Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Welcome to the Beginning of the End of the Afghan War?

First US official resigns over Afghanistan war

Matthew Hoh, 36, a former captain in the Marine Corps who fought in Iraq
before joining the US State department, resigned from his post as the senior
US civilian in Zabul province, a Taleban stronghold in Afghanistan. He said
that he believed the war only fuelled the insurgency, the Washington

"I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned
future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing
this war, but why and to what end."

He said that many Afghans were fighting the United States largely because its
troops were there. While the Taleban was a malign presence, and al-Qaeda
needed to be confronted, he said, the US was asking its troops to die in
Afghanistan for what was essentially a far-off civil war.

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