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  •  We cannot fix their country & need to leave. (11+ / 0-)

    We cannot fix OUR OWN country while we are trying to fix theirs.

    We do not have the troops to spare, and the troops we have are exhausted and need to come home for good.

    I lived through Vietnam and know how long we stayed and stayed and stayed because some obstinate man decided that it would not be macho to declare victory and go home.

    I don't want to see it again.

    Please, President Obama -- Don't send anyone else's son or daughter on a fool's errand because of something someone has to prove.

    It's not worth it anymore -- if it ever was.

    Bring our troops home now. No more markers in Arlington from this military occupation that can have no resolution, only an end.

    End it.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 03:57:45 PM PST

    •  A Quote from Jonathan Schell (1+ / 0-)
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      Lepanto

      ... Like the imperial powers of the past, the United States wants to impose its will on other countries. Yet it is different from those previous powers in at least one respect: it does not aim to rule the countries it invades indefinitely. Conscious that the American public will not support war without end, it means to leave one day. Therefore the art of victory has to be to try to set up a government that can both survive US withdrawal and serve US interests. The circle to be squared is getting the people of a whole country to want what Washington wants. The trouble is that, left to their own devices, other peoples are likely to want what they want, not what we want...

      The Nation

      Money might buy friends and allies but not lasting ones. A lesson not yet learned.

      East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet ... Kipling

      by truong son traveler on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 02:44:19 AM PST

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