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Marine captain resigns citing 'irrational' war

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posted on Nov, 7 2009 @ 01:10 PM
A former Marine captain who became the first foreign service official to publicly resign in protest over the war in Afghanistan says staying in the country is not in America's interest.

"The losses of our soldiers do not merit anything that comes in line with our strategic interests or values," Matthew Hoh, who signed on as a foreign service official in Afghanistan after fighting in Iraq, tells NPR's Melissa Block.

Hoh resigned last month after spending five working months in Afghanistan. In his resignation letter, he said he had "lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purpose of the United States' presence in Afghanistan."

Hoh says he is more concerned about why the U.S. is in Afghanistan than debating Gen. Stanley McChrystal's views or those of others in Washington. McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has asked for an additional 40,000 troops, a request President Obama is considering.

"I prefer to keep talking about: Is it worth winning?" Hoh says. "Is it worth losing more lives? And is it worth spending billions of dollars that, frankly, this country does not have?"


Given the heated debate about the Fort Hood tragedy I felt this story was relevent.
I would add that those closest to the fire should be the first to smell the smoke. Everyone is entitled to their opinion however those putting thier lives on the line actually in the thick of things should be given slightly more consideration than the armchair generals trying to justify our continued presence where we are arguably not wanted or needed.


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