are playing their own games.
It is time to get out and take care of our own. The fact that your GOP opponents are starting to say this — rather shamelessly, considering their warmongering pasts — should tell you something about the mood of the country. Why are their political advisors telling them that this is a good stand to take?
So, get us out, now. Defund the war and tell the generals they have until the end of the budget year — Sept. 31 — to get out or destroy in place everything they can’t carry. Afghanistan will be what it will be.
I should add — if you know of something we don’t — some overriding reason that bears directly on the security of this country, and I do mean directly, not that “if we don’t fight them there we’ll have to fight them here” nonsense, but an actual military threat, this would be an excellent time to clue the rest of us in on it.
Because, I gotta tell ya, all these re-treads of Bush’s reasons for going to war — the “spreading freedom” fantasy, the alleged threats “because we are free,” the fears that some guy might come here and toss a bomb, are getting very old and do not serve either you or the nation well.