Letters to the Editor

Pull out of Afghanistan sooner rather than later

President Barack Obama, his administration and Congress have spent a considerable amount of effort in addressing a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan that will not damage our overall attack against terrorism.

But The Associated Press reports that President Hamid Karzai has surrounded himself with an inner circle of advisers urging him to move closer to Iran and Pakistan. Karzai also has recently met with Iran's defense minister and his constant anti-America and anti-West rhetoric comes as no real surprise to those who have followed his political career.

So why are we, the U.S., trying so hard to determine our "exit" strategy? Whenever we take our troops out of Afghanistan, the country's leaders will form political, if not military, alliances with Iran and Pakistan, thus totally negating our 10-plus years effort to rid the country and neighboring countries from terrorist interests and control.

For the continued safety of our military service members, we should expedite our troop withdrawal. Why would we continue to tolerate and attempt to support the Karzai led anti-U.S. government when the eventual outcome is highly predictable?

Michael F. Vezeau

Sun City Hilton Head