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Letter: The issue with Afghanistan

To the editor:

President Donald Trump, again demonstrating his incompetence, has given Secretary of Defense James Mattis the authority to send more American soldiers to Afghanistan. That number is reported to be 4,000.

You would think after former President George Bush misled the country into war in Iraq more than 10 years ago, we would have learned that these wars are a colossal mistake. Yet the “experts” keep sending soldiers to die – and billions to waste – in a futile attempt to impose our values on countries that clearly don’t believe them.

The Sunnis hate the Shias. The Kurds hate them both. The politicians are ex-warlords stealing our money and murdering their rivals. It’s been that way for decades. We can’t change it no matter how many lies we tell, troops we send, or billions we throw away.

Tom Minnerick

Elgin

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