Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Former Marine captain and State Department Foreign Service official Matthew Hoh resigned yesterday over his disillusionment with the Afghan War. On Sept. 10 he had written, “I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan.… 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,” as reported by Karen DeYoung in the Washington Post. “‘I’m not some peacenik, pot-smoking hippie who wants everyone to be in love,’ Hoh said.… ‘There are plenty of dudes who need to be killed,’ he said of al-Qaeda and the Taliban.”

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