In response to Lynn Witt's letter (Herald, Dec. 17): I completely agree. I would like to add my comments about Tom
Wright's letter (Herald, Dec. 7).
I think these are Wright's main points: Liberals comprise an enclave and eat lotus fruit. We should send as many troops
as the military demands. We shouldn't set timetables for troop withdrawal. Obama doesn't realize the war extends beyond
the Afghan border. Success is possible.
My rebuttal: I have never eaten lotus. Eating lotus fruit supposedly induces forgetfulness - if anyone has been eating
lotus, it's our military leaders; they have forgotten Vietnam. Liberals don't constitute an enclave"; we're
everywhere. In the 1950s, a Republican and former commanding Army general in World War II, President Dwight Eisenhower,warned America of the dangers of a growing military complex. He believed we must temper the military's power and
ambition with civilian self-control, perspective and good judgment.
Not setting reasonable timetables for troop withdrawal leaves us with an open-ended war and no exit strategy. This is
exactly what doomed us in Vietnam.
President Obama is extremely intelligent and well-informed, and knows full well that Taliban influence extends past the
Afghan border. Does Wright suggest we occupy Pakistan? Why stop there? Let's invade Saudi Arabia. That'll show them
Wright fails to define what success" is. If he believes we can destroy terrorism by sheer military force, he is dead
wrong. As in Vietnam, we're waging a land war, hunting an enemy committed to a mission, that lives in caves and moves
around. We're looking for pins in a haystack, and our soldiers pay for this insanity with their lives. We must accept
the fact that there will be no successful" outcome in Afghanistan, just as there was none in Vietnam.
The trillion dollars, and rising, that we have spent on these two wars in the last eight years, should have been spent
on our own nation-building efforts at home.
Mary Benson, Durango