For What it is Worth – A Letter to President Obama on Afghanistan


Dear President Obama:                                                                          12 March 2009

       Having served my nation during three wars, 1942-1973, I would feel remiss
in not offering my concern on the wars in which we are engaged. Although
you are the man with the responsibility and have at your disposal info I don’t
have, I offer the following opinion: 

       I am adamantly against any further excursion into Afghanistan. The
Russians, even with their short supply lines, lost their hat and butts and after
nine years, left with their tails between their legs. Also, I see no reason for
staying in Iraq.

pres       For some reason, the Christian world does not understand (not that I do)
the Muslim world and their constant battles between different sects of their
faith. We are considered Infidels, worthy only of bloody destruction. 

       Let’s pull out and let them have at each other. I don’t have the answer.
I don’t know if anyone has. I am just tired of seeing us waste our American
youth somewhere they don’t even want us, also not forgetting the financial
drain on our faltering economy. 

       Just because Democracy is good for us does not mean we have to force it
onto other nations. We are having enough trouble trying to make it work at

Mr. President, I certainly hope and pray this seemingly never ending war will
not be your Waterloo.  People are getting tired of war, even just ones, much
less fighting in an area for an idea the warring nations do not want to even
consider, "PEACE".

For What it is Worth!!!

Colonel Colin J. N. Chauret, USAF Retired Fighter Pilot
Universal City , TX 78148
 [email protected]



About the Author: Colonel Colin J. N. Chauret, U.S. Air Force-Retired is a World War II/Korean War Veteran who could be called The Mustang Colonel. He flew over 700 hours in P-51 Mustangs.  As a writer and veterans rights advocate he has sent out 106 articles to over  87,367 recipients. He has been published 47 times in the past five years in local newspapers, the Herald & Express-News. Colonel Chauret has been on radio in Alaska, Florida, and Canada as a guest commentator. His writing and commentary spans the political spectrum from a moderate to right of center viewpoint, but tends to be willing to listen to the left of center. His messages have been used on FOX, CNN and MSNBC by name.

The PBS Jim Lehrer Hour, John Kerry and Wesley Clark have used info provided by Colonel Chauret on former President G.W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard duty. He has written pieces for the Nation and Time Magazines. His stand against torture practices and violations of the Geneva Convention have also been reported in British Newspapers. Colonel Chauret is a passionate opponent against how our government treats POWs and Detainees at GITMO and elsewhere. He has recently written aboutthe pros and cons of the current Obama administration. written assessments on the US National Debt, Social Security, Medicare and other Financial Problems inherited by the current President.  



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