U.S. should stay in Afghanistan as long as it takes

Barack ObamaAfghanistanAl-QaedaPakistan

In reference to, "Afghanistan: What's next?" (March 21), in my opinion, our military forces should remain in that area as long as needed with no comments from Present Barack Obama as to a withdrawal date. He provided such a deadline in Iraq, which has left conditions there in a state of turmoil. It is quite evident when the president establishes such a date, it is done in his selfish interest of a political ploy; but unfortunately, instead, it is playing directly into the hands of our enemies,al-Qaida and the Taliban, who can then make their plans for defense and attack accordingly.

In order to remove the game of politics from this scene, may I respectfully suggest to President Obama that he simply announce, "Effective immediately our U.S. militaryforces shall remain in the Afghanistan and Pakistan as long as the unsettled conditions there warrant it."

Quinton D. Thompson, Towson

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