Thursday, April 19, 2012

And so it continues- a letter to the editor

In today’s Daily Star (4/18/2012) is another article relating to Afghanistan. It consists of demands from Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the United States pledges a minimum of $2 billion /year to support their military after we leave in 2014. U.S. officials were quoted as expecting to provide $4 billion. The amount is expected to be finalized at a conference to be held in Chicago in May. What Karzai wants is a firm commitment not just some vague promise.
Our country is operating with an annual deficit of $1.2 trillion. Keep that thought in your head as you ponder the wisdom of an open ended commitment of this amount for decades to come. How insane is this.
At least when Russia called it quits after they lost they took what remained of their marbles and went home. Their defeat among other things ended up breaking up the USSR as they were nearly bankrupt. In my opinion we are nearing that same situation. How can a responsible government continue to give vast sums away that we borrow from China?
One last thought, I wonder how much we are continuing to give to Iraq after pulling out our forces. I have never read anything but I would venture to guess it is similar to what Karzai is demanding.
I have written many times about bringing our troops home, now I am asking to keep our money home as well.

Jack B. Walters
April 18, 2012

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